Kitchen Countertops - Choices
With the multitude of different companies in the kitchen countertop market vying for your money it is easy to become unsure of which product is right for you. Are the hard-wearing qualities and natural beauty of granite what your kitchen needs? Or does your budget and lifestyle mean a plastic laminate surface is more suitable? Could tiles be the best compromise? Or maybe the adaptability and current popularity of concrete countertops has grabbed your attention. There are many considerations to be made before deciding which countertop is right for you. And that’s even before you begin worrying about such important details as color.
Kitchen countertops must perform the role of workspace, social zone and occasional eating area. They must create a sense of order and cleanliness while still being functional and easy to clean. Because they are often the single largest surface in the kitchen, countertops are extremely visible and must either compliment the room’s style or be the center of the attention themselves.
Not only must you consider the cost of the countertop you want, you must also think about the cost of installation. Some heavy custom countertops like granite or engineered stone are quite simple to install – gravity and an adhesive will hold them in place. But other countertops, such as those made of tiles or laminates require more effort and technical skills. Obviously, paying a professional something like $50 per hour for the installation of your countertop is going to have an impact on your budget. However, keen do-it-yourselfers can always save money on their new kitchen countertop by doing some of the work themselves.