No kitchen is complete without an elegant looking kitchen top and these tops not only add a touch of beauty and glamor to your kitchen, but also make sure that your operational needs are met. This is because a kitchen counter top is a very essential part of any kitchen. Kitchen Counter tops are a very common feature in any kitchen and have indeed become a necessity in recent times.
A good kitchen counter top makes sure that all your pre cooking activity like cleaning, cutting and even packing after the cooking is over, is done in a very organized way and also ensures that you are safe from issues like food poisoning. To ensure this, you need to not only have a good kitchen top, but also one that can be maintained easily.
A good kitchen counter top increases the aesthetics of the kitchen, as the entire look of the kitchen increases if you haven elegant counter top. These counter tops are normally the horizontal surfaces on top of the cabinets and cover the cabinets in such a way that the cabinets, which are normally wood or plywood are protected from spillages and heat.
There are many options as far as kitchen counter tops are concerned, and these range from the most expensive to the economical variety. Granite is a very common choice and despite its high price, finds buyers from all sections. This is because it is elegant as well as easy to maintain. These are stain free and scratch proof to a certain extent. The price has also dipped in recent times, making it affordable to more people. Another common choice is concrete, especially for the budget conscious. These are not as elegant as granite is and hence look a bit rugged. Some other viable alternatives are wood and marble or even stainless steel.
Wood is sometimes preferred, especially if you have a dry pantry to be furnished. This is because normal kitchens have a lot of water based activity and wood can rot due to excessive water. Some people choose to protect wood by having a sheet of laminate over it, but this is again subject to chipping or cracking, as laminate sheet cannot take excessive heat and tend to bubble up due to heat. Marble is an expensive option and also not sometimes worth it, as these get easily stained. But, if you have the money and are sure that the marble counter top is only there to add elegance and not for operational reasons, it is a good option, as the kitchen looks really elegant and rich.
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