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Replacing The CountertopFor most home owners, the kitchen is one of the most crucial sections in their home. Therefore, many experienced property agents agree that improving the kitchen is one of the best methods to increase the home’s value.

The kitchen is also become one of the main areas that is often shown during the presentation by the real estate agent. The real estate agents will able to attract their customer’s interest more if the home has a nice and lovely kitchen.

There are four basic kitchen improvements that can be done by the home owner whether to increase their home value or to make their home more cozy and beautiful. Those basic methods are;

Replacing the old and out of style kitchen appliances

Replacing the old flooring with more stylish model

Changing the style of their kitchen cabinets, and

Replacing their kitchen countertop

In this post we will discuss about the last part, especially about some countertop materials that can be used for kitchen improvement.

When choosing the material for your new kitchen countertop, it is more than just going down to the hardware store and bought the new countertop and replaces the old one. You must consider on the time and effort to maintain the new countertop in the future after you have install the new countertop.

If you are too busy to taking care of the new countertop or the new countertop material need special care while you do not have enough spare time to do it, it will be much better if you do not choose that countertop material.

Budget is also an important part when choosing the new kitchen countertop. The combination of countertop’s style and material might provide good solution to prevent the home owner from going over budget when replacing the new countertop for their kitchen improvement.

And the most important part when choosing the new countertop; the home owners must understand that the countertop is the main focal point from the entire kitchen area. So, the home owners need to think seriously about the size, style, design, color and material that they want to choose from what’s going to be the new kitchen countertop.

There are various materials that often use to make stylish countertop such as; granite, acrylic, laminate, stone, stainless steel, tile or hardwood. The price is also vary even among the same countertop material, therefore the home owner can choose the countertop that suit to their budget.

On the next post we will discuss about some of the countertop material in general point.

This is the last parts of materials that are often used as kitchen countertop. In this post we will talk about countertop that is made using hardwood, laminate and acrylic material.

Hardwood

Countertop which is made from hardwood is also known as Butcher Block Countertop because it is often used by butcher in their shop. Any types of hardwood can be used as countertop material, but usually the wood from oak or maple tree are the most popular hardwood for this purpose.

Hardwood countertop has warm and beautiful appearance with variety of textures, colors and shades. Hardwood countertop can also be used as secondary cutting board as long as the home owner does not mind that their countertop will get scratch all over its surface.

If the hardwood countertop get scratch, stain or deep cuts, it can be fix and sanded easily and then re-coating it to restore its appearance. The price for this type of countertop is somewhat more affordable to home owners.

The drawbacks of using this type of countertop are the material is quite soft, so it can chip, dent, scratch or get burn easier. Due to its nature characteristic, the hardwood shape can also change. It can get shrink or warp over the time.

The hardwood color can also affected by moisture, especially near the sinks where it often gets contacted by water. To prevent this from happening, regular sealing is needed to preserve the color.

Laminate

Formica commonly used as the material for laminate countertop. It is a thin plastic layer which is glued to a wood or particle board to imitate the appearance of hardwood but with lighter weight. There are countless of color and the pattern from this material.

Because this type of countertop is easily manufactured the price for this material is quite cheap. The plastic material has high resistance again stain and easily clean without too much of effort.

The laminate countertop has less durability compare to the other materials. It has weak resistance again scratch and heat. It is also vulnerable against abrasive cleaner that can make the color become dull. Even without using the abrasive cleaner, the color of this material will fade over the time. The laminate countertop is also weak again moisture. The plastic can warp and the glue becomes weak if it constantly exposed to water or high humidity.

Acrylic/solid surface

Solid surface or acrylic countertop are custom made counters that are used for special purpose or application. It is stronger and more durable than laminate countertop. It is also high resistance against water and even against bacteria and molds.

The material is non porous, so it high resistance against water and easier to clean. Although it has weak resistance against scratch, any scratch or damage can be sanded easily. The material is weak against heat, so it can get burnt easily.

So, with the variety of options that you can choose for your kitchen countertop, you can choose the material that suit with your taste, condition and budget. Renovating the old countertop could make good statement and enhance the appearance of your kitchen.

Let’s continue our last discussion about the materials that can be used as kitchen countertop

Tile

With the variety of tiles sizes, design, shapes and colors, there are endless choices of designs for countertop that using tiles. Not to mention that glazed porcelains and ceramics are already popular and common to accentuate the kitchen.

Tiles countertop can use a square inch tiles for its surface or if you prefer to use the bigger size that available in hardware store. Anyway you choose it can still work and improve the kitchen. Tiles countertop is relatively has high durability, scratch and heat resistance.

