Choices abound for consumers in today’s kitchen countertop market, Do you want Granite countertops versus Laminate? Engineered Stone versus Solid Surface? Stainless Steel versus Butchers Block? There are o many choices for the home owner to make these days that you can get dizzy from trying to decide! The good news is, no matter what material you decide on, a new kitchen countertop will certainly make the heart of your home feel sexy again.
As a new home buyer, the privilege is being able to pre-determine your choice of kitchen countertop with your home’s developer. Most developers will provide the consumer with a chosen color scheme along with a choice of countertop surfaces (usually granite or solid surface in many new developments) and upgrade options as well. Unfortunately in new developments you are restricted to the master design vision of the developer, limiting you to either redesigning the kitchen yourself or paying for upgrades outside of their vision from your own pocket.
When purchasing an older home or condo, your countertop options are endless. You can stay the course and do nothing, or you can renovate like so many people do today. A kitchen renovation can be the second most profitable project after interior painting and design elements. Several Real Estate investors use kitchen and bath renovations as an easy way to make tired and outdated living spaces, impressive again. All of which also contributes to the increased resale value of their properties.
If you are a first time home buyer, a veteran of the market, or a savvy investor, you will all have your own opinions and the advice of others to aid in making a multitude of choices. Hopefully our information on kitchen countertops will help take the guess work out of your decision making and provide you with the right information to make educated choices for your kitchen design.
Good luck, have fun and happy renovating!
Environmentally Friendly Kitchen Countertops
The use of environmentally friendly materials for kitchen countertops are sweeping the new home and renovation scene. These products are made from recycled materials and content and are beautiful, long lasting and environmentally friendly.
They are being made from various materials such as : concrete aggregate mixes, recycled paper, recycled aluminum, reclaimed hardwood and two very popular materials, Icestone and Glass SLAB use 100% recycled post consumer and industrial waste glass products.
Onyx Kitchen Countertops
Onyx is definitely a hot selection for kitchen countertop design. Onyx is a natural stone that is considered to be semi precious. Onyx is available in a color range from white to deep green and has a translucent appearance. It is being used widely in kitchen backsplashes as well as in free standing structures such as sinks, wash basins and tiles.
Onyx was used historically in the creation of alters and other places of worship. It is quite a soft stone similar to limestone and will scratch and stain easily. Use a sealant with Onyx , as you would with most natural stones. Onyx is very expensive and luxurious earning a very high score in our sexy factor so if you are so inclined, enjoy!!
Lumicor Kitchen Countertops
Lumicor is a relatively new member in the family when it comes to kitchen countertops. It is very similar in construction to that of solid surface countertops. Lumicor is made from clear resins such as acrylic or PETG and is blended with core decorative materials. These core design elements can be metallic, neutrals, botanicals, wood workings, color ways or embosses. The lighting effect of Lumicor is similar to glass and provides exceptional clarity when used as countertops, walls or 3D structures. It is extremely durable, non porous and resistant to UV damage. It will not yellow over time and scratches and stains can be easily removed using polishing discs. It is half the weight of glass countertops and can resist impact forces 42x greater than tempered glass. Lumicor can be manipulated with wood working tools and is extremely versatile. It is available in a range of patterns and colors and can be easily customized to your needs. This product is hot and very sexy when used properly. It can be accented with wall panels, doors or molded as sinks or basins to give your kitchen a very chic new look.
Glass Kitchen Countertops
Glass kitchen countertops can give a kitchen that edgy, contemporary modern look that so many people today are looking for. It is a tempered glass which is relatively durable. It can withstand a decent amount of weight (300 lbs) but will break if heavy objects are dropped onto its’ surface. Its color has a natural green tint and can be modified using translucent colors or opaque colors coated onto the backside of its’ surface. Glass kitchen countertops are available in a range of finishes and can be smooth, textured, etched, sandblasted, grooved or patterned.
As glass countertops are one piece and cut to order, they are extremely hygienic as there is no place for bacteria or food to hide. Glass is non-porous and relatively stain proof. It is extremely heat resistant (up to 700 degrees). Glass countertops are prone to being difficult to keep clean as finger prints and moisture marks show easily if not dried properly. Use a non abrasive cleaner and polish regularly.
Should you damage or break a glass kitchen countertop, there is no simple repair. Each piece that is damaged would need to be replaced so it is not advisable to use this material in kitchens that experience much traffic. Color matching can be difficult as colors will vary due to the natural tint of glass, color will change again once exposed to natural and fixed light in your space.
Glass is a very sexy countertop option and looks fantastic as a wet bar or entertaining area. Avoid cutting on glass and always try and use non-abrasive cleaners. If you are looking for something new, hip and ultra stylish then consider glass for your kitchen countertops and prepare to impress!