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4 More Countertops You Should Know Before Renovating Your Kitchen or Bathroom
Dated: January 3 2021
As you contemplate new countertops for your kitchen or bath renovation consider these four options to complement your design aesthetic.
If your interior design has an industrial vibe concrete counters may be a good choice for you. Be aware that after your concrete counter is poured it can require as many as 28 days to dry thoroughly, so remember to factor that into your renovation timetable. Concrete also needs to be sealed.
One drawback of concrete countertops is that they can crack as your home settles. So if you’re changing the counters of a newly-built home they may experience some cracking over time, but the cracks can be pretty easy to fix.
Butcher block counters are composed of pieces of wood that are bonded together to create a larger slab. They can be a very affordable alternative to stone counters. Typically, butcher block counters have been made from woods like oak, maple, walnut, teak, and cherry, but bamboo is quickly growing in popularity due to its sustainability. So you’ve got many options that can complement your kitchen design.
A big boon of butcher block is that you can cut directly on it if you keep it unsealed. Unsealed counters should be oiled twice yearly. Once sealed, however, you should prep food on a cutting board and not directly on the counter. Because butcher block is porous spills should be cleaned up right away to prevent staining.
If you’ve heard of brand names like Avonite or Corian you may be familiar with solid surface counters, which are made of a combination of acrylic and resin. These countertops are seamless, resistant to stains, and most scrapes and scratches can be sanded away. Be aware, though, that solid surfaces are not heat-resistant, so avoid placing hot pots and pans on them without using trivets. There are tons of styles available on the market to fit the design scheme of your kitchen or bath, including convincing imitations of marble and granite.
Carrara can give your space a clean and sophisticated appearance with its classic white coloring and blue-grey veins. Grey cabinets can complement the marble’s veins, and white cabinets can create a crisp white-on-white look. It’s important for you to know that marble is a porous stone and can stain easily.
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