Guide to Kitchen Countertop Replacement
If you are remodeling your kitchen, then putting a new kitchen counter top can greatly enhance the looks and functionality of your kitchen. There are many different types of countertops you can choose for your kitchen each having its characteristics. You can find the right kitchen countertop that that will fit you taste and your budget.
If you want to make an informed purchase, you will need to know the different materials used for countertops and their properties.
Laminates are very popular today and these are thin sheets of plastic that you install on your countertop. Many people use Formica, which is the most common laminate, for their countertops. Laminates are able to achieve the look of other materials. Laminates do not cost much and it comes in a variety of colors, surfaces, patterns, and edges which can be square or rolled; they are resistant to stain and easy to maintain.
If you use tiles for your kitchen countertop, then you have an inexpensive material that can add color and character to your kitchen. You can buy tiles of different sizes. Tiles are made of glazed ceramics and they are resistant to scuffing, soiling, and dampness. If you are a creative person, the use of tiles can help design your kitchen in a creative way. They can be arranged in different directions. You can also find a wide range of tile textures and patterns.
Granite is a stone countertop that many households love. This type of countertop is extremely durable, resistant to heat, and scratchproof. There is no need to a chopping board if you have a granite countertop since they cannot be scratched even if you cop your ingredients there. They are available in natural colors in polished and matte finishes. Soap and water is enough for daily maintenance, but special cleaners should be used for stains.
If you want a stone countertop, then your other options aside from granite are limestone and marble. limestone is resistant to heat and impact. You can get it in limited colors. Marble has a non-stick surface which is ideal for baking.
Quartz is also a natural material that is tough and durable. When it comes to scratch and scorch resistance, nothing beats quartz. You don’t need to reseal it and it provides better stain resistance than granite. You can buy this in different colors and many edge design options. You can prepare your food ingredients on a quartz countertop.
A wooden kitchen countertop is great for your kitchen. You can easily cut your ingredients on a wooden countertop and your knives’ edges does not easily blunt on it. Wood maintenance is easy, and its life is long.
The time it takes to install your countertop will depend on the type of material you have chosen for it.