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Home Renovations: Installing New Kitchen Countertops

Home Renovations: Installing New Kitchen Countertops By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Looking for a home renovation idea that packs a punch? Consider replacing your kitchen countertops. This seemingly simple change will transform your entire kitchen, not to mention boost your style points.

If you want to replace your kitchen countertops, research the different countertop materials available on today's market. There are many to choose from, and they can vary significantly in terms of: cost, weight, durability, upkeep and aesthetics. Here are some of the most popular choices among today's homeowners:

Home Renovation Must-Knows: Kitchen Countertop Materials

  • Laminate is inexpensive and comes in many colors. Unfortunately, it is difficult to repair when gouged or scratched.
  • Ceramic tile gives infinite design options and resists moisture, scratches, and stains. The grout between the tiles, however, can stain or mildew. Tiles can also crack.
  • Granite is the toughest and least porous material. It is scratch- and stain-resistant when properly sealed. It requires professional installation and repair, and is quite expensive.
  • Marble has a nonstick surface, which is ideal for a cooking station. Unfortunately it is also porous and stains, scratches, and discolors easily.
  • Stainless steel resists heat. It is sanitary and extremely easy to clean, but shows scratches and fingerprints easily. It requires professional installation.

There is a countertop perfect for any taste or budget-all it takes is a little shopping around. This particular home renovation idea is a fantastic, inexpensive alternative to gutting your entire kitchen. It's remarkable how one simple home renovation task can have such a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your kitchen.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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