Kelli Pope. Countertop. October 05th , 2017.
In addition to the cost of the materials, you need to consider the cost of installation of the material you choose for your kitchen countertops. Most countertop installations are best left to the experts, because they require special tools or knowledge for their proper installation. This is especially true for natural stone slab countertops and poured concrete countertops, because of the weight involved. For the do-it-yourselfer, tile countertops can be relatively easy to install, if you have a basic knowledge of tile installation.
Concrete countertops made their debut into restaurants, retail establishments, and homes over a decade ago; however, they have grown to be more accepted in the last few years. Once a countertop material for only the do-it-yourselfers and the exceptionally rich, concrete countertops are now starting to make their way into mid-priced homes and common commercial applications.
There are all kinds of different styles of granite countertops you can choose from, and, just like with color and texture, you can always have your countertops custom designed to match your décor. Don’t forget about corners too, and you can choose from beveled, rounded, bullnosed or other styles of edges.
Many homeowners are drawn to the luxurious appearance of marble countertops. The distinctive appearance of marble can dramatically increase the value of your house, since it is typically considered a prestigious, sophisticated material. Furthermore marble countertops are the preferred surface for serious bakers as the cool stone is ideal for pie crusts, pastries, and other baked goods. Marble countertops are also available in a huge range of colors from delicate blushes to vibrant blacks, each uniquely formed by nature.
Next up in budget terms is a wide range of natural wood countertops and not so natural imitation stone countertops. ’Silestone’ is another best countertop idea. It is the color range from vermilion to ’day-glo’ orange that makes this countertop well worth investigating. Silestone also has a very appealing warm leathery quality feel. Corian is a synthetic countertop surface that can be fitted like wood but has the hard quality of marble or quartz, another one the best kitchen countertop ideas.
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