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Choosing the Right Countertop Material for your Kitchen

One of the most important choices you will make when designing your kitchen is the type of countertops you decide to install. There are so many different options out there, which can make it all seem rather overwhelming. The first step you will need to take is to consider the various materials. Once you have considered the pros and cons of each material, then can you think about such things as colours and patterns.

 

Natural Stone

 

 

Natural stone is one of the most popular options, and there are several types of stone from which to choose. Some stones are harder than others and some are completely natural, while others are manufactured by adding substances like resin. Some popular options include marble, granite and slate. Granite is often the top choice due to its durability and elegance. Apart from choosing the type of stone and colour, you will also need to decide on the type of finish (polished or matte), the way the edges are designed, and if you want grooves for drainage beside your undermount sink. It's also important to remember that you will need to seal your stone worktops regularly to keep them in top shape and prevent stains.

 

Solid Materials and Composites

 

 

If you are not partial to natural materials, you may enjoy the stylish and durable solid material options. These materials are extremely durable, resistant to stains, and they can even be repaired if necessary. They are available in a wide variety of colors, which is one of the main reasons why they have proven so popular over the years. While they are not the cheapest option out there, they are designed to last, which means that they will help you save in the long-term.

 

Laminated Worktops

 

Plastic laminate is a good option for those on a tighter budget. They are known for being affordable, but prices do vary based on the thickness of the laminate. One of the main downsides of these worktops is the fact that they don't hold up well over a long period of time. They are good if you are looking for a fast and cheap solution, but they are not ideal for the long-term. If you are investing in your kitchen and you don't have money for a more durable worktop, you could use laminate worktops while you save up for a better option. If you are planning on renting or selling your home, you probably want it to look its best. You may not, however, wish to invest too much in a home in which you will not be living. This is where laminated worktops prove to be a cost-effective and visually appealing choice.

 

Ceramic Tiles

 

 

While many people choose not to install ceramic tiles as their main worktops, they often use them on their islands, wet bars and eat-at counters. The reason for this is the fact that tiles have several seams and, for the most part, people prefer seamless worktops for food preparation. Remember, you should never use wall tiles for your worktops. They are thinner and less durable compared to floor tiles. The main advantage is that you can choose the right tile based on your budget as well as your personal preferences in terms of style and color.

 

Wooden Worktops

 

 

Wood worktops look lovely but they are not necessarily practical. While wood can be sealed to help it maintain its color and beauty, it needs to be reapplied on a regular basis and this is extremely time-consuming - not to mention costly. This is why many people choose to add a butcher's block instead of full wood worktops. A wood butcher's block is often paired with natural stone worktops for colorful contrast, practicality and style. Just like natural stone, there are several types of wood from which to choose and it's important that you choose a hardwood if you want it to last.

 

Concrete

 

This type of worktop visually resembles natural stone, and it is becoming increasingly popular. They are wonderfully flat and smooth, which makes food preparation a pleasure. One of the main concerns, however, is cracking. To prevent this, many concrete worktop manufacturers add metal or fiberglass fibers. They can also be reinforced with wire to help hold the concrete in place. Additionally, they are reasonably priced, which is another reason why so many people are attracted to this option.

 

 

Whether you know exactly what you're looking for in a new countertop, or you are still seeking inspiration, Improve Canada is the best place to start. Take a look at the many listings so that you can compare various products and prices before making your choice. Remember to always consider the price in relation to the quality of the product. Ask the manufacturer about care and maintenance instructions so that you are fully prepared.

 

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