Published at Tuesday, March 26th 2019. by Jensynn Kotila in Kitchen Countertops.
If you love copper but worry about it patinating, try it in an outdoor kitchen or bar. This party hub won't lose its sheen anytime soon though, thanks to a protective layer of lacquer.
Solid surface is a manmade material originally created as an alternative to stone, designed to resemble granite and other natural stone. It is made mostly of blends of synthetic acrylic and polyester materials, sometimes with a small amount of natural stone dust blended in.
Yet another way to make use of recycled glass is a countertop made from individual glass tiles applied over a cement-board core, much the same as ceramic tile. Although not uncommon, this is generally not a very functional countertop—glass tiles are better suited for backsplashes.
Touches of brass accent a New Jersey kitchen. The Silestone countertops in Lagoon have the look of marble but are stain-resistant. In this beach house kitchen, the gray veining in the quartzite on the island complements the color of the Caesarstone countertops.
Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, all of which need to be weighed when choosing. The more esoteric materials, such as bamboo, zinc, and stainless steel. may prove to be too expensive and hard to maintain for most people. For most homeowners, the more practical options will include materials such as slab granite, engineered stone (quartz), solid surface material, as well as traditional laminates and ceramic tile.
A less expensive option for homeowners who want granite, or those you want the cost savings of installing granite themselves, is modular granite. Modular granite occupies a niche halfway between solid slabs and granite tiles. Modular granite can be described as large tiles pieced together to form a countertop. Although still weighty, modular pieces are lighter than slabs, making them a decent option for DIYers.
Don't be afraid to mix materials. This Chicago kitchen contasts the Absolute Black granite with a leathered finish of pale wood on the island. Gray cabinets are topped with a Silestone counter in subtly-veined Pulsar.
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