Peggy Hewitt. Countertop. October 08th , 2017.
Slate countertops come in various tones of grey, green, purple, and black. Slate is becoming a popular choice for kitchen countertops. It is stylish and durable, making it an excellent choice for counter surfaces. Like soapstone, slate countertops should be rubbed with mineral oil regularly, to bring out the beauty of the material. Small scratches can be removed with a damp sponge. Deeper scratches can be buffed out with steel wool.
Wondering how long this project will take? It’s a lot easier and faster than you think to apply it. Achieving a granite look will take as little as 4 hours for an average size (approximately 35 square feet) countertop. These impressive countertop paints also seal out moisture, are low odor and water based. In addition, the kits give you just about everything you need to successfully transform your countertops including a high-grade clear finish coat and associated rollers, foam applicators and a step by step instructional DVD. On average, for most countertop paint kits, it’s recommended that you wait 3 days before using your newly painted countertops. Plan accordingly as you may not want to start a project like this within a holiday time period or when high use of your kitchen or bath countertops are expected.
Over the past several years bamboo has come to the forefront as one of the premier green products. Some of the many uses bamboo has in the building trades include, countertops, cabinets, flooring and furniture. Additionally there are applications of bedding and clothing fabric. It’s green since it is very renewable. Some varieties used for building products, grow up to a foot every day! There is no tree that comes anywhere close to that, and because of this, it is much more eco-friendly to use than traditional wood products.
All concrete requires coarse and fine aggregates for proper consistency and strength. In fact, these aggregates are a main composition of concrete. In the application of countertops, the aggregates are of great importance. Obviously, the aggregates must allow the concrete to set up as it should. However, aggregates can have roles in the aesthetics of the concrete countertop, as well. For example, the type of fine aggregates chosen (i.e. sand) can drastically change the color of the finished product. Also, if the countertop is polished, the process can grind into the concrete, exposing aggregates. In this case, aggregate sizes and colors are just as important as any concrete coloring to the final look of the top. Also, if exposing the aggregate, consider using aggregates other than gravel, including broken glass, marble or granite chips, nuts and bolts, etc.
Next we have synthetic solid surface countertops. The most widely known solid surface countertop product is Corian. Solid surface countertops are composed primarily of plastics with flecks of glass, plastic and other materials to provide color and pattern variations. While solid surface countertops do not look like natural stone, the do provide a seamless look. Because solid surface countertops can be custom fabricated to near any size and specification, long or oddly shaped countertop areas can be covered with one solid piece. Solid surface countertops are scratch and scorch- resistant, and can be repaired if damaged. Many people believe that solid surface countertops are a ’step below’ granite from an aesthetic perspective, and therefore its pricing may surprise you. Pricing for solid surface countertops; starting at about $40 per linear foot; is actually higher than many granite styles!
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