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1. No two slabs of granite are alike, but they all survive abuse with ease and maintain beauty and luster. But edges and corners can chip, and counters will need periodic sealing. Estimated cost: $100 – $200 per square foot.
2. Quartz, also known as artificial stone, is a mixture of stone chips, resin and paint. Although the edges and corners may be chipped, they can be used and abused extensively. Although quartz has a variety of bright colors and styles, they may look unnaturally uniform, although manufacturers are trying to adopt a more casual appearance. Estimated cost: $100-$185 per square foot.
3. Ceramic tile: The tiles have an assortment of tones and examples, can be blended well in with different materials, and function admirably on the backsplash or island top. It isn't just modest, yet in addition has incredible warmth obstruction. Regardless of whether the grout is fixed, the grout may get messy, however more profound grout can help. The edges and corners may chip, so getting some additional tiles will permit you to effectively fix neighborhood harm. Assessed cost: $20-$75 per square foot.
4. Butcher block. Handy for a lot of chopping and dicing, these mostly maple countertops are lovely, but they do sustain damage from heat, cuts, scrapes and impact. They should also be varnished and treated regularly with mineral oil or beeswax. Estimated cost: $35 – $200 per square foot.
5. Over the years, marble is beautiful and classic, with a bronze color, and some people may think it has been damaged. Although it is relatively easy to chip and scratch, it can wipe off small nicks and scratches. Estimated cost: $125-$250 per square foot.
6. Stainless steel: This material has incredibly high warmth obstruction and stain opposition, which can give the kitchen a smooth business appearance. Albeit hardened steel shows imprints and scratches, the material can be welded, ground or cleaned. Assessed cost: US$75-140 for every square foot.
7. Generally custom-formed, concrete can be tinted and textured. Not only does it chip and scratch easily, but it can also develop hairline cracks. Topical sealers can protect against stains but not heat; penetrating sealers can handle heat, but not stains. Estimated cost: $70 – $140 per square foot.
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