Home Kitchen Countertops Improvement - Selection Tips and Guide

By: Moses Wright

The kitchen countertop is important to the final look and feel of a kitchen. There are many considerations to look into when deciding on a countertop. One must be aware that prices for kitchen countertops vary, and some can be as cheap as $10 per square foot, while others can cost more than $100 per square foot. Appearance and functions are some of the main concerns when making a choice.

The most affordable types are laminates, which range in price from $10-$40 per square foot. Although they're not as durable as some styles, they are fairly easy to install. Luckily, they are not expensive and can be replaced easily, as they do wear out quite easily.

There are also a wide variety of colors and textures to choose from. Some provide very good stain resistance and ease of cleaning. The refurbishment of such countertops can be completed over the weekend. It could be simpler to replace the plywood beneath it also, instead of wasting time trying to ready the older material.

Another style, that is in the middle price range, is ceramic tile. These can cost as much as $50 per square foot, although some can be as little as a few dollars. They're relatively easy to install new, but present some challenges when trying to replace or repair. It can be tedious to separate old pieces that have been stuck together for quite some time.

The biggest headache ceramic tiles poses is grout as it is hard to clean. They might crack ever so often although they are considered quite lasting on the whole. When this happens, they are usually left alone since they are so difficult to replace. Due to this, such countertops can look worn and used before long.

They are very resistant to heat, staining and scratching, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly. They are also very easy to clean.

One of the more recently conceived types is styled concrete. This kind usually runs around $50 per square foot. It has a range of colors and it is highly resistant to heat.

It is advised that you engage a professional to fix the countertop for you. It is heavy and usually needs sealed a few times before use. It does need quite a long period for it to dry.

Another mid-priced option gaining popularity again is stainless steel. It is priced at the region of $50 to $60 per square foot. It is easy to clean, however, scratches show up easily and it gets discolored over the years.

Marble material has been popular for many years. It's a bit more expensive, running around $75 per square foot. This countertop can look in tip top condition if you bother to seal it often. It can be stained easily if it is not sealed well. This type is also available in a variety of colors and patterns.

If you have budgeted enough, you can consider using granite as a kitchen countertop. Prices can be exorbitant but it can be priced as low as $80 per square foot. It must be sealed often, however the look and sturdiness is worth it. Installation can be a bit trickier and should probably be done by professionals. This will give the final result less visible seams.

Engineered stone is a nice mix of modern technology and traditional looks. This type is in the middle of the price range, usually $50 per square foot or more. The choices of patterns resembling stones are varied. It is a good chance for you to get creative with this style.

This material is very durable and heat resistant. Another positive thing to note is that it does not need to be sealed. Stains and scratches should not be a problem either. You can decide to fix up this sort of kitchen countertop on your own, however, the safest way is to engage the services of a professional.

Now you have the information you need to choose the right countertop material for your specific needs. You would be able to find beautiful designs and choices that are lasting to suit the budget you are on.

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