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Countertops Worth Checking Out

Shopping for kitchen countertops can seem like a daunting task.  There are lots of things to consider including materials, colors, textures, durability, lifespan and maintenance.  Last April, we reviewed some common countertop materials (check out the blog by clicking: http://www.lindusconstruction.com/blog/2012/04/do-your-countertops-need-a-facelift/).  Because there are so many materials you can use, we’ve decided to present some more countertop options for you to review so that you can determine what’s best for your kitchen.

MARBLE

What It Is:  Marble is a rare stone that can be polished to make countertops.  Because it marblenaturally occurs in nature, no two countertops are the same.

Consider This: Marble is prone to scratches and staining.  It can be repaired by a professional.  Marble’s look is timeless.  Marble is heat resistant, but it can soak up oils and odors.

Price Range: $$-$$$

GLASS

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Consider This: A benefit of glass countertops is that they are easy to clean.  Care should be taken to ensure that they are not scratched.  Glass can also crack and if it does, it cannot be repaired.  A perk of glass countertops is that they are stain proof.  Glass is available in multiple colors and patterns and can be shaped to fit the home.

Price Range: $$$

LIMESTONElimestone

What It Is: Limestone occurs in nature when the remains of tiny shells and organisms are laid to rest in a sea bed where they eventually compress and are formed into a rock.

Consider This: Acidic foods spilled on a limestone counter can cause the color to dull and fade.  Limestone counters require annual sealing.  Limestone countertops can come in vibrant shades that may not be found in other natural materials.  They are resistant to humidity.

Price Range: $$

COPPERcopper

Consider This: Copper countertops are long-lasting but are unable to be sealed to prevent tarnishing.  They will show fingerprints.  As it ages, copper countertops will grow a reddish brown patina.  They are prone to denting and scratching.  Different textures are available.

Price Range: $$$

SOLID SURFACE SYNTHETICSsolid-surface

What It Is: Solid surface synthetics are comprised of manufactured materials, most commonly acrylic.

Consider This: These countertops are manmade and are not recyclable.  They are prone to scratching and denting, but these damages can often be fixed by a professional.  They only need minimal maintenance.  They are malleable and can be molded to almost any requirement.

Price Range: $-$$

LAVA STONElava stone

What It Is: Lava stone is one of the newer materials available for countertops.  It is hand extracted from open air mines.

Consider This: The lifespan of this material is uncertain because it’s a newer product.  It’s currently manufactured in France and shipping costs contribute significantly to its price.  It holds up well against staining and scratching.  Because this material is mined, each countertop is unique.  It comes in a multitude of colors.

Price Range: $$$

TRAVERTINEtravertine

What It Is: Travertine is a stone that takes years to form from minerals under intense pressure and heat.  It’s made when the minerals dissolved under water leave behind sediments on the outer parts of beaches.

Consider This: Because travertine occurs naturally, it comes in lots of different colors.  Travertine reflects light which can make your kitchen appear larger.  Spilling acidic liquids on them, that are not immediately cleaned up, can result in etching. Because they absorb liquids, it’s important to disinfect these counters regularly to slow bacteria growth.  It needs to be resealed every couple of years.

Price Range: $-$$

Considering remodeling your kitchen? We would like to help you with your vision and design! Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com to schedule a free in-home estimate today. Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects.

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