What are the Common Types of Countertops?
Wood and Wood Veneer Countertops
The solid wood or wood veneer countertops are ideal for the lovers of nature, the authentic and the exclusive. These are environmentally friendly and unique. There are numerous types of products and finishes available.
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However, the most important thing is to know the enormous amount of types of wood that are offered. What fits best with your kitchen and your personality? A traditional maple top? A warm, romantic cherry-top? Or rather the funky woods of fashion like the zebrano or the walnut?
The wooden countertops are very nice, but you should not forget that a wooden surface requires specific care, which can sometimes take a long time, since if you want to enjoy a hygienic kitchen and without stains for a long time, you have to impregnate the wooden countertops on a regular basis and in cleaning, you have to pay particular attention to the cracks that may be present in the wood.
The best known of artificial stones is the Corian, product patented by DuPont. Due to its characteristics, it is very malleable and is therefore the first choice for use in kitchens and bathrooms for the reason that it adapts to the individuality and creativity of the consumer. The exterior values of elegance, clarity and brightness are complemented by practicality.
The Corian is absolutely smooth and free of grooves in which the dirt could accumulate. In addition, the solid material does not lose color even when it is exposed to the sunlight. The countertops are made of one piece, and in their assembly, they are joined and glued with a special glue and are presented as a continuous unit and without slots. As a rule, the sink and the hobs are flush. The Corian is available in a wide variety of the colors.
Stainless Steel Countertops
As a preferred material for sinks and appliances, steel has been a major player in the kitchens for some time. However, what has long been a common practice in professional kitchens can also be applied to your home, a stainless steel countertops in your kitchen.
The steel sheets are of variable thickness, depending on the quality and have the molded and welded edges. This countertop is perfect for soldering a sink and a cooking plate flush with the surface. Even the finest stainless steel countertops are extremely stable with a very attractive optics and are increasingly used in the design kitchens.
Stainless steel has many advantages as it is not only very attractive to the eye, but due to the qualities of its surface, it is unbreakable and easy to care, very functional and suitable for daily use. The drawback is that on the stainless steel surface, fingerprints and scratches are clearly visible and virtually unavoidable.