Kitchen Remodeling | Choosing a New Countertop?
Kitchen Remodeling | Is your kitchen in need of a new countertop? Whether your old countertop is worn out and no longer very functional or you’re simply ready for a change, get excited now because you have tons of fantastic choices to consider. Here are four common options along with the pros and cons of each so you can make the best decision for your kitchen.
One of the most popular options for kitchen countertops, granite (pictured above) is widely loved because of its durable surface and high-end design. Granite’s natural variations make for a unique and beautiful look so no two granite countertops are exactly the same.
Unfortunately, granite does have a few drawbacks as well. Granite countertops must be sealed about once a year so liquids don’t soak through them, and spills should be cleaned up immediately so they don’t stain the countertops. Also, granite countertops can be quite heavy, so sturdy cabinets are a must. Many homeowners consider these drawbacks a small price to pay for such beautiful and durable countertops, however.
Laminate is often chosen for its ability to look great and function well while still remaining one of the most affordable kitchen countertop options. Laminate countertops are easy to clean and maintain, and they can even be made to look like more expensive countertop options such as wood or stone at a fraction of the cost.
On the other hand, laminate does have a few cons. Laminate countertops are prone to scratching and staining, and homeowners cannot put hot pans on top of them without an oven mitt. They cannot be used with undermount sinks — they may peel, and they’re difficult to repair without replacing the entire countertop. Despite all of the cons, however, laminate still remains a very popular choice.
For that classic farmhouse look, beautiful wood countertops are a must. Wood countertops provide a warm, cozy feel to a kitchen, they’re very affordable, and their unpretentious appearance allows many homeowners the freedom to stop worrying about scratches and stains. Wood countertops are eco-friendly, and they can be very sanitary if sealed well.
Unfortunately, wood does offer several concerns for homeowners who are more concerned with function than looks. Wood is prone to scratching and staining, it must be sealed every so often, and it needs regular disinfecting to keep it clean. Still, wood countertops make the perfect addition for a cozy farmhouse kitchen.
While most people think of floors when they think of concrete, concrete is actually an excellent choice of materials for kitchen countertops as well. Concrete countertops are extremely durable and highly customizable, giving homeowners tons of options for the color, shape or texture they prefer. They also give homeowners the option of adding in all sorts of different mix-ins for a countertop that is truly one-of-a-kind and special.
While concrete is a fantastic material, it does have a few drawbacks. In addition to the expense, which can be pricey, concrete can also stain or crack, and it must be sealed periodically. Concrete is also very heavy, so sturdy supporting cabinets are a must.
While these four options are among the most popular, the possibilities don’t stop here. If none of these countertops seem just right for you, keep exploring. You are sure to find a countertop you love! – Modernize
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