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Three More Kitchen Countertops

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

 

Marble countertopFinding the right counter top for your kitchen takes time, patience, and a lot of consideration. Unlike furniture, painting a room, or changing the curtains a counter top is a huge investment that you must love for possibly the rest of your life. To make sure you adore what you choose here are three more countertop materials with their positive and negative aspects.

Marble

Marble is a beautiful, soft stone that invokes thought of elegance, luxury, and classic design. Marble is a stunning countertop that is durable and stands the test of time when properly cared for and installed. Marble comes in classic white hues but can also be different colors due to mineral impurities or can be artificially dyed. Marble also absorbs heat naturally. This is perfect for baking or placing hot pots and pans on the counter without worry.

It may not be the perfect answer for clean freaks. Unfortunately marble stains and scratches easily. Marble is more porous than granite. You can finish your marble one or twice a year to keep the shine and look of marble longer. Be sure to only use gentle clothes, warm water or specific marble cleaners to wipe down the counters. Otherwise this could diminish their sheen. So if you adore the look of marble you must embrace the inevitable impurities or look at other options.

Quartz

Quartz is a stunning, classic countertop that can fit in any kitchen from modern to rustic. Quartz is nonallergenic and can be all natural. Countertops are made with 95 percent quartz and five percent fixatives and resins. Quartz can be a pure white or bright red to earthy green. Quartz is durable and nonporous. It is also as tough as granite so it will avoid scrapes, cuts, and dents.

It is, however, somewhat expensive at $90 to $150 per square foot. The resin in the quartz is not heat resistant. If you purchase quartz you will need to buy plenty of heat pads!

Tile

Tile offers a lot of creativity for many people. Tile countertops can create beautiful, elaborate mosaics that are durable and will last for a lifetime. If you are confident in your DIY skills you can even install it yourself and give your kitchen a complete facelift. This is also the economic answer to replacing your countertop. The tiles only cost $10 to $50 per square foot.

Tile can be difficult to clean after installation and can show their wear and tear relatively quickly.

Source:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/7779702/list/your-guide-to-15-popular-kitchen-countertop-materials

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com