By Mallory Camus. kitchen countertops. Published at Monday, August 26th, 2019 - 13:36:55 PM.
Although there are those who disagree, quartz countertops—a form of engineered stone—may well be the best of all countertop materials when all factors are considered. Quartz countertops are made from natural stone byproducts (leftover rubble from the quarrying of quartz and other natural stone) which are pulverized and blended with resins to form slabs. It can be considered a ”green” building material since it is made from leftover stone and doesn’t require quarrying. And engineered quartz has nearly all the virtues of granite and other natural stone, while costing less.
Concrete countertops are an unusual countertop choice, but one that gives a home a one-of-a-kind look. They are usually fabricated and poured on-site by a specialist crew who creates forms to match the space. The concrete can be colored and textured, if you wish, or the concrete can be highly polished to a shiny gleam. Concrete countertops are not for everyone, but they may be appropriate for very high-end homes where a truly unique, modern look is required.
A less expensive option for homeowners who want granite, or those you want the cost savings of installing granite themselves, is modular granite. Modular granite occupies a niche halfway between solid slabs and granite tiles. Modular granite can be described as large tiles pieced together to form a countertop.
Another unusual countertop surface is zinc—formed by applying zinc sheets over a base core material. Found fairly often in bars and other commercial settings, zinc kitchen countertops are a rare sight. Zinc countertops may be found frequently in Ernest Hemingway novels set in Paris bars, but the high cost makes them impractical for most residential kitchens.
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