While the reasons for replacing your current countertops may be numerous, one of the most common reasons is that they are too dull or too ugly. Today’s countertops come in a variety of styles and materials, from natural stone to durable synthetic marble, and a wide array of colors and patterns. This wide selection means that you are certain to find exactly what you want, but if you have always wanted to try something a little different, it may be time to explore the benefits of kitchen countertops.
First of all, it is important to mention some of the finishes that are available, both on the interior and on the exterior of your kitchen. First, polished is the least expensive countertop option, but it also has the lowest durability. Polished countertops are also not very attractive to look at, so they are often saved for places where looks aren’t an issue (such as the bathroom). Next, there are inlaid and stamped finishes, which can be either very beautiful or they can be quite plain. Finally, marble and granite have very nice anti-slide features, which make them a popular choice for kitchens.
Now let’s take a look at some of the more beautiful options that are available, such as the countertops made from granite or marble. These materials are extremely durable, scratch resistant, and attractive. In fact, if you go into any home improvement store today, you will almost certainly see at least one marble or granite countertop. Granite is probably the most durable of all countertops, and it is virtually impossible to scratch. In addition, granite is a form of limestone, which is a type of calcium carbonate which is formed under extreme pressure from the earth. Because of its resilience and its aesthetic beauty, granite is one of the most popular countertops for use in kitchens today.
If durability and appearance are the key factors that you are considering when selecting a new countertop, then the materials mentioned above would be an excellent choice. However, there are a couple other important characteristics that should be considered, including functionality.