Countertop Options to Avoid

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with more options for countertops available than ever before it's difficult to sift through today's market and find the one that's right for your kitchen or bathroom here are some to avoid concrete has many disadvantages some of which can be extremely expensive and time-consuming concrete must be sealed or it can be damaged by water if it does get wet not only will it stain it may also harbor bacteria making it unsanitary and dangerous to prepare food on concrete countertops are also rather expensive and can cost more than granite countertops displayed it's outdated appearance laminate countertops are still found in many homes today however because it is less durable than other countertop materials and can be damaged by common kitchen items and liquids it is a poor option for the long term because laminate is primarily composed of wood it can warp over time and grew in the countertop the exterior layer of laminate can detach from its wood base if exposed to liquids and steam over time lastly because of its low price and wide availability it does not add resale value to the home solid surfaces are another kappa top option to avoid made of acrylic polymer it is prone to damage from heat it will require more maintenance than natural stones like granite and marble cracks and scratches in solid surfaces are inevitable and permanent solid surfaces are quite expensive especially considering its limited lifespan butcher's block is another countertop material that has some significant disadvantages wood countertops must be sealed for water and other liquids can seep in weakening its composition and creating a perfect storm for bacterial growth since what is softer than natural stones or even tile it is remarkably easy to permanently scratch these abrasions can be sanded out however it is a time-consuming process now that we've covered countertop options to avoid here are the materials most recommend as durable kitchen and bathroom surfaces granite quartz marble and quartzite to learn more about these materials visit marble comms YouTube channel which has hundreds of informational and entertaining videos covering everything related to



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With more options for countertops available than ever before, it’s difficult to sift through today’s market and find the one that’s right for your kitchen or bathroom. Here are some to avoid: Concrete has many disadvantages, some of which can be extremely expensive and time consuming. Concrete must be sealed or it can be damaged by water. If it does get wet, not only will it stain, it may also harbor bacteria, making it unsanitary and dangerous to prepare food on. Concrete countertops are also rather expensive, and can cost more than granite countertops. Despite its outdated appearance, Laminate countertops are still found in many homes today. However, because it is less durable than other countertop materials and can be damaged by common kitchen items and liquids, it is a poor option for the long term. Because Laminate is primarily compromised of wood, it can warp over time and ruin the countertop. The exterior layer of Laminate can detach from its wood base if exposed to liquids and steam over time. This means that laminate in the bathroom is highly discouraged. Lastly, because of its low price and wide availability, it does not add resale value to the home. Solid Surfaces are another countertop option to avoid. Made of acrylic polymer, it is prone to damage from heat. It’ll require more maintenance than natural stones like granite and marble. Cracks and scratches in Solid Surfaces are inevitable and permanent. Size is a factor as well. Slabs of Solid Surfaces are also only 30” wide, so large islands, peninsulas, and unique shapes will require visible seams. Solid Surfaces are quite expensive, especially considering its limited lifespan. Butcher’s block is another countertop material that has some significant disadvantages. Wood countertops must be sealed or water and other liquids can seep in, weakening its composition and creating a perfect storm for bacteria growth. Since wood is softer than natural stones, or even tile, it is more susceptible to dents and scratches, especially around sinks. Although butcher’s block is typically thought of as a cutting board, it is remarkably easy to permanently scratch. These abrasions can be sanded out, however it is a time consuming process. Now that we’ve covered countertop options to avoid, here are the materials most recommend as durable kitchen and bathroom surfaces: • Granite • Quartz • Marble • And Quartzite To learn more about these materials, visit Marble.com’s

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