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Popular Options for Kitchen Countertops

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

granite-kitchen-countersAre Granite Surfaces On The Way Out?

Kitchen countertops need to be strong, heat-resistant, and durable. Granite is a polished rock that is cut from a quarry and is then transported, and fitted into your kitchen. There are various grades, and no two pieces, are the same.

Granite fans enjoy the beauty of the natural rock formations, and patterns, that were formed during the process of heating, and cooling. This is a natural, and beautiful surface, for kitchens, and very strong, and popular. However, there is often debate – lively and contrary – as to what is better, quartz or granite?

There are other materials which are also being used, these days, too.

laminate1. Laminate Or Melamine (Formica)

Kitchen counter tops can be made from a number of different materials. `Plastic is clearly not a good option – as it can melt.

Instead harder, plastic polymers are used to make thin sheets that are layered over a chip board – this is melamine or laminate.

These surfaces are easy to clean and can withstand heat, however, if there is an area that is chipped off, the whole counter can swell, and rot.

In a home with rising damp, it is possible that water can climb up, your kitchen cupboards, and, in the worst case scenario, your kitchen counters, can swell.

Despite the risk of water damage, this is a very popular surface – over 80% of European homes have laminate.

concrete2. Tempered Glass, Ceramic, and Concrete

Modern trends are changing, and kitchen counters are being made of many different materials. Glass is specially made that has a very high heat resistance – like Pyrex cookware – and can be used as a surface. It can also be back painted, to match your color scheme.

It is quite a pricey option, though, and there is always a risk of cracking – especially if there is a temperature difference – from cold to hot. This is called tempered glass.

Ceramics can withstand very high heats – aluminum, for example, starts to melt at 660C while ceramics can withstand heat up to 2000C. Concrete is even trending as a countertop – and can be polished, however, it can crack, and chip.