The range of usable countertop materials that can is amazingly diverse, and some of these options may surprise you.
Laminate countertops are formed from a thin layer of plastic bonded to particle board or medium-density fiberboard. This countertop option comes in many colors and styles for a versatile fit in any style of kitchen. Laminate countertops are also one of the most affordable and easy-to-install options, but are often considered inferior to some home buyers and are susceptible to chipping, peeling, and scorching.
Natural stones are a great option for countertops and whether you choose a sturdy solid slab of granite or large, virtually seamless granite ‘tiles’, this material will look good anywhere. Solid granite slabs are sturdy and durable countertops, unique in their markings and speckles whereas granite tiles offer a more affordable option for the material despite its comparative difference in thickness. Granite often tends to improve your home’s real estate value and can easily be cut into a variety of borders or offered as a no-seam countertop. While fairly expensive, it is popular for a good reason and highly recommended.
The current king of countertop material designs, quartz is one of the latest and greatest in synthetic countertop materials. Composed of pulverized waste rock plus resins for hardness and binding, quartz may be an engineered stone product that doesn’t look cheap. Quartz adds the glow of crystals and other natural minerals while adding sleek style with a variety of colors and styles coupled with durability. Comparable in cost to granite, quartz is a great option for beauty and flexibility. Quartz can even imitate marble without comparative expense.
If cost or efficiency isn’t an issue, there are also some uncommon, unique countertop materials available to choose from. Uncommon natural stones like slate and soapstone or other natural resources such as a reclaimed wood butcher’s block are great options for bringing nature into your home. Industrial look fans rejoice because if you’re more of an urban explorer, concrete, stainless steel, glass, and zinc are also uncommon options you may find. Just keep in mind that some of these materials may require some research, money, and an experienced contractor.
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