Top Picks For Kitchen Counters
Of all rooms in a home, the kitchen seems to be the one that can always do with a remodel. There are always some new kitchen countertop materials that can make a huge difference to the feel and efficiency of the kitchen.
Among all the new kitchen countertop materials available, granite is the top choice. It is probably the most expensive choice as well. Installing a granite countertop to the kitchen adds beauty and elegance to the kitchen. This natural stone is also easy to clean and maintain.
Granite counters are available in a wide variety of colors. The colors that are most often used for kitchen countertops are red and black. The black kitchen countertop adds charm to the kitchen and compliments the line of silver and black kitchen appliances that are now available.
Marble countertops are also a popular choice among most homeowners. The latest line of Italian marble is an especially popular choice. However because the stone is so expensive it is normally not used extensively in kitchens. Usually homeowners just add a section of marble near the island or near the central dining area.
Engineered stone that is composed of quartz is also a popular choice for kitchen countertops. Just like marble and granite this material is also available in a wide variety of colors. The advantage of using engineered stone as a counter in the kitchen is that it is scratch resistant and easy to maintain. Since the slab is a non porous material it does not absorb any of the cooking oils.
Ceramic tile and laminates are the most commonly used material for kitchen countertops. The advantage of both these materials is that they are not very expensive. Ceramic tiles these days are available in a wide variety of colors and designs. They are also available in a wide range of prices. However, a disadvantage to using this material for a kitchen countertop is that the surface is uneven and it can crack when heavy things fall on its surface.
Laminate kitchen countertops are made of plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that's easy to clean. These days laminates are available in a wide variety of designs. Some of the laminates have also been designed to resemble granite and marble. The biggest advantage to using laminates for kitchen countertops is that it is easy to maintain, durable and inexpensive. However, the problem with the material is that it scratches easily and can start looking dull in a few years time.
Wood as a kitchen countertop is also becoming popular. A lot of home owners with hardwood floors like to use wood for their kitchen countertops as well.