Some of the most common countertops include stone, ceramic, and laminate. Stone counters are of high quality and come in many different patterns. Ceramic tiles are clay, less expensive than stone but still extremely durable and available in a variety of colors. Laminate counters are varied and cost effective, but more easily damaged than other options and without the long lifespan. Homeowners who want a unique countertop can choose from a variety of different options which can highlight a kitchen style.
Stainless steel countertops are useful for homeowners who want counters to match stainless steel appliances. These counters are easy to clean and excellent for contemporary designs. They may be more expensive than other counter options, but they are durable and as rust resistant as other stainless steel components.
While concrete used to be relegated to simple flooring, installers can now manufacture concrete in a wide variety of forms. This means that concrete can be designed to function as a smooth and durable counter surface. Homeowners can choose what color and pattern they want their counters to be. A skilled installer can make concrete resemble other types of stone as well, including granite and marble.
Cork materials are made from materials harvested from cork trees. These natural materials are then compressed and sealed together to form a durable yet forgiving countertop material. This cork material is environmentally friendly and can add an exotic look to any kitchen. Cork counters are available under brand names like Corian.
Wood like pine or oak can also be used as countertops. These materials create a warm, layered counter than goes very well with country styles and wooden cabinets, while the knots and grain differences ensure that each counter is unique. Of course, wood is not as durable as other materials, and is subject to gouges, scratches, and overall wear. Homeowners will need to resand and recoat their wood countertops as needed.
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