Laminate or tile? Wood or stone? Make an informed decision with some of the pros and cons of common countertop surfaces.
Concrete countertops have recently grown in popularity. Because each installation is custom poured, you can be sure that this material will be tailored to your space. Features like an integral drain tray can be molded right in. Concrete itself is heat- and scratch-resistant, but the sealer applied to the countertop to prevent food and water stains can be damaged by heat and sharp objects.
Copper offers many of the same benefits as stainless steel, however it is a softer metal. Many homeowners choose copper because of the natural patina that it develops. It will eventually transform from a shiny metallic copper color to a softer brown.
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