Since everyone needs daily food sustenance, perhaps the most used and frequented part of the house is the kitchen. As it is utilized everyday, it is prone to acquiring damages. A renovation project would be a fitting decision at this time. And the primary component in this space that is commonly utilized is the countertop. Thus, getting or installing this new furnishing would make your kitchen a better functional room.
Countertops come in a wide variety of material composition, colors, styles and prices. These are the key factors that you have to look into upon deciding which kind of countertop you would have. And while determining your preferences in the said categories, be mindful to consider your food preparation needs, budget and available space. To begin with are some of the top picks for countertop materials below. Each of these materials is described as to what are their positive and minimally negative attributes, plus their estimated costs.
Concrete – most common material used in construction but can also be used to have a sturdy countertop. Its main advantages are its resistance to heat and scratching and less porosity than other materials when additives are applied to it. It can also be easily decorated. Its major problem is its vulnerability to cracking. But this can be addressed when the concrete surface is treated. This can cost about $100 per square foot.
Marble and granite – these are top choices if you want an elegant look. Both materials can withstand water damage and heat and have the same price range, from $50 to $100 per square foot. Mable on the other hand is more meticulous than granite in terms of maintenance needs due to its susceptibility to staining. Sealers have to be regularly applied on a marble countertop.
Wood – this is best if you want a natural look or country home style. Wood has inherent beauty and durability. Red or white oak hardwoods are commonly used for butcher block countertops. This material necessitates for various preservation methods such as sanding, resealing and/or oiling. Despite these measures, it still remains to be at risk of acquiring water damage or stains. The same price estimates as the previous materials are applicable to this material.
Stainless steel – most industrial restaurant kitchens use this material for countertops. If you want a modern contemporary look, this is fit for you too. It has perhaps the highest level of resistance against extreme heat. It is also hardly requires maintenance except for wiping it with a soft cloth. These two qualities are the main contributory factors why it costs expensively – from $100 to $200 per square foot. Although it is very pricey, still is prone to denting, scratching and noise production.
Solid surface and plastic laminate – these are long-lasting, stain resistant and available in a wide range of colors. These also have the same drawback of being defenseless from scratching and heat. Their main differences are based on pricing and attractiveness. The former is more costly, from $90 to $150 per square foot, and more nice-looking. The other one can only cost about $25 to $50 per square foot.
Tiles – there are many types of this material but the cheapest and most popular one is the glazed ceramic type. This material only costs $10 to $30 per square foot but still possesses durability, heat resistance and low maintenance needs. You have many ceramic tile choices according to color, texture and design and it can be customized basing from your request. But the custom-made types are naturally a bit pricier. Problems associated with ceramic tiles are susceptibility to cracking, staining in the grout lines and uneven surface. A closely related type is the porcelain kind. This is tougher, more appealing and expensive.
The materials mentioned above have their respective plus and negative points. Thoroughly evaluate each attribute per material so as you can be sure the one you are getting definitely matches your vision for an improved kitchen.
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