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What are the Advantages of Stainless Steel Countertops?

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Stainless steel has been used for professional kitchen countertops for many decades. In recent years, homeowners have begun to appreciate the beauty and durability of stainless steel for kitchen countertops. In fact, there are several compelling reasons to consider the installation of stainless steel countertops in your home.

One of the greatest advantages of using stainless steel countertops is that they are much sturdier than other countertop options. There are no worries about the surface or edging of the kitchen counter chipping to leave the underlying wood exposed. Stains do not have the chance to permeate the surface, since stainless steel is non-porous. That makes it easy to clean up spills by wiping them away with a damp cloth. Even beverages like red wine or grape juice will not leave behind a stain that requires harsh chemicals to remove.

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Stainless steel countertops are also very practical when it comes to moving pots and pans off the range without delay. Because stainless steel is not damaged by heat, it is possible to quickly move the hot pan to the countertop with no worries of marring the surface. This means there is no need to search for heat pads or trivets before moving the pot to the counter. Anyone who has ever had to move a pot or pan quickly in order to prevent liquid from boiling over the rim or foods from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan will appreciate this attribute of stainless steel countertops.

Along with the ease of maintenance, stainless steel countertops also reflect light much better than other counter options. If the kitchen space is small and perhaps has little in the way of natural light, this reflective quality will help the kitchen to appear friendlier and more inviting. That can be very important for anyone who spends time preparing meals in the kitchen.

Some people mistakenly believe that stainless steel countertops will create reverberations in the kitchen. In fact, this is not the case. Most countertops of this type are outfitted with a plywood panel underneath. The plywood effectively deadens any metallic ringing that would otherwise result.

Between the easy maintenance and cleanup, durability, and the versatility of stainless steel countertops, there is no doubt this countertop option is well worth considering. While this option is somewhat more expensive than other countertops, the difference in price is more than offset by the long life of the countertop, as well as the fact that the counter will not require any special cleansers to keep it clean and germ-free.

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