190 E. Stacy Rd. Ste. 306-206
Allen, Texas 75002
190 E. Stacy Rd. Ste. 306-206
Allen, Texas 75002
Choosing the right countertops for your kitchen remodeling can be a big decision. With so many possibilities to choose from, deciding which one is right for you may end up being difficult. To simplify your decision we will explain some of the good and bad points of the most popular materials.
Granite is a one of a kind stone in both structure and appearance that continues to meet needs in the bathrooms and kitchens of discerning homeowners. For such a stunning surface, granite can resist more abuse than other countertop materials. Having said that, granite will require regular sealing to avoid unsightly stains and because it’s heavy, your cabinets may not be able to hold its excess weight if they are not very strong.
Nothing looks more glamorous than marble, so it’s a certain winner if you are looking for elegance. It also stays cool, so it’s great for pastry and baking stations. The downside is that even with the proper sealing it can stain quite easily. This is one of the reasons that it is only recommended for smaller sized surfaces. It can also chip and scratch.
In addition to its brilliant, seamless appearance, glass also comes in numerous color options and can be cut into any form. It’s certainly one of the more expensive options, but you’ll appreciate the fact that it’s nonporous and easy to clean, which makes it stain resistant as well as very hygienic. So long as it is not exposed to excessive pressure, it is a surprisingly durable surface. Repair may be difficult if at all possible, so you need to be a bit more careful than you would be with other materials.
This attractive and durable countertop option is the outcome of combining binding resins and quarts. It is easy to maintain, sanitary, resistant to scratches and scorch and stain-proof. While it is a bit costly when compared to other materials it makes up for it in the fact that you will not have to pay too much in the long run for repairs or other maintenance.
This one offers subtle elegance – a cooler option to marble or granite. Soapstone starts out as a lighter gray color, but tends to darken over time. It seems to fit the style of older homes because of its natural softness. The fact is that, it does demand a bit more maintenance than other materials. Cracking can also be a problem given a sufficient amount of time. It is also more prone to nicks and scratches when compared to other stone types, and its natural roughness may spell trouble for your china or scuff glassware.
Concrete should not be limited to flooring. In reality it is gaining more and more popularity as a countertop option for people looking for something unique. It is exceedingly versatile and can be cast in any form and tinted to whatever shade you choose. What it lacks in heat resistance it more than compensates for in durability. There is not much you can do to hurt a concrete countertop. Concrete is porous, so it may stain if not sealed frequently, and with time, small cracks could develop. One other drawback is its weight. You have to make certain that your cabinets or whatever you plan to have below a concrete countertop can support it.
Corian started out as a trademark name that offered surface countertops, and for some reason the name just stuck. Nevertheless, there are many manufacturers producing it presently. It is nonporous and consequently requires little to no maintenance – in essence, no sealing or special cleaning. One disadvantage is that it can scratch, but sanding those scratches out is simple enough. It comes in numerous colors and pattern options, and seamless construction eliminates the problem of cracks that trap dirt.
This traditional choice is easy on your glasses and definitely makes an excellent material for chopping. It can withstand heat very well as long as its not extreme and it is incredibly simple to clean. Having said that, you do need to limit its exposure to moisture and it can cause the color to darken. You really need to guard against scratching or scorching, and make certain that people use coasters for their drinks.
A suitable option for more traditional homes, it is the ideal addition to a classic kitchen. It has a warm natural appearance and is available in assorted wood shades. Progressively it will develop an aged look that gives it more character and charm. Even though it is prone to scratches, you can easily remove them with a bit of sandpaper. Similar to more classic wood countertops, you have to exercise caution with how much moisture a butcher block is subjected to. Like wooden serving utensils it is prone to bacteria and should be disinfected on a regular basis.
For the price conscious homeowner laminate countertops offer an reasonably priced, low maintenance option. Manufacturers have started to produce laminates that try to simulate some of the other, more expensive materials. On the flip side, it is susceptible to scratching, burns and occasionally staining, and with time, the layers could peel. As a result of its construction it cannot be used in conjunction with an undermount sink, and sadly if damaged your repair options are minimal.
Countertops are a vital part of a home renovation project. If you require assistance choosing the best countertops for your Dallas Fort Worth area home then you should talk to an qualified contractor. For a Free, No Obligation Estimate Give Champs Construction a call at (469) 767-5919
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