A countertop is typically a flat work surface in kitchens, bathrooms, or other food preparation venues, and workplaces in general. It is often installed upon and supported on cabinets above it. The countertop is usually positioned at an appropriate ergonomic level for both the user performing the function and the specific task for which it’s designed.
For example, in kitchens, countertops are usually laid down flat with no decorative edge and flat across at the edges. Then, a wooden or metal edge is attached to the countertop to define the overall shape and style. This edge may be straight across or curved according to the requirements of the specific application. If it is a wall mounted sink, the countertop surface is then fastened to the wall surface by nailing or stapling.
For some functions, such as a bar or breakfast bar in the kitchen, there may need to be flexibility in the position of the countertop surface. If the bar is too close to the countertop, it will block the bar. In order to allow access to the bar without obstruction, a raised lip, called a lip around the edge of the countertop surface is installed. The lip prevents the bar from accidentally knocking against the countertop. However, a countertop surface that’s too flat prevents the free flow of hot liquids or grease from a cooking stove or sink. Consequently, many kitchen countertops have beveled edges, or countertop surfaces are glass, which allows liquid to flow freely without being hindered by a flat surface.
When selecting a countertop material for your kitchen, you want to consider your primary function and the appearance of your kitchen. Laying sod or dirt on a concrete slab surface provides a quick fix when there’s nowhere else to lay the sod. Concrete is non-absorbent and does not scratch easily. On the other hand, stone and ceramic countertops are absorbent and can scratch if not properly cleaned. Wood is also available in a variety of natural colors, but because of its porous nature, it can also harbor bacteria.
In terms of kitchen design, the choice of countertop depends largely on the overall theme or decor of your kitchen. Many homeowners go with granite countertops, for their warm and polished look. Laminate countertops have become popular lately as they can imitate the look of natural stone such as marble. Although laminate countertops offer a lower quality and are usually not as durable as granite, they can also mimic the look of expensive tile. If you have an existing countertop and are replacing it, you may want to consider investing in a laminate countertop so you won’t have to replace the entire countertop.
Marble is another option, although it’s not recommended for use in a sink