How to select the right kitchen countertop
Most Popularkitchen Countertops Materialsoptions for your kitchen –there are handful materials that can just be a great option for your kitchen. The choices of kitchen countertops materials are just so many but the true fact is that you can get the best choice for countertop in tile store if you look keenly at the several available.
Natural Stone –the most popular natural stones that are used in the making of kitchen counters tops are; soapstone, granite and slate. Here we briefly explore each material.
Soapstone and slate are found in very few colors as compared to granite. The most common soap stone slabs color is dark greenish-black. But it is also common to find lighter-greenish slabs. As for slate, it is extremely dense stone and it is commonly available in five refined colors of; green, gray, red, black and purple. Mottled and variegated purple slates are slightly less common but they have veins and contrasting color shades that are very visible. Soapstone and slate can both be fabricated into sinks if you want to have them match with the countertop. To reduce staining, it is important to seal soapstone with mineral oil as it is very porous. Slate on the other hand, is not porous and it is almost maintenance free. Slate’s surface is relatively soft and a steel wool can be used to smoothen out scratches on it.
Granite was previously found in high-end expensive kitchens but nowadays they can easily be found in commonplaces and it is currently the most popular natural stone used for kitchen countertops materials. Tile Mart Langley countertops made from granite are very solid and they can be fabricated by local fabricators or can be found at various kitchen showrooms and home centers. Granite is found in a wide colors range from variant blues, midnight black, deep red, mottled white and variegated browns. An impregnating sealer is used to treat granite surfaces after they are cut and polished. When treated, the surface can last for 10 to 15 years but for daily cleaning routine, ensure that stone cleaner is used instead of an abrasive cleaner. Solid Surfaces –solid surface materials include; Wilsonart’s, Avonite, Corian and Gibraltar and are made of 100% polyester, 100% acrylic or can be made of up of both acrylic and polyester.
Engineered stone Solid surfaces are completely repairable; they are renewable and are high stain and scratches resistant. Their surfaces can be sanded out to eradicate scratches and burns, and deep gouges can be filled. Undetectable joints are created by fusing seams together. The materials are available in wide ranging colors and patterns and many of them have similarities with natural stone. Sinks that have solid surfaces are also available.