Written by Adam Blau
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In many households, the kitchen is the center of all social activity. Family gatherings, meals, homework, bill paying and relaxation all take place within the confines of the kitchen area. Even in houses with dozens of rooms, the kitchen remains one of the most highly trafficked and widely enjoyed rooms.

If kitchens are among the most popular meeting places within the home, then kitchen countertops are some of the most used surfaces. Food, newspapers, mail and dirty dishes all seem to end up sitting on top of the countertop at one time or another. Some teenagers have even been known to hop up and sit on the countertop while socializing with friends.

Choosing the Right Countertop

With such a frenzy of activity going on around a kitchen's countertop, it is important to make sure that the surface is composed of a strong, sturdy material. The amount of traffic across a counter's surface is certain to affect its condition. You will likely want to make certain that your own countertop is rugged enough to endure extensive everyday use.

What's more, it cannot be overstated that a countertop's look should be aesthetically pleasing to its owner. Few people would want their home to contain a large object that detracts from its beauty and warmth. By constructing a countertop that complements the rest of the kitchen and highlights the personality of its owner, a person can ensure the highest degree of comfort in this most traversed room in the house.

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