Kitchen Remodel: Types of Counter-tops

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Kitchen Remodel: Types of Counter-tops

One of the most important kitchen design decisions you will make is choosing the right counter-top for your lifestyle. A wealth of options are available and factors like durability and appearance will most likely influence your choice. Depending on how you utilize your kitchen will determine what functionality you will need out of your counter-top. Some materials require extra care; a few are close to maintenance-free, and others become even more beautiful as they age. When making your choice, keep in mind that many kitchens use more than one countertop material. So, if it suits your design scheme, don’t hesitate to mix and match. For example use a different design for your kitchen island than your main counter-tops.

Granite

Granite comes in a wide array of colors, ranging from vibrant blues and browns, to midnight black, deep red, and mottled white.  The widespread popularity and availability of granite has stabilized prices somewhat, but it is not exactly cheap

Pros: More durable than marble, won’t scratch, resistant to stains, heat and water if sealed, low-maintenance, high resale value, lots of color options.

Cons: Like most stone, granite must be sealed every so often to avoid stains. And its heaviness means you’ll need very sturdy cabinet boxes to support the weight.


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Stainless Steel

Once found mostly in restaurant kitchens, stainless steel has become popular within the past two decades. These countertops are custom made to fit your kitchen, so you’re guaranteed a tailored look.

Pros: Durable, stain proof, spill proof, temperature-proof, easy to clean and maintain, help reflect light.

Cons: Fingerprints show and must be wiped off frequently, and stainless steel can also dent. It can be loud as pots, pans and dishware clang against the surface. Chemicals can affect its color and cause unwanted etching. Stainless steel is extremely expensive due to the custom fabricationOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

One of the simplest tips when remodeling a kitchen is to work with what you have! As always, a contractor can help you plan how to reuse your old materials in your new kitchen so they don’t end up in landfills. Visit our selection center in Medina to start browsing options for your remodel.

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