granite kitchen countertops really the best solution.
deciding on kitchen countertops it’s
a question to go for granite once or the others. granite
kitchen countertops or other stone based material are
still one of the most widely used in todays kitchen design.
We would like to have a look on whether granite kitchen
countertops are really the best solution.
What makes good kitchen countertops?
first comes to mind evaluating kitchen countertops
is the hardness of the surface. Whether it is the simple
resistance against scratches or knife cuts or it’s
the durability against simple hits. Just think about
when you drop something out of your hanging kitchen
cabinets and it falls on the countertops. From a
simple hardness point of view granite kitchen countertops
are certainly within the best, with other solid surface
countertops not being that resitant.
Another factor influencing kitchen counter tops is
heat resitance. Imaginge taking the hot pan away from
the oven and leaving it on top of your hardwood kitchentop.
So heat resistance is a major quality aspect. Obviously
once again granite offers better heat resistance than laminate
Resistance against liquids
Especially around the kitchen sinks countertops must
be very resistant against any type of liquids. Compared
to e.g. wooden countertops any granite ktichen countertop
is more resistant at first view, but do not forget about
special kinds of liquids. As far as granite is concerned,
the material is rather weak agains acid liquids such
as lemon or orange juices. Here other materials such
as corian countertops or laminate have a certain advantage.
Pricing and assembly of kitchen countertops
The final and often the biggest decision maker on kitchen
countertops is pricing. With granite being rather expensive,
corian or laminate counter tops do here make the race.
Traditional hardwood used for kitchen countertops could
be an interesting alternative from this point of view.