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The Range of Cost for Kitchen Counter Materials
A multitude of materials, both natural and synthetic, are available to replace kitchen countertops. A major consideration is to select the material that will suit the budget and style preferences of the homeowner. Whatever pattern, style, or color is chosen for the countertops, keep in mind the appearance of the whole room will change.
The cost of materials and installation is a major factor in making this decision. People who need replacement countertops immediately due to damage may just have to choose the most cost-effective materials. Those who can wait and save some money will have the freedom to explore a wider range of options.
The most cost-effective material is a laminate countertop. It is resistant to moisture, is available in countless colors, patterns, and looks. Some laminate is designed to mimic the look of tile, marble, granite, and wood, among many other materials.
It is important to get as high-quality as possible because the cheap brands will curl up at the edges, and the glue can easily peel away from the surface. Other drawbacks include a propensity to chip and scratch, and difficulty in repairing it when damaged.
Tile can also be inexpensive. It is heat resistant, durable, and easy to repair if damaged. Tiles are put on one at a time and held together with grout. Replacing one or two broken or stained tiles, or a small section, will not take a long time or cost a small fortune. The grout has to be kept clean so the maintenance is a bit higher than other materials.
Middle Range Options
Concrete is functional, durable, and less expensive than natural stone. It is vulnerable to staining, so resealing it every few years will be crucial. Solid wood, depending on the thickness and type, can be affordable. The natural beauty and possibility for intricate details make this a favorite. It will have to be sealed to keep it from rotting.
Stainless steel can get expensive, but there are many options in the middle financial range. The look is sleek and modern, with a long life expectancy. This is used in commercial kitchens because it is highly resistant to heat and stains. It smudges easily so cleaning can be frequent.
The Top of the Line
Natural stone, such as marble, granite, and quartz, will be expensive. It may take some planning and saving to get this in the kitchen, and it will be well worth every penny. Granite will be the most expensive option. It is scratch resistant and not damaged by heat, chemicals, and food stains. This will have to be professionally installed because it can be damaged easily during that process.
The selection preferred by most homeowners is quartz countertops. It is durable and non-porous for stain resistance. It does not handle heat as well as granite. The reason it is favored is that it is available in more colors and styles than other natural materials. Marble has a luxurious appearance, but is not as sturdy and will stain easily.
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