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Insight To Help You Choose Your New Kitchen Countertop

by April Carlson

If you are considering redesigning your kitchen with new flooring and cabinets, installing a new countertop can help give your kitchen an all-new and beautiful look. Before selecting a new countertop surface, you will need to know some information about several types of materials. Here are some details about two durable and attractive countertop surfaces to help you choose your new kitchen countertop.

Sealed Concrete

A concrete counter is a durable surface that will add beauty and visual interest in your kitchen. And a concrete countertop is a less-expensive material to use in your kitchen, with many do-it-yourself projects online to help you build your own.

Whether you hire a professional to build and install your concrete counter or you make your own concrete slab, it is essential you seal and protect your concrete from liquids. Concrete is a naturally porous surface and will absorb food and drinks that come into contact with it, creating a stained surface. Depending on the finish you want your concrete to have, you can select a matte finish or a high-gloss shine to seal your concrete counter.

Be sure the concrete sealer you use on your counter is safe for foods and won't yellow over time, which would affect the appearance of your entire countertop. Also be sure the sealant is heatproof and resistant to scratching. These factors will allow you to place hot pans on your counter and also use it as a cutting surface for preparing foods. If you are sealing it yourself, be sure to apply several thin coats instead of one thick application.

Granite

Granite is another beautiful material you can use as a countertop material in your kitchen. Granite comes in a variety of colors and patterns, which each concrete slab unique with its own details. When you order your own granite slab from a contractor, it will arrive at your house for installation with a sealant already applied to its surface.

Because granite is a natural stone, it is porous, so a sealant reduces its ability to absorb fluids. Fluids left on its surface can eventually seep into its pores but will occur more slowly when it has been treated with a protective sealant. Keep your granite free of stains by wiping them up with a damp cloth just after each spill occurs.

Granite is naturally heat-resistant and will not scratch. So, you can use it to place hot dishes and pans upon its surface or use it as a cutting surface. For more information on custom countertops, contact your local contractor today!

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