One of the best advantages in using tiles countertop that it is more affordable compare to most natural stones. You can choose the type of tiles that suit to your budget.

The drawbacks from using the tiles countertop is that the tile can chip easier compare to other material. But, on the other hand fixing it would also become easier and less expensive, since you will only need to replace the tiles that are damage without replacing the whole countertop tiles. You just need to find the same types of tiles with the same pattern and color.

Another drawback is the grouts between the tiles. The grouts can get stained easily from any spills. Therefore you need to clean it quickly and properly when there are spill, so it will not leave any stains.

Using larger size of tiles can reduce the amount of grouts from the countertop. But, if the tile is chipped and need to be replaced, the fixing costs will high since larger tiles is pricier than the smaller one. Therefore, the home owners need to think carefully about the size of tiles that they are going to use as the countertop.

Concrete

Concrete is also another good option for the countertop. Usually, the concrete that is used for the countertop surface is colored and polished until it shiny and smooth. If it done by experienced professional, concrete countertop can has similar appearance like any natural stones.

The concrete for the counters can either casted in a factory or it can be molded on the site. The concrete countertop can be molded in to various shapes with variety of thickness. Other advantages from the concrete countertop are that it has high durability and high resistance against scratch and heat.

Bu, due to its nature, the concrete countertop has more porous compare to other countertop material. Using the sealer to coat the surface has to be performed regularly along with waxing the surface to maintain its glossy and smooth surface. Therefore, the concrete countertop will require extensive maintenance.

Stainless steel

Although stainless steel countertop is commonly used for the kitchen of restaurants and other dining places, it can also be applied to common houses. There are many advantages when using stainless steel material as kitchen countertop such as; water and other liquid resistance, excellent durability, high stain and heat resistance, low maintenance, easy to clean and many other advantages.

Therefore, stainless steel countertop is perfect for busy kitchen with intense food preparation and cooking activities. The drawbacks are that the style and design for the stainless steel countertop is too plain, making the kitchen looks too stiff instead of stylish. The countertop surface is also easily dent because small impact and can scratched easily, leaving marks that difficult to fix.

On the next article we will discuss the last part of material that often used as the kitchen countertop.

If you are considering in replacing your old kitchen’s countertop with the new one to improve your kitchen’s style, one of the first consideration is to choose the material that you are going to use from all of the material option that available in the hardware store.

So, here are some basic information about countertop material that are often available. Therefore you can decide which countertop material that you want to install as your new kitchen countertop.

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular materials for kitchen countertop. People love to see its beautiful surface that pleasing the eyes of people who seen it. This material has high resistance against heat, so it can withstand from cooking activities, the stove and other cooking appliances.

Granite is also scratch resistance, so it has high durability and does not wear easily. Therefore this material can last for a long period of time. Granite is suitable both for modern and classic kitchen design, so this material will never out of style. It is one of the best choices to improve the kitchen both for the style and to improve the home value.

Unfortunately, due to it great advantages, natural granite is also one of the most expensive materials for countertop. Another drawback from this material is that this natural stone is porous. So, it can stain easily if you do not clean the surface immediately and properly.

To overcome this problem you can use special sealer to close the granite pores to prevent it from getting stained easily. The home owner must avoid using the granite countertop as secondary cutting board. Although this material is hard and has high scratch resistance, constant impact with the sharp knife will damage its finish and surface, and it is also will damage your kitchen knife’s edge too.

Other natural stones

Other than granite, there are also different kinds of natural stones that can be used as good material for the kitchen countertop such as limestone, slate surfaces, marble or quartz. Although they are not as good as granite, each one of these natural stones have their own appeal that can improve your kitchen style.

Limestone has natural appearance and its color can change to darker after some times. The stone is perfect for people who want to add natural style in their kitchen or to be used as outdoor countertop. But, this material is more porous than granite, so you need to clean quickly when there is spill on the surface.

Slate material often used for roofing. It has unique appearance, so it is really enhance your kitchen style. It has high durability and does not need sealing protection as other natural stones material, but regular maintenance is needed to preserve its appearance.

Natural marble has beautiful and unique color pattern. It is also has high resistance against heat, so it can absorb the heat from cooking activity and stay cool. It goes extremely well for food preparation and presentation. Unfortunately, this material has less durability than granite and it is need more sealing protection to maintain its appearance and from the stain.

Natural quartz has similar appearance like the slate material but has higher resistance again scratch and stain. Artificial quartz is also become great choice for countertop, but the price is more expensive than the natural quartz since the artificial require various materials to produce.

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