Rebekah Mcclure Countertop, 2017-02-04 10:38:14. Marble does have some distinct drawbacks as a countertop material. For starters, marble is a much softer stone than granite, so it has a greater tendency to scratch and mar than granite countertops. Additionally, polished marble is vulnerable to etching when acidic liquids are invariably spilled on it. These spots and marks can destroy the finish of your countertop; you can avoid this issue by choosing a honed finish in place of a polished finish, but most homeowners prefer the appearance of polished marble. Finally, marble is a porous, absorbent stone, meaning it tends to stain. While some homeowners like the patina their marble countertops develop over the years, many do consider it a drawback.
Belinda Carson Countertop, 2017-07-18 02:17:22. Somewhere in between natural stone and synthetic countertops is engineered stone, or quartz countertops. DuPont’s Zodiaq countertops are a popular quartz countertop choice, and are available in stunning color and pattern variations. Quartz countertops are composed of ground quartz which is blended with coloring, synthetic and other materials to form a unique, natural look not found in solid surface countertops. Quartz countertops are pricey, though. With pricing starting at about $45 per linear foot, it too is actually higher in price than some granite.
travel Countertop, 2017-07-16 02:47:50. Marble does have some distinct drawbacks as a countertop material. For starters, marble is a much softer stone than granite, so it has a greater tendency to scratch and mar than granite countertops. Additionally, polished marble is vulnerable to etching when acidic liquids are invariably spilled on it. These spots and marks can destroy the finish of your countertop; you can avoid this issue by choosing a honed finish in place of a polished finish, but most homeowners prefer the appearance of polished marble. Finally, marble is a porous, absorbent stone, meaning it tends to stain. While some homeowners like the patina their marble countertops develop over the years, many do consider it a drawback.
Heidi Gilmore Countertop, 2017-07-16 12:23:53. Quartz countertops are constructed from an engineered stone made from 93% quartz, pigment, and resin. This stone counter material has many of the same qualities of granite, but without the upkeep issues. Quartz countertops are heat and scratch resistant and will not stain. And, unlike granite, quartz never needs to be sealed. As a man-made material, quartz counters have a uniform color and pattern. Some homeowners do prefer this consistent look to the unique aspects of natural stone. It also means that if a segment of your quartz countertop is damaged, an identical replacement section can be obtained from the manufacturer without concerns about matching.
Kelli Pope Countertop, 2017-07-14 09:02:54. Granite is such a strong and reliable material to use when designed kitchen countertops. A few common issues are of no concern if you have granite countertops; some of these are chipping of countertops and burning. Granite itself is heatproof, so if you have to place a scorching pot on it, it will warm but not burn.
Carolina Lee Countertop, 2017-07-13 02:30:47. When choosing the right countertop material for your kitchen, bathroom or bar area, you have a wide variety of choices. And a wide variety of price points! Educating yourself on the options and their costs - both initial investment and lifetime value; will be an effort most worthwhile. In this article, we will outline the various options, and show you how granite can be a high-value option, without the high price.
Peggy Hewitt Countertop, 2017-07-14 00:56:57. Not only do granite countertops make your kitchen look terrific, they have some other uses that can come in pretty handy too. For one thing, they are going to add to the value of your home, which is going to be quite helpful when the time comes that you decide you want to sell and move on. Another great thing about these countertops is that they can be used as cutting boards, and you are not going to be damaging the beautiful surface with your knives while you are cutting and preparing food. You don’t need to worry about burning them with hot pots and pans, and it is fine to go ahead and set them right on the heat resistant countertop. Yet another bonus is that once your countertops are sealed, they are anti-bacterial. The surface will not hold bacteria, so that it cannot grow, and this makes granite countertops a healthy thing to have in your kitchen.
travel Countertop, 2017-07-13 02:22:09. If you want a less expensive material, you can go for the laminate kitchen countertops. These are rather cheap and low-maintenance countertops that you can easily install yourself. While it does need minimum maintenance, you have to take care when using knives, hot pots and pans because any damage done on a laminate kitchen countertop is irreparable. Laminate countertops also need minimal cleaning everyday. Extra cleaning with a soft-bristled brush and soap can be done twice a week to remove accumulated dirt and oil.
Marianne Compton Countertop, 2017-07-18 06:32:50. 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.
Jeannine Castro Countertop, 2017-07-15 02:00:28. And finally, we have our personal favorite - granite countertops. Granite’s elegance is second to none. Walk into a kitchen with granite countertops and you will immediately take notice. Because granite is natural stone, its color variances and random patterns are unmatched by any man-made material or process. Shopping for granite is fun, too. To choose the right granite for your home, you can visit quarries and showrooms that have large slabs to see. By viewing the granite slab in its entirety, you can see wide patterns and variations not visible in small swatches. Granite is highly durable and resistant to staining, scratching or scorching. Granite can be repaired n some cases, unless the damage is deep or cracked throughout. Granite is a solid value, too. Because it is considered by most to be a luxury item, granite countertops will add resale value to your home. And what most people don’t realize is that this ’luxury item’ can actually cost less than other less expensive-looking materials.
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