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Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are probably the most popular kitchen countertop. It’s a synthetic material consisting of several layers. The layers are made of multiple sheets of kraft paper, a decorative paper and a melamine plastic coating. Solid-color laminate is also on the market and is made of a colored plastic throughout. Expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $20 for standard laminate countertops.

Laminate countertops offer many wonderful benefits to consumers. For starters, they are available in hundreds of colors and patterns with a variety of finishes. In fact, some of the designs are made to resemble the look of hardwood, natural stone, and solid surface countertops. In addition to the virtually endless design styles, laminate is also easy to maintain, impact resistant, and reasonably priced.

On the downside, laminates are often easily damaged and difficult to repair because they are made in layers. The layers lead to possible damages resulting when water gets under the layers and causes them to break apart. Additional cons include the surface being damaged easily by sharp objects and also dark lines on the edges made from the kraft paper. The dark lines can be hidden if you use a decorative material to trim it.

When is comes to cleaning, laminate countertops typically require a damp cloth and mild soap for small stains, and a paste from baking soda and a mild household cleaner for tougher stains. Avoid using abrasive cleaning pads to wipe messes up. Your best bet is to use a nylon bristle brush. For the best results, follow your manufacturer's specific instructions.

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Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops
There is no doubt about it that granite is a countertop material of choice due to its outstanding durability, scratch- and heat-resistance and natural beauty. Granite is also available in an amazing array of colorful and unique patterns and no two granite tops are exactly the same. However, with its great looks comes a mighty high price tag. In fact, when installed in solid pieces it is the most expensive option in countertops.

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Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertops
With all the perks of natural stone plus some, quartz is the most ideal stone countertop option. Quartz combines natural quartz with epoxy resin binders to create a virtually indestructible material that doesn’t require sealants. Since it technically isn’t 100% stone, it is often referred to as “engineered” quartz. However, this is definitely not a synthetic countertop. In fact, quartz provides the look of natural stone, with added durability and a non-porous nature making it practically stain-free, as well as consistent color and hygienic qualities.

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Top 10 Countertop Choices

Top 10 Countertop Choices
Below is a list of the top ten options on the market for kitchen counter tops. In order to choose the countertop that is right for you and your lifestyle, it is good to know a little bit about all of your options. The more information you know, the better off you will be in making the right choice. 1) Granite Counters - Granite has become the top choice for countertops because it is both durable and beautiful. However, the quality of granite does come with a high price, colors are limited, and it also requires regular maintenance.

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