Kitchen Countertops / September 28, 2018 / Anthony Williams.
Stout and durable, paper countertops are easy on the environment and your conscience, and they woo with a warmth like that of stone. But are they right for your kitchen? Find out here.
Countertops are typically fabricated from 14- or 16-gauge material, which is then glued to a substrate of plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to form a rigid surface. Type 304 stainless steel is commonly used, due to its higher chromium content (and therefore corrosion resistance) and ability to be welded without affecting its durability or strength. Most common is a number 4 brushed finish, but stainless steel is also available in satin (smooth), antique matte and any number of specialty patterns.
The basics: Engineered quartz is a man-made product formed from roughly 90 to 95 percent ground quartz and 5 to 10 percent resins and pigments. Commonly found brands include Caesarstone, Silestone, Zodiaq, Cambria, Technistone, HanStone and Q. Several manufacturers have upward of 40 options, like colors from bright red to earthy linen and patterns from crocodile to concrete.
Stainless steel countertops are brains, beauty and brawn rolled into one hardworking surface. This professional chef–worthy surface stands up to abuse yet spiffs up easily to a glamorous showstopping shine. Are stainless steel counters right for you? This will help you find out.
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