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April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 132

Certain types of countertops such as those made of natural stone have a reputation for being fairly expensive, and as such out of budget for most DIY enthusiasts attempting a kitchen remodelling project. However, with careful research you may be able to find cheaper than expected countertops. Different levels of quality can actually mean that the price of a particular type of countertop is much lower than you expected.

Natural Stone

Natural stone come in many different formats, from large slabs cut to measure to smaller pieces that are glued together or used as tiles. If you don't mind the fact that your new granite countertop will have visible seams where the pieces are joined, this can make granite more affordable for those with a limited budget. For the lowest price, look for granite remnants, which are left-over pieces from previous jobs that you could even buy and then glue together yourself while creating a unique statement piece on your kitchen.

Wood Countertops

You can find different levels of quality in wood countertops as well. Depending on the type of wood used and the way the pieces are glued together, the countertop will look and feel differently, and in some cases it may be less resistant to breakage or water damage. However, and depending on your personal circumstances and desired use, and as long as you are willing to put in the extra maintenance time, you can save money by choosing lower quality kitchen surfaces.

Engineered Stone

From solid surfaces to quartz countertops, the variety of engineered kitchen surfaces is endless and so are the quality levels. From weak plastic solid surfaces that dent and burn when exposed to heat, to high-end extremely durable quartz countertops, there's a surface type for every budget. However, make sure you don't purchase something that won't be able to withstand daily use, as kitchen surfaces are often the most intensively used areas of a home.

Laminated or Formica

Even among laminated countertops, different levels of quality greatly affect pricing and features. The quality is given by the type of wood used as a base, how that base is glued to the laminate and the material and thickness of the laminate layer. Low quality laminate often becomes unglued after a certain time or when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, and can make a kitchen look much older than it is. The quality of the pigments used on the top layer is also important, as low quality dyes will fade much quicker when exposed to light.

When looking for cheap countertops it is important to know well when to sacrifice quality in order to get a better price, and when doing so it's just a false saving. Consider as well whether you'll need to hire kitchen remodelling contractors or you can install your new countertops yourself, as that can negate any savings you are making on the materials.

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