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How Do I Choose the Best Countertop Replacement?

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Countertops can wear out after time or simply go out of fashion, in which case a countertop replacement will be necessary. You will have so many options that choosing the best one for you might be a bit daunting. The best place to start determining the best countertop replacement for you is with your budget: try to figure out a reasonable budget for the replacement process, and don't forget to include installation charges if you don't plan on doing the process yourself. You should also consider how the countertops are likely to be used so you can choose the most appropriate material.

If the countertop replacement is simply an aesthetic consideration, your options will be much broader. If, however, you will be using the countertop for cooking preparation or other potentially damaging activities, you will need to choose a material that is durable and resistant to certain types of common damages. Butcher block countertops, for example, are durable and attractive, and they can be used as a cutting surface as well. They are made from various types of woods, which means they will be naturally antibacterial. If you will be using the countertop replacement for cooking preparation, this is a great choice that will offer aesthetic appeal and longevity.

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More decorative countertops include marble and granite. These heavy stone materials can be very durable, but they are both susceptible to chipping. Marble is also easily stained, so if you will be doing cooking preparation on the countertop replacement, you will need to be careful to protect the surface of the counter. These countertops can be maintained fairly easily using mineral oil and regular cleaning, and while these are very attractive options, you should be ready to pay a higher amount for them. If you want the attractiveness and durability of stone with less maintenance and a lower cost, consider soapstone.

Replacing a countertop on a tight budget will narrow your options somewhat. Perhaps the most common countertop replacement material is laminate, which is essentially a few layers of plastic or resin that is glued flat on a solid surface. This is an inexpensive and reasonably attractive way to replace a countertop, but it is also one of the least durable options and it can go out of style fairly quickly. Laminate is susceptible to melting under intense heat from hot pots or pans, though the laminate can be replaced quickly and easily should such damage occur.

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