Countertop Installation

Written by Charles Peacock
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Installing new countertops is a great way to transform the look of your kitchen. If you've already spent some time looking for new countertops, you're probably a bit overwhelmed by all the choices out there. Let's take a look at some of the more popular countertop materials, and the pros and cons of each.

Popular Kitchen Countertops

Granite is probably the most impressive material you can choose for your kitchen countertops. It is easy to clean, gives your kitchen a solid, substantial look, and it comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors. The biggest drawbacks with granite are that it's incredibly expensive, and it often requires a lot of maintenance. Many people don't realize it, but granite countertops usually need to be sealed about once a year.

Tile countertops are a great choice if you're looking for something classy and unique. Tile gives you probably the widest range of possible designs and colors, and it's the one type of countertop that you can really customize to your liking. Drawbacks of using tile include cost (especially if you choose expensive handmade tiles) and feel. Many people wind up disliking the uneven surface of tile countertops, although personally I enjoy the character and classic feel that it gives to a kitchen.

If you want to give your kitchen a warm look, wooden countertops are a great choice. Wood is usually cheaper than other countertop materials, although it is not as stain or scratch resistant as other harder materials. Luckily, wood countertops are relatively easy to fix and maintain, since you can sand out any stains and scratches that may appear.

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