Whether remodeling or designing your kitchen for you new
home, one of the most important considerations to make is
about your kitchen counter tops. These surfaces will be the
most visible areas of your kitchen and the most used as well.
Choice of material will play an important part in both the
appearance and ease of cleaning of your kitchen counter
tops. Some of the materials available are ceramic tiles,
stainless steel, stone, stone composites and man-made
Ceramic tiles can make a beautiful surface for your kitchen
counter tops. The variety available is only limited by your
imagination and pocketbook. There are artists available that
will design your tiles to suit your d¨¦cor needs. This may
be the easiest way to design a d¨¦cor suitable to
your hopes for your new or remodeled kitchen. The
biggest drawback is the extra effort required to keep
a tile counter surface hygienic for your food
preparation. A sealant coat should be applied to
the grout used to hold the tiles in place and extra
attention will be needed to keep that area of your
kitchen counter tops clean and bacteria free.
Stainless steel kitchen counter tops will bring the
appearance of modern technology to your kitchen.
Easy to clean surfaces of bright shining metal make
for a space age appearance that will suit almost any
kitchen d¨¦cor. This tough material will take the
abuse that an active kitchen can endure from the
use of harsh cleaning chemicals and everyday food
preparation. Stainless steel will resist scratching
and dents from normal use and does not chip. If a
sleek modern look is what you want to achieve in
your kitchen d¨¦cor, this material should be on the
top of your list for consideration.
Another metal not often considered for kitchen
counter tops is pure copper. This softer metal, when
in its pure state has a "lining finish" and is extremely
hygienic. Tests have shown that pure copper will kill
many bacteria that live in kitchen environments. The
soft brown finish that copper achieves over time will
give a mellow appearance to your kitchen d¨¦cor.
The softness of the metal will scratch more readily
than other materials, but the "living finish" will repair
the appearance of your kitchen counter tops very
quickly. Just buff or sand the metal smooth again
and in a few weeks, the warm brown color will
There are a variety of stones used for kitchen
counter tops. The most popular are marble, granite,
travertine and slate. These stones come in a variety
of colors with travertine having the most variety.
The drawback of travertine is the natural pits and
grooves this stone has. Filler is needed to give the
smooth surface desired in kitchen counter tops.
Marble is smooth and comes in several shades, but
the porous nature of this stone requires a sealant to
resist stains and liquids. Granite also needs to be
sealed against liquids and has limited shades
available. Natural slate is highly water and stain
resistant and very easy to keep clean and hygienic.
Slate resists scratches well due to its very dense
nature as well. These properties make this material
highly sought after for laboratory counter tops.
Stone composites have all the natural toughness of
stone, are already sealed against moisture and
come in a variety of shades that extend all through
the composite. These are readily available in both
granite composite and quartz composite materials.
Granite composite is a bit tougher than quartz
composite due to the higher density of stone in the
composite material. Quartz composite comes in
more shades than granite and the colors extend
throughout the material. Both of these composites
will give you strong long-lasting kitchen counter tops
that can fit into your kitchen d¨¦cor easily. There are
aggregate composites available that use natural
material mixed with durable resin filler that is almost
as tough as the fore-mentioned stone composites.
This aggregate composite can be found in more
shades than other stone composites, giving you
flexibility in your choices for d¨¦cor.
Man-made materials will offer you the most choices
for your kitchen d¨¦cor. From the older Formica
kitchen counter tops to the solid surface choices
available today, the variety of patterns and colors
available from man-made materials gives you more
leeway in designing your kitchen d¨¦cor than other
materials. Solid surface is a solid one-piece kitchen
counter top that has the basins for your kitchen sink
included in the counter top. This makes for easier
cleaning of the surface and has a space age
appearance as well. The color of this style of surface
extends all the way through the material and is easy
to take care for. It is available in a veneer like
Formica to save on expenses and maintain the
beauty of these materials. Man-made materials
should be given consideration for your kitchen
counter tops in your new or remodeled kitchen.
This should give you some more ideas of how you
want to design your new or remodeled kitchen.
There are a wide variety of materials available for
your kitchen counter tops to be made from. All of
these materials have their advantages and
disadvantages, but the possibilities presented here
will help you to make your choices for your new or
remodeled kitchen. Your choice need only be limited
by your budget. You can allow your imagination to
soar when picking out your new kitchen counter