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How To Select Countertops For Your Kitchen

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Your countertops have a significant impact on your kitchen. First of all, most food preparation gets done on your countertops. Additionally, countertops take up a lot of space, making them a large part of your kitchen's design profile. Add to that the fact that countertops are one of your biggest expenses for a kitchen build or remodel. Consider your options carefully when selecting countertops for your kitchen.

Consider the Material Pricing

Countertop materials range from tile to granite. As Home and Garden TV points out, granite is one of the more expensive materials, while tile is far less expensive. In addition, you can choose quartz, stainless steel, butcher block or concrete. Marble is a luxurious option, while laminate helps keep costs within budget.

Look for Durability

Another big consideration for your countertop choice is the durability of the materials. Stone countertops are some of the most durable options, depending on the stone. Granite and quartz are very resistant to damage, though granite requires periodic re-sealing. Concrete and butcher block are nearly indestructible with very little maintenance required. Both marble and hardwood require some maintenance, such as protecting them from spills to keep them from staining. However, butcher block can be sanded and re-sealed to cover up surface damage.

Choose a Finish

Unless you opt for laminate countertops, you'll have a choice in how your surface is finished. High-gloss finishes are generally the most durable. Softer matte finishes on stone, tile or concrete make the surface a little more porous. However, softer sheens also hide some imperfections in the underlying material. Along those lines, a brushed surface is preferable in stainless steel because it hides scratches and water marks.

Select an Edge

With stone and concrete countertops, you can also choose the edging. As Better Homes and Gardens points out, the simplest edge option is an eased edge, which is a basic 90-degree angle with a soft corner. This is appropriate for any kitchen style. Beveled and bullnose edges further soften the corners. It's also possible to get more ornate, as with ogee edging, which adds steps. These more elaborate edges are more appropriate in historical or traditional-style kitchens.

Think about Mixed Media

There's no design law that states you have to choose a single countertop material and stick with it. Rather, consider mixing the media. For example, if you have a kitchen island, you could select a wholly different countertop material than the rest of your surfaces. Alternatively, delineate spaces with your material choices. For instance, have a butcher block embedded in concrete to signify your cutting area. If choosing this option, try to stay within a color palette to make the look more cohesive.

Think about price and profile as well as durability when choosing your kitchen countertops. Contact a company like Frankland W J Builders for more information.