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Going Beyond the norm

When most people think about countertop options when it’s time to remodel their kitchen, the first thing that comes to mind is ceramic tiles, Formica, or granite. Although these materials have dominated kitchen countertops for decades, there are other countertop materials in use today that you should consider.

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Other Countertop Materials

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Stainless Steel

A few decades ago almost nobody had stainless steel appliances in their kitchen, but now it’s the material of choice when buying a refrigerator, stove, oven, or dishwasher. The beauty and durability of stainless steel is now available for countertops in homes. Unlike some countertop materials, the benefits of a stainless-steel countertop are heat-resistance, seamless sections, stain proof, and is easy to clean. They can also be made in any size and shape imaginable.

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Concrete

If you want a one-of-a-kind look, a concrete countertop may just be for you. Materials such as colored pebbles and stones, tiles, plastic chips, and metal pieces can be embedded into the concrete for a unique appearance that no one else has. You can embed single color materials or mix the colors. Concrete counters are heat resistant and don’t scratch as easily as synthetic materials; however, they should be sealed to prevent staining and etching.

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Wood

Most people don’t think about wood as an option for a countertop, but they are becoming increasingly more popular today. Most wood countertops are made the same way as a butcher’ block utilizing several strips of very hard wood glued together to create a single slab of wood. They can be created with an endless variety of wood colors and grains as well as rounded or bullnose edging. Although they look great, they must be periodically oiled or sealed for protection.

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countertop design tools

If you are unsure which type or color of countertop you want, consider using countertop design software to help you design just the right look. This computerized software can create and recreate realistic countertop images using your kitchen’s current layout including sink location and food preparation islands. With the click of the mouse, you can switch colors and materials until you find the one that’s right for you.