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Time to Replace your Kitchen Countertop

iStock_000003819074LargeLast week I focused my decorating post on renovating or changing your kitchen cabinets.  This week I would like to focus on replacing your kitchen countertop.  Though granite has recently been the go-to option there are many beautiful options available, and I would like to highlight some unique ideas in this post.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural stone that is not porous, will not stain or emit radon, will not etch, requires no sealer and has a lovely natural looking finish.  For a review covering the advantages of soapstone over granite, click here.

Man-made Solid Surface

These products are durable, and practical made from non-porous materials, resisting stains and bacteria.  The original solid surface products, Corian®, is available in many colors, click here for the available colors.

Quartz

Non-porous, scratch and stain resistant and does not need sealants.  They come in a variety of color combinations and perform well over time.  For a comparative study done by Caesarstone® of quartz compared to granite, laminate and solid surface, click here.  Another popular source of quartz is Cambria, click here for their inspiration gallery.

Recycled Glass

Consider an eco-friendly product, one example made by Vetrazzo is comprised of 85% recycled glass, 15% white cement.  It is durable and more resistant to surface damage than natural stone.  To see a gallery of products from Vetrazzo, click here.  Another, green option is ECO by Consentino and is manufactured from 75% recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash.  The color options are beautiful, click here to view their photo gallery.

Laminate

I know what you’re thinking, “Laminate!  Has she lost her mind?”  The laminate options of today are not what our mothers had!  If you think laminate countertops are no longer in favor, think again.  They offer a durable and affordable option to kitchen counters.  There’s a whole new world of products available along this line.  A new surface using nanotechnology, which is durable, resistant, and self-healing!  Seriously, to repair you place a wet paper towel on the scratch and use a hot iron and it looks as good as new!  Read more about nanotechnology in regard to countertops and product information from Arpa Industriale by clicking here.

Accent Pieces

There are many options out there that you can read about such as stainless steel, copper, zinc or hardwood, but they are not maintenance free and require work.  For that reason, you may consider using as an accent piece countertop for an island or side counter rather than the primary work space in the kitchen.  Another idea is to create a custom design in your accent piece by using tile.  What I like about this idea is that you can create your individual design and have a look that is unique to you and your home!  To explore this idea and read a how-to on this potentially DIY project; click here for instructions from Bob Vila.

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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Replacing Your Kitchen or Bathroom Counter Top?

If you are planning to replace your kitchen or bathroom counter top, you are in luck!  I found this great tool from Better Homes and Gardens that will take you through a series of questions to help you find your perfect counter top material, click here to review.

Here is a list of counter top materials for your review with their corresponding pros and cons taken from BHG.com:

Natural Stone:

Pros:  Durable, long-lasting, doesn’t go out of style, heat-resistant

Cons:  Porous and needs to be sealed when installed, requires resealing, softer stones such as marble or limestone might chip or crack, most expensive counter top material

Cultured Stone:

Pros:  Heat, stain, scratch-resistant, easy to clean, does not require sealing

Cons:  Not as natural looking as real stone, costs almost the same as real stone

Solid-Surfacing:

Pros:  Heat and moisture resistant, does not fade or age, easy to clean

Cons:  Can be scorched, not scratch proof

Laminate:

Pros:  Heat, stain, scratch resistant, easy to clean, lower cost than other counter tops

Cons:  Sharp knives and hot pans can damage laminate, scorching, deep scratches and cracks cannot be repaired

Eco-Friendly material:  (for an in depth list of eco-friendly options and their descriptions click here.)

Pros:  Bamboo-easy to clean, Recycled glass-durable, heat and stain resistant, easy to clean, Paper Composite-durable, easy to clean

Cons:  Bamboo needs to be sealed routinely, susceptible to scratches and burning, Recycled Glass can chip, scratch or break with heavy impacts, and paper composite is susceptible to scratches and stains

Wood:

Pros:  Long lasting, timeless material that wears well

Cons:  Vulnerable to moisture, heat, acid, corrosive chemicals, stains, shrinks or expands, require food-friendly sealing and routine maintenance

Metal:

Pros:  Antibacterial, stain and heat resistant, durable

Cons:  Copper, pewter, and zinc are susceptible to scratch and dents, can be expensive

Concrete:

Pros:  Heat and stain resistant, durable

Cons:  Must be sealed regularly to resist stains and water, susceptible to damage from highly acidic liquids

Mix It Up:

If you can’t decide on one particular counter top, you may wish to select multiple types of materials.  To differentiate the space, you may choose to use a different surface on the island than on the other counter tops.

Other resources:

National Kitchen and Bath Association – contact for a free planner.

If you need help with your home redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com. (Photos from BHG.com)

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .