Kitchen Countertop Replacement Issues

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Different types of kitchen countertop replacement materials each hove their pros and cons. They also have another thing in common. They all require special installation procedures. No matter what kind of countertop you put in, problems can come up.

Plastic Laminate

Many homeowners do this type of kitchen countertop replacement themselves. After all, laminate is easy to cut and often comes preformed with its own readymade backsplash. There are a couple of problems with installing laminate. First, people with allergies need to be especially careful and use protective gear. Second, laminates are easily damaged, and they are virtually impossible to repair. If you make a minor ding in the surface while installing, you will have to start over with another piece.

Solid Surface

Solid surface kitchen countertop replacement systems are beautiful. Their color lasts because it goes throughout the countertop material. The solid surface can extend into the sink to form a smooth, even surface. The problem with solid surface countertops for a do-it-yourselfer is that they should not be installed by anyone other a licensed installer. This is because the process of putting in a solid surface countertop is labor intensive. The surface must be built up in steps rather than applied simply and directly.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel sinks have been popular for ages, but stainless steel kitchen countertop replacement projects can also be done. They have an attractive look and clean up well. They require some special attention during installation, however. First, the installer has to put down a firm underlayment. Second, he has to be extra careful not to damage the material as he puts it into place. It scratches easily, especially when it has not been installed yet.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile offers an array of choices in color and style. It also allows you freedom to choose the patterns you employ. Many homeowners will want to take on tile kitchen countertop replacement projects, but it might be a bad idea. Unless you are very experienced in working with ceramic tiles, you can run into trouble. Cutting the tiles to fit can be difficult, and applying the grout correctly is a challenge for most people. An expert remodeler can still follow your chosen design, but with more expertise.

Stone

There are several different stone countertop materials to choose. The most popular have always been granite and marble, but different types of stone, as well as engineered stone, are on the market as countertop now.  These have a lasting beauty, and they are great for making pastries and other cooking chores. They must be fitted and installed by a professional, though. It is easy to break them in an undesired part while trying to cut them. They are also difficult to cut and can eat up the blades of ordinary saws. Stone countertop, as well as most kitchen countertop replacement, is best left to professionals.

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Shawn Hickman is the Online Marketing Manager for Sears Home Improvements. If you are looking for more information on Kitchen Countertop Replacement, visit the Sears Home Services website.

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This article was published on 2011/03/15