Toni Sweet. Countertop. October 03rd , 2017.
There are websites where you can enter the information on a form, and in a short time (usually a few hours to a few days), you will receive cost estimates for having granite countertops installed. These quotes should include information about three things: the purchase, transportation and installation of the granite countertops. If all three are not listed, then you will have to check each source to get a total price. Once you have done all of the comparison shopping, you will be able to decide the best installer for your new kitchen countertops.
The best kitchen countertop ideas are those that you hear about before you buy your home or remodel your kitchen. I live in a hard water area and my black granite is impossible to keep looking nice. It is completely impervious to water so every drop sits on it and leaves behind a calcium residue that is a constant struggle to avoid. I also live in a subtropical climate and ants are our constant companions. My beautiful black granite countertop is the perfect camouflage background for insects.
For every concrete countertop, you will want to use some sort of sealer. Concrete is naturally porous, so you will need a sealer to keep the pores from sucking in bacteria, stains, etc. There are many different sealers. Because this sealer will protect your concrete countertop investment, don’t cheap out on this step. Especially for kitchen applications, choose an FDA approved sealer. There are also some that are less hassle than others, so pay attention to details like application procedures and length between reapplying. Sealers can come in many different sheens and even tints. A higher gloss sealer tends to bring out the richness of the colors, while a flat or matte sealer will tone the concrete countertop down a bit. Tinted sealer must be used carefully because if the color is conflicting or if the particle count of the tint is too high, it can completely ruin the hard work you put into the concrete countertop.
Concrete countertop fabricators have been trying many unique ways to set their countertops apart. One semi-common technique is inlaying decorative materials into the concrete countertop when the concrete has yet to cure. Inlaid materials can include sea shells, tiles, natural stones, glass, etc. Even more delicate objects like preserved leaves can be inlaid. Although a sealer can add some protection, always consider the long-term durability of the materials you choose to inlay in the countertop. Countertop artists have also been playing with objects to impress into the concrete. If used on a functional countertop, impressions should be shallow to avoid creating an area that collects dirt and grime. Impression materials are abundant and can include rubber stamps, hand or foot prints, leaves and sticks, cookie cutters or cake molds, etc.
The best kitchen countertop ideas are the ones that meet the requirements of the individual customer. When I first bought my home I fell for the kitchen because it had a large expanse of black granite countertop. It gleamed hygiene and lifelong strength. Black granite is one of the most expensive and sought after countertop surfaces.
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