How To Select Kitchen Countertop Material And Why

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Our countertops were 14 years old in our beach place kitchen and as a manmade builder grade material they were showing scratches, a dull finish and wear. We did a lot of research and today I'm sharing a couple of tips.
We are working with a budget and keeping the cabinets that we already have. Finding a competent fabrication team was important and we checked around the area and did our homework. We decided on a natural stone and something that has a reputation for durability.
We went to a couple of different stone yards and asked lots of questions from not only the sales force, but the installers and even the guys working in the yard who know what's outside and what is durable.
I recommend getting samples, just as you might with paint. Take the samples home and look at them at different times of the day and evening and see what you feel looks best.
Once we made our ultimate decision we had the fabrication team come out and measure our counters and make the templates. If you are keeping the existing cabinets, be sure to let them know!
Once we had chosen our stone and the templates were made, we went back to the fabrication facility and laid out the templates according to the veining pattern. You will have to ask your stone supplier to do this, but it's been so worth it because you want the pattern to look cohesive.
Our counters are in and we just LOVE them! You'll be able to see more photos of them and a comparison of the various stone and stone-like materials that are popular today. Whatever material you do use I recommend sealing them and using common sense in the every day use.
Use care when cooking and put hot pots on a trivet, do not let red wine or coffee drips sit without wiping them immediately if you can. I've linked the BEST sealer for your counters that is recommended by the pros! Find it at my affiliate here -
Suggested materials:
  • Quartzite   (Stone Yard)
Janet Coon-Shabbyfufu
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