Picking A Kitchen Countertop You Can Live
Your kitchen countertops serve two purposes -
to provide a work surface and to look good so it?s important to
know how to select one that satisfies your criteria for
Your countertops need to be functional for
preparing food and provide easy clean up. They are also the
first thing you notice when you walk in the kitchen. The right
countertop can add beauty and style as well as practicality.
When planning a kitchen remodel, your countertops should be
carefully chosen for these reasons and
Selecting the material is a matter of
personal preference, but you should make sure the material has
several features. This will allow you to keep the countertops
in tip top shape for many years to come and make them easy to
work with. Countertops are a huge investment and making sure
you get the right ones is critical. Here?s some features you
should look for:
Kitchen countertops take a beating so you
want to make sure they are durable. If you pick a material that
can easily crack, burn or stain you might find that you have to
put money into repairing them. Of coures, durable countertops
will be among the most expensive, but it will be money well
Ease Of Cleaning
One of the big jobs in the kitchen is keeping
the counters clean, therefore you want to choose a material
that makes this job easier on you. Countertops that are made
from a porous material will stain and end up looking unclean.
Tiles will be hard to clean because crumbs and other stuff will
collect in the grout - and if you have light colored grout it
will get dirty very fast. Granite and Corian are pretty easy to
clean and the coloring can help even a dirty counter look
Who would think you might have to consider
safety in a counter top? Well if you have small children you
should make sure that edges are rounded to protect from injury.
You don?t want rough edges on the counter tops either. These
days, you can even buy countertops that are treated with a
special substance that can cut down on bacteria that can cause
Last but not least you want your kitchen
countertops to reflect the style of your kitchen. Think about
the color and texture and how that fits into your current (or
intended) style. You can check out the kitchen showrooms to see
what colors and types of materials look best with the cabinets
you have or might be installing.
You can buy kitchen countertops in many
materials from granite to tile to porcelain to stainless steel
to slate to marble. They are even making them from cement now!
All of these materials can work, and if you select your
countertops carefully they can be an investment you can live
with for years to come.