Guide to Kitchen Countertop Replacement
If you put a new countertop in your kitchen, it can enhance its looks and improve its functionality. There are many materials you can choose for your kitchen countertop and each has its own aesthetic appeal, required maintenance, resilience, and applicability. Whatever your taste and your budget it, you will surely find one the will fit them well.
If you want to make an informed purchase, you will need to know the different materials used for countertops and their properties.
The first type is the laminate which are thin sheets of plastic. Many people use Formica, which is the most common laminate, for their countertops. What is great about laminates is that they can copy the looks of other materials. Laminates do not cost much and it comes in a variety of colors, surfaces, patterns, and edges which can be square or rolled; they are resistant to stain and easy to maintain.
Tiles are also inexpensive and can add color and character to your kitchen. Tiles come in different sizes and you can buy according to your needs. Glazed ceramics are used to make tiles and this material is resistant to scuffing, soiling, and dampness. You can make creative designs in your kitchen with the use of tiles. You can put your tiles in different directions to achieve the effect that you want. There is also a wide range of textures and patterns that you can find.
Granite countertops are getting popular these days. This type of countertop is extremely durable, resistant to heat, and scratchproof. There is no need to a chopping board if you have a granite countertop since they cannot be scratched even if you cop your ingredients there. They are available in natural colors in polished and matte finishes. Soap and water is enough for daily maintenance, but special cleaners should be used for stains.
Other stone options for countertops include limestone and marble. Limestone is beneficial in that it is heat and impact resistant. You can find a limited number of colors to a limestone countertop. If you use marble, you have a non-stick surface which is good for baking.
Quartz is also a natural material that is tough and durable. When it comes to scratch and scorch resistance, nothing beats quartz. You don’t need to reseal it and it provides better stain resistance than granite. There is a variety of colors and edge designs available for quartz countertops. This is an engineered product which is approved for food preparation.
A wooden kitchen countertop is great for your kitchen. You can easily cut your ingredients on a wooden countertop and your knives’ edges does not easily blunt on it. Wood is easy to maintain and has a long life.
The time it takes to install your countertop will depend on the type of material you have chosen for it.