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Choosing Your Best Kitchen Countertop
Selecting the right kitchen countertop material is one of the most important decisions of any kitchen remodeling project. The best kitchen countertop options for you, however, depend on your style, needs, and your budget.
Types of countertops
Kitchen countertop options can be categorized into three general categories: Solid-surface, natural stone, and laminate. Solid-surface countertops are made from synthetic materials that sometimes mimic stone. Natural stones include such stones as granite, marble and quartz. Laminate countertops are made from plastic surfaces.
Solid-surface and natural stones are considered to be the most durable kitchen countertop options because they are resistant to scratches and stains, as well as heat. To prevent the countertops from damage, the use of trivets and hot pads is highly recommended. Also, to protect the counters from dulling and staining, it is recommended you wipe up spills immediately.
Solid-surface countertops are also a good option because if scratched they can be easily repaired with a scrubbing pad.
In comparison to solid-surface or laminate counters, natural stone countertops require more maintenance because they have to be sealed frequently. If you don't seal them, the surface becomes porous and vulnerable to spills and stains. Stainless steel countertops are the easiest to clean, so for daily maintenance concerns, they are the best option.
Granite and other natural stone countertops are the most expensive so they are not a great option for those on a tight budget. To get the same look at a lower price try installing granite tiles. Laminate countertops are the least expensive of all the options available, and they, along with granite tiles, often make a good choice for the budget-conscious consumer.