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Shopping for a New Counter Top Is an Exciting Part of Remodeling a Kitchen

Shopping for a new counter top is an exciting part of remodeling a kitchen. Since the counter top occupies so much space and plays such a vital functional role in a kitchen, of course the decision about which new counter top to buy will be a tough one. Some folks also need to consider the return on investment of a new counter top if they are remodeling to raise their property's value. Is it worth it to invest in granite or marble counter tops just for resale value? While some of the following counter top materials are not cheaper than granite, they are unique and attractive, which could set your house apart from the others when selling.

Soap stone: Soap stone looks a little like granite, but it has a distinctive matte texture and fewer mica sparkles than granite. it is a hard surface that can be purchased as slabs or tiles. Soap stone is very heat and stain resistant. It is non-porous and requires very little maintenance. It's distinct look is perfect for modern, farmhouse, or industrial-style kitchens. Solid soap stone sinks are particularly attractive. Natural soap stone is gray, while oiled soap stone is closer to black.

Copper: Copper counter tops are for those with stylish and adventurous kitchen design schemes. Copper's natural patterns and colors look a bit like the natural colors and patterns of exotic snakes. Covered with lacquer and epoxy, copper counter tops are as shiny as granite. The fun thing about copper is that it comes in sheets, which you can use to cover existing counter tops with, or a substrate.

Tile: Tile isn't too revolutionary as a counter top material, but too many people rule it out. The most common objection to tile counter tops is that folks don't want stained grout. There are two ways to prevent grout stains: The first is to use a dark colored grout, like a gray or brown grout, so that stains are not as obvious. The second way to prevent grout stains is to seal the tile and grout well, and to periodically reseal it.

Zinc: Zinc counter tops have that shiny metal soda fountain look. Zinc comes in sheets, which are applied to a substrate. If you are designing a retro-looking kitchen, you can install classic soda fountain edges to your counters. Decorative edging is one of the great design incentives of zinc counter tops. In addition to retro-style kitchens, zinc complements industrial-chic decor.

Recycled glass: Recycle glass surfaces have that granite look, without the environmental impact of granite. They come in every color of the rainbow, and almost every combination of colors. They are durable, easy to maintain, and heat and scratch-resistant. Recycled glass counter top manufacturers have been carving out a niche for themselves in the counter top market, so even though this material is on the cutting edge you still have a choice of sources.

Concrete: Concrete counter tops are heavy, and often have to poured on site. However, if your house can bear the load of a concrete counter top, you can benefit from a stone-like counter top at a smaller price. Concrete can be finished to a shine, and must be sealed properly. The result is a modern and durable counter top that could put your house ahead of the rest.

Laminate: Don't forget laminate! Laminate counter top materials have come a long way since the Formica of our youth. Available in almost every color you could imagine, laminates can be long-wearing surfaces that offer a good return on investment. While the cheapest laminate surfaces don't have that look of luxury, there have been developments in laminate surface technology. A good laminate surface could serve you well.

End-grain wood butcher block: End-grain wood butcher block counter tops require maintenance and sealing, but the look is incomparable. Combine wood types for a traditional checkerboard pattern. Or use one type of wood for a solid surface look. The colors and edge designs are highly customizable.

Remember: Granite slab counter tops are nice, but there are a whole range of counter top material options out there. Dare to be different, and reap the rewards!

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