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August 24, 2019by was73100

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The kitchen countertop has to be able to take a lot of abuse

including the heat of pots, cutting and knives and abrasive

cleansers. The ideal countertop should be able to stand up to

heat and the sharp edge of a knife.

Let us take a look at 7 of the most popular kitchen countertop

materials being used today:

Granite – A natural stone, granite is a popular choice for it’s

classic beauty and durability. Granite is the hardest and

densest of the natural stones. It can create a kitchen

countertop that is extremely scratch resistant and can keep its

luster longer than most materials. granite slabs are the most

expensive of all kitchen countertop surfaces, although it is

still considered a very practical material in that it is

virtually indestructible.

Marble – Another natural stone, marble is considered to be the

height of elegance and will last longer than most kitchens. It

is however, is very expensive and requires some care: acidic

foods such as orange juice will etch the finished surface of a

marble kitchen countertop.

Slate – Because of it richness and beauty slate is usually used

in interior applications such as kitchen countertops, bathroom

sinks or fireplace surrounds. It can be used in either modern

or traditional kitchens as well as in combination with marble.

Slate is durable, strong, and can withstand hard use. It is

less expensive than marble

Concrete – This is one of the biggest trends in kitchen

countertops today. It is a good look for clean, industrial and

contemporary kitchen designs. Available in pre formed sections

or poured and formed on-site. Concrete is a good material for

unusually shaped counters. Concrete kitchen countertops are

expensive, require a sealant and must be treated with care. The

countertop can crack if the concrete should contract. Concrete

can be stained any color. The most popular color is a natural

gray tone. The top layer can be finished as desired.

Corian – A solid surface material that first became popular in

the 1990’s It is highly recommended by kitchen countertop

experts. It is a totally manmade product and is not porous. As

a solid surface it can easily be repaired if scratched or burned.

Stainless Steel – Advantages include very hygienic, easy to

clean, has ability to stand up to exteme wear and heat.

Stainless steel can provide a great look for an ultra modern

kitchen. Some disadvantages with stainless is that it can be

noisy and that scratches can develop.

Tile – Tile surfaces can be tough, hard-wearing, takes hot pans, heat and stain resistant as well as beautiful. There are many types of tiles including ceramic, porcelain, quarry, glass,

natural stone and mosiac. Available in many colors, sizes and

textures. It has good design flexibility. Tile can often be

used for trim or backsplashes. The downside of tile is that the

grouts can be easily stained. Also the tiles can become chipped or cracked.

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Source by James Mahoney

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