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The Top Options for Kitchen Countertop Materials

by Shannon Dauphin

The crowning glory of your kitchen is the kitchen countertop. It's the first thing most people notice, and the one part of your kitchen you use every day. Choosing your kitchen countertop materials is a big decision!

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Kitchen Countertop Materials

Selecting a kitchen countertop material can seem like an overwhelming task, but knowing the basics about each type makes your decision easier. Which of these countertop materials is right for you?

  • Laminate. The most economical option, laminate might seem a good choice at first blush. Unfortunately, it is not built to last, and quickly shows wear and tear.
  • Concrete. If sealed regularly and handled with care, concrete can last for a very long time. It is one of the most unique options, with a texture and look unlike any other countertop material.
  • Stone.Granite, marble, slate and other natural stone countertops can be quite expensive, but no two countertops are ever the same.
  • Manufactured Stone. Created with pebbles, polymers, epoxy, and a quartz-composite product, manufactured stone is just as expensive as granite but offers many more color options.
  • Steel. Stainless steel is the choice of professional kitchens, thanks to its durability and resistance to bacteria.
  • Wood. Wood kitchen countertops impart a warm, homey feel, but they require a good deal of maintenance to keep them looking pristine.
  • Continuous Surface. These countertops have no visible seams, resulting in smooth and graceful lines. The lack of seams also makes them very hygienic.
  • Ceramic Tile. Economical yet high-maintenance, ceramic tile is a popular choice for its variety of colors and styles.

You will live with your kitchen countertop materials for a long time, so choose something that suits your budget and your personal style.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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