How To Buy A Countertop

counterWhen you are updating your kitchen one of the most noticeable features is your countertop.  Countertops need to be not just attractive they need to stand up to everyday wear and tear as well as hot pots and pans.

When choosing your countertop you want something that will blend with your cabinets, back splash, floor covering and wall color.

Your budget will help determine the type countertop you choose.  Countertops are usually priced by the square foot so you need to measure your area and then multiply this by the price per square foot to determine the cost of the countertop.

Laminate is the least expensive type countertop.  These are made by laminate being glued over either particle board or plywood.  There is a wide range of colors and patterns in the laminate counter tops.  These are durable and easy to install and maintain.

Solid surface countertops are made of acrylic non porous material.  These too come in many colors and patterns.  If they become damaged or stained they can be sanded.

Countertops made of granite are very durable and withstand scratches and high heat.   These come in various colors.  Wood countertops can be waxed, stained or oiled,  These are easier to install than the granite countertops since they cut more easily.  Both the granite and wood countertops are porous and need to be sealed periodically.

Countertops are available in standard sizes at home improvement stores.  They can usually be cut to the proper length at the store.  If you are handy you can probably install the countertop yourself.  If your countertop area is not a standard size countertops can be custom ordered from a fabricator.

Before installing your countertops make sure your cabinets are level.  If they are not use shims to make adjustments so the countertops will be level.

If you are hesitant about installation then you should employ the services of an installer who will install the countertops for you.

Prices for countertops vary widely from the laminate at a few dollars a square foot up  to the very high end countertops at a few hundred dollars a square foot.

To help insure a long life for your new countertops be sure to wipe up spills promptly and  avoid cutting directly on the countertop.