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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Choosing a Countertop for Your Kitchen Remodel

There are plenty of decisions to be made when you decide to remodel a kitchen. No matter what kind of kitchen remodel you choose, an important decision always lies in choosing a countertop. Here’s a look at a variety of options when it comes to kitchen countertops.


Granite

This is a very popular choice but it also comes with a high price tag. However, granite is not only pleasing to the eye, it is also scratch resistant, extremely durable and will not stain. It makes for very easy cleaning and has a tendency to hide dirt. Scalding hot pots and pans can go right on top of granite without causing any damage to the surface.

Butcher Block

Pricewise, this is an excellent alternative to installing granite countertops. Butcher block is made out of wood, which can vary from walnut to maple to cherry among others.  To protect the wood, some sanding and oiling are recommended twice a year. End grain is the most popular and durable style of butcher block. Butcher block is not often the sole material for a kitchen counter. It is most commonly installed in a single section, such as the countertop for a kitchen island, with the majority of the kitchen utilizing one of the other materials.

Soapstone

This variety has an aesthetically-pleasing gray look to it. Like granite, it is a natural stone and with similar functionality. Soapstone is a bit softer than granite so its installation should be done by an experienced professional.

Stainless Steel

These countertops are made of metal alloy and match well with other kitchen appliances. The process of cleaning and disinfecting stainless steel is rather simple and it also will not rust or stain. However, cleaning should be done frequently as smudges and fingerprints can show up easily on stainless steel.

Concrete

Concrete countertops are not made completely of concrete, but also include mortar and sand. Concrete countertops are able to take on various colors, which provides homeowners with many options.  Additionally, they are resistant to heat and there is an industrial look that often comes with concrete countertops.

Formica

This is a great alternative for homeowners on a more limited budget. They are a man-made product, some of which have a very contemporary look. There are a wide array of designs to Formica countertops, which are sometimes described as laminate.

Kitchen N Bath Visions is your one-stop shop for all your kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs. With a team of experienced technicians, Kitchen N Bath Visions can help homeowners with the installation of kitchen countertops, kitchen cabinets and much more.