Published at Sunday, October 29th 2017. by Pomeroy Morel in Countertops.
"Quartz may not be as durable as granite," she says, "but it comes in colors not typically seen in natural stone, like lime green and electric blue." For those who may not appreciate stone's natural pigment variation, quartz offers consistent color from top to bottom and side to side.
Greatly improved sealers and a routine maintenance schedule are all it takes to turn these elegant natural heirlooms into rough-and-ready countertops. For homeowners looking to jazz up their modern kitchens with bright, bold countertops, Margaret recommends quartz.
Indeed, unique kitchen countertops add a "wow" factor to your home, and just might help increase its value. Customization is also key to creating a countertop that's as unique as it is artistic. Design-savvy homeowners might want to add color to concrete counters, for instance, by adding a crushed blend of recycled glass or shell remnants to wet concrete.
Richlite paper-based countertops are a great alternative to stone and plastic surfaces. They are composed of pulp from trees that are harvested in sustainable forests with closely managed environmental mandates such as habitat conservation. They come in a variety of colors and options and are mostly stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant. Complete your eco-friendly kitchen by choosing bamboo cabinets and flooring, in addition to a kitchen island made from a repurposed item, like a desk, dresser or old barn doors.
There are many types of stone, and you can use any of them on your outdoor countertop, but should you? Porous stones like marble, limestone and bluestone may look great at first, but they stain easily, so you may be left with counters marred by grease or wine.
Recycled glass is not only an eco-friendly option, but it can be made to look like stone countertops, using a mix of colored glass pieces. Recycled glass countertops are available in tiles, concrete and resin, depending on the material that will best suit your kitchen area. Glass countertop tiles are a good option if you are seeking a do-it-yourself option that will add a bit of flair to your current countertop.