It is a new world we are living in now where every part of our lives must be lived with consideration for our safety against the COVID 19 virus. there are building products that are easier to clean and do not harbor as many germs and viruses and those are the ones to use when building a new home or remodeling an existing home. Choosing the best materials for countertops will help protect a family’s health for years to come.
Putting in New Kitchen Countertops
If a person is building a new home or remodeling an existing home kitchen, there are choices to make that will keep the kitchen cooking process healthier and safer. Food preparation is an important part of home living and no one wants germs or viruses to get into the food and cause family members to get sick. Old worn laminate or wood countertops can harbor germs and viruses no matter how carefully the homeowner cleans them.
If a family is doing a kitchen remodel, choosing the best countertop material is important. There are at least 4 really good countertop choices to consider. Get good advice and excellent installation from a contractor who is dedicated to building or remodeling kitchens. The correct contractor will give good service for all parts of the kitchen construction. Kitchen remodeling can involve small steps like replacing countertops and appliances to gutting the kitchen and constructing a new improved kitchen in the same space.
Elements of Remodeling a Kitchen
Remodeling a kitchen can involve new countertops, a new layout, new cabinetry, new flooring, tile backsplashes, new sinks, appliances, and faucets. There will need to be licensed electricians and plumbers on the job. And, a building permit will need to be obtained. A good kitchen remodeling contractor can oversee all of the processes. The contractor should offer in-home consultation, a 3-D rendering of the kitchen design plan, a visit to a showroom to make material choices, a re-measure of the whole kitchen, and timely installation. Their work should be guaranteed and have warranties.
The 4 Best Countertop Materials fo Hygienics
The 4 best countertop materials for hygienic and cleanability are ones that do not absorb anything and are easy to clean and durable. They include:
1. Natural stone such as granite, marble, soapstone, limestone, and slate. The most popular stone choices are granite and marble because of their hard surfaces, durability, and few seams. They should be sealed.
2. Engineered stone is made of quartz and binders. This is a hard countertop that does not require sealing.
3. Concrete countertops can be made off-site or onsite and are hard and durable. It must be professionally installed. These countertops can have decorative materials such as glass or shells embedded during the process of manufacturing the, to the kitchen’s exact size.
4. Solid surface countertops can be made of dense acrylic, polyester, or a blend of several materials. These countertops are low-maintenance, and feature fused seams to create invisible joints. The newer solid countertop material is recycled paper and non-porous resins. Though very strong and durable these materials can be scratched and are not heat resistant.
In addition to those countertop materials, customers can still choose laminates as well as wood, recycled glass, and metals. The countertop choice will depend on the homeowner’s needs, budget, and personal preference. New countertop materials are designed and manufactured with durability and low-maintenance in mind. They come in many patterns and color choices to match different styles of kitchens.