Countertop Contractors Erlanger KY

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Black Box Network Services
(513) 662-3800
3708 Davis Avenue
Cincinnati, OH

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Creative Shapes
(513) 541-4425
9974 Springfield Pike
Cincinnati, OH

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National Millwork Inc.
(513) 851-5444
2024 Northwest Drive
Cincinnati, OH

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Advanced Remodeling
(859) 356-4831
3120 Sugar Camp Rd
Covington, KY
 
Trauth Homes Incorporated
(859) 356-4748
10 Kyles Ln
Covington, KY
 
Tri-State Laminate & Woodworking
(513) 542-0808
4125 Dane Avenue
Cincinnati, OH

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Cutting Edge Woodworks
(513) 738-0652
P.O. Box 446
Miamitown, OH

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Feldkamp Remodlg
(859) 356-1002
9109 Boots Dr
Covington, KY
 
Mai Construction
(859) 363-7777
940 Helen Ruth Dr Unit 1
Covington, KY
 
Life Styles Kitchen & Bath Designs
(859) 292-0250
15 W Pike St
Covington, KY
 
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The Best Materials to Use for Kitchen Countertops

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, you're probably going to want to ditch those laminate counter tops. It may be time to step up to the big league and go for the sophisticated home look. Granite is, of course, the top choice when it comes to counter top renovations, but it’s not the only choice.

Let's get into some alternative materials:

 
1. Marble 

It’s beautiful but spendy, which means that marble is usually only considered by those ready to shallot big bucks. Prices range from $125 to $200 a square foot which means you can spend upwards of $4,000 for a 20 square foot section, hardly large enough for even the smallest kitchen. Marble is waterproof and heatproof, but easily stains. 

 
 
 
2. Concrete

From spendy, to trendy. For a custom design, concrete is the favorite of some homeowners. Created by artisans, concrete counters give you a one-of-a-kind look and can be color tinted. It resists heat and scratches; it is also porous requiring a sealant to protect the surface. Ironically, its cost rivals marble and may cost you much more for whatever customizations you desire including back splashes. 

 
 
 
3. Ceramic

Hated by some almost as much as laminate, ceramic tile has its advantages including its low-price, ease of installation and variety of designs. It can, however, chip easily and grout lines will stain. Best to have as many extra pieces of tile ready and plan to re-grout regularly.

 
 
  
 
4. Wood

Homes with a rustic theme will sometimes feature wood or butcher block counters, made of oak and maple and offering numerous stains and finishes. Sand and reseal as needed to give these counters a fresh look, something you’ll need to do when water and stains appear. Butcher block is made to order which means that pricing is customized too, reflecting the size of your counters, the wood selected and other factors. Wood takes a fair amount of care.

 
 
 
5. Stainless Steel

If you like an industrial look, then stainless steel may be right for your kitchen. Available in a variety of styles including “1950s diner feel,” stainless steel counter tops stand the test of time and are easy to clean. This choice is also expensive, prone to denting and it can be noisy. 

 
 
 
 
6. Soapstone

If you’re looking for a unique material with special characteristics, then soapstone is worth a look. Priced from $50 to $90 per square foot, soapstone is comparable to granite with a smooth, dark gray surface. Cracking is possible if soapstone is not regularly treated with mineral oil.

 
 
 
 
 
7. Engineered Stone

Do you like quartz? If so, that’s the main ingredient of engineered stone. Attractive, easy to clean and needing no special sealants or cleansing materials, engineered stone resists scratching. I...

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