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Wood Countertops

When you think of a wood countertop you usually think of butcher blocks, the thick hardwood maple surfaces that you see a professional chef standing in front of. This style of a wood countertop is commonly set up as an island in the kitchen. Butcher blocks are a chef ’s dream countertop because they won’t dull knives, they provide a convenient chopping and food prep area, and the surface can be made smooth again with a simple sanding.

Maple isn’t the only option for a wood countertop. Other woods include cherry, teak and walnut. However, these woods are generally used more for their decorative appeal as opposed to functionality. Finding a balance between aesthetics and practicality is always a good goal to keep in mind when selecting your materials.

The application of a sealant is required with any wood countertop. Periodically, to protect your investment and to keep your countertops looking great, sealants should be reapplied. Sealant is especially important if your wood countertop is placed near a sink because wood is susceptible to water damage. Expect to pay about $10-$40 per square food of wood countertop.

When it comes to cleaning your wood countertop, you should follow your manufacturer’s directions. As a rule of thumb, you should always avoid using any harsh detergents on wood.

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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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