Thinking About New Kitchen Countertops?
Your kitchen doesn’t have to be overhauled to get a visual improvement. Sometimes it’s the smaller projects that make the biggest difference. Replacing your kitchen countertops is one of those. New kitchen countertops can help you achieve whatever decorating look you are after, and if you step up in quality will be a lot more durable as well.
When it comes to choosing countertops for your kitchen there are several things you’ll should consider in your planning phase. One of the most important things to keep in mind is your kitchen cabinets. Your new kitchen countertops will be placed on top of your existing kitchen cabinets or cupboards. Sometimes modifications need to made, or you’ll want to change things around so it’s always a point to consider. You’ll likely have overhead cabinets as well, so it’s important to try and choose countertops that will compliment your existing cabinets (unless you are changing them too).
Another upgrade you should consider when you are installing new countertops in your kitchen is a new tile backsplash as well. Tile backsplashes really make your kitchen unique especially if you can find a tile contractor who is passionate about quality, it will look beautiful. Tile backsplashes are common above the sink and stove where they not only look good, but make it an easier area to keep clean too.
What Types Of Kitchen Countertops Are There?
Laminate Countertops: If you’re working with a rental unit, or townhomes then laminate is always a popular choice because of it’s price and availability. It’s available in many colors and styles so it will work with any decor. Laminate countertops are very durable as well, and will stand up to most homeowner abuse. Laminate are probably the most common and affordable countertops.
Corian Countertops: DuPont™ Corian® solid surface countertops are one of the most versatile countertop materials on the market. Corian® solid surface countertops are easy to cut and custom fit and with over 100 colors to choose from there is sure to be a Corian countertop that will enhance the look of your kitchen.
Granite Countertops: If it’s in your budget, granite kitchen countertops look awesome. As granite is becoming more and more popular the price has slowly softened a little so it’s often within many homeowners remodeling budgets. Granite is very durable, takes heat well and won’t crack if it’s installed properly.
Marble Countertops: Marble is probably the most expensive types of kitchen countertops. Marble countertops will also require frequent cleaning and maintenance. Because the marble is a rock and porous by nature it can absorb liquids and spills and easily stains. There are sealers that can be applied to help prevent the staining. Marble is luxurious and looks excellent in any kitchen if you have the budget for it.
Ceramic Tile Countertops: Ceramic tile countertops are quite durable and very easy to clean. They are also fairly inexpensive depending on what style and pattern of tile you choose to use. Ceramic takes heat well but if an individual tile is cracked or broken sometimes the repair can be costly. Always keep a few spare tiles (or even a small box) if you have a tiled countertop just in case the pattern is discontinued and you need to repair or replace a tile.