Tips For Selecting The Right Kitchen Countertops

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Choosing new kitchen countertops is often difficult since there are so many options available. You want a surface that matches the rest of your kitchen and that will withstand years of use while requiring little care. Here are some things to think about when deciding what type of countertops to buy from a company like House Of Floors.

A Price That Fits Your Budget

Countertops can take a significant bite out of your budget if you go with a high-end material such as marble or granite. If you need to control cost, you might want to choose laminate instead. Laminate comes in different colors and patterns, so your countertops can resemble granite even though they are made from a more affordable material.

Another low-budget option is tile. Tile countertops are attractive, and they could be a good option if you're going for a country kitchen look. However, one drawback of tile is keeping the grout lines clean and free of germs. You may want to combine tile with a section of smooth surface space for food preparation.

A Color That Matches Your Cabinets

One thing you need to decide before choosing your countertop material is the color of your kitchen and the cabinets. If you want an all-white kitchen, then marble or solid surface countertops would be a good match. If you're going to choose dark wood cabinets, then you may want a darker color, such as brown granite for your countertops.

You can buy countertops in about any color you want, especially if you have them custom made. However, one thing to keep in mind is that unusual colors are trendy and they may go out of style faster than a surface such as natural granite or marble.

A Durable Surface That Needs Little Care

There are several countertop materials you can choose, and some require much more care than others. Natural stone needs to be sealed regularly to prevent etching and stains. Butcher block countertops may need to be scraped, sanded, and oiled to preserve the wood.

Solid surface and quartz options don't need much care at all. They are durable, easy to clean, and don't need regular sealing or oiling. Plus, continuous surfaces are easier to keep sanitary since there are so grooves or seams to collect crumbs and bacteria.

In addition, consider how you'll use your countertops. If you spend a lot of time cooking or baking, you'll probably want countertops you can use for food preparation and kneading dough. That means you'll want a surface that resists stains, is easy to keep sanitary, and is durable enough to withstand frequent bumps from pans and utensils.

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