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7 Types of Kitchen Counters

When it comes to a kitchen, the counters are one of the features that homebuyers most care about. A good counter has to look appeasing to the eye and be durable through its many uses on a daily basis. Here are 7 types of kitchen counters and the advantages and disadvantages that come with each.

  1. Wood counter tops.

    Advantages: These counters provide a warm look to the kitchen. A wood counter top will be easier to repair than other surfaces, as a wood surface can be sanded and refinished. It can be cut upon and does not damage glass wear as much as other surfaces.

    Disadvantages: Wood has pores, allowing water to enter the wood. In order to prevent this, the surface will have to be oiled regularly but not frequently. Wood also absorbs stains and can be burnt.

  2. Tile counter tops.

    Advantages: Tile can be found in a variety of colors and prices. In comparison to other counters, tile is relatively inexpensive. The variety of colors and styles enables the homeowner to be able to personalize their kitchen. This surface is relatively easy to clean.

    Disadvantages: The grout between tiles is not easy to clean. If a tile scratches or chips, it is hard to replace. And if extras of the tile were not kept, it may be difficult to find a matching tile.

  3. Laminate counter tops.

    Advantages: Similar to tile counters, these counter tops are fairly inexpensive and offer a variety of colors and styles.

    Disadvantages: This surface cannot withstand as much as other surfaces, as it scratches and burns.

  4. Natural stone counter tops.

    Advantages: Stone counter tops are one of the most durable surfaces. The durability depends on the type of stone. Granite is the toughest, as it will not scratch, burn, and can hold heavy objects.

    Disadvantages: These counter tops are more expensive. And some stones will need to be sealed or oiled in order to prevent staining.

  5. Concrete counter tops.

    Advantages: It is unique, seen more frequently in modern homes. It is very durable, withstanding heavy and hot objects. It can be personalized through dying the concrete and adding tiles or other stones.

    Disadvantages: It has to be sealed or it will stain. It may crack over time.

  6. Quartz counter tops.

    Advantages: It is one of the more popular choices for counter tops because of its ability to refrain from burning, staining, and scratching. It does not have to be sealed.

    Disadvantages: Quartz is more expensive. The seams are visible. It is not as versatile in its colors and variations as other types of counter tops.

  7. Solid surface counter tops.

    Advantages: Theses counter tops can be found in many colors and styles. The seams are not as visible as they are in other types of counters. It can withhold large weights, and any burns or scratches that do occur can be fixed relatively easily.

    Disadvantages: Though the problems with heat and scratching can be fixed, if not careful, the surface can be damaged easily.

This information will help you choose the right counter top for you and your family. There is no right or wrong choice. With many factors and options to consider, you should be able to find a counter top that fits you, your family, and your home.

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