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Three Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

 

SoapstoneFinding 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 countertop materials with their positive and negative aspects.

Soapstone

Soapstone is often used in laboratories and commercial kitchens because they are easy to clean, resistance to stains, and durable. This material is also very natural looking and can often be used as a heat sink for hot pots and pans because of its constant cool temperature. If you want something that is simple and multifunctional soapstone will be the perfect countertop for your home.

Soapstone is somewhat expensive at about $80 to $100 for each square foot. To install the countertop properly you will also want to hire a professional. Though you can install it yourself having a technician install it will ensure a longer life for the countertop. Though this will be a large initial investment it will save you money and stress in the long run. Soapstone is also “softer” than other countertops. This means it can get cuts and bumps easier than granite or slate. If you invest in soapstone be aware that it will show its character and age as you use it more and more.

Granite

Granite is a natural stone that can be colorful, monochromatic, veined, or mottled. Granite gives you plenty of options that can be inexpensive or exorbitant. This stone is wonderful for any kitchen and can match virtually any décor. Most granite is priced around $50 and can become more expensive from there. If you want a basis countertop for your home granite may be your best choice.

The downside of granite is sometimes what is advertised as granite is not actually granite. Granite, according to geologists, is stone that is approximately 20 to 60 percent quartz, less than 65 percent feldspar, and is light in color. For countertop suppliers granite is defined by a countertop that is harder than marble and contains some quartz. While the suppliers’ rock that is offered as granite is often durable and beautiful it is not actual granite.

Copper

Copper is a beautiful, unique countertop that will only become more stunning with time. Copper will naturally dent, cut, and change colors as you use it. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind countertop that will make your kitchen look magnificent and rustic.

Copper countertops are unfortunately fairly expensive and will quickly become dented and discolored with time. While some people find this beautiful it is not for everyone.

Source:

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

http://www.beautythroughstone.com/single-post/2015/05/28/Come-Again-My-Granite-Kitchen-Countertop-Isnt-Actual-Granite

+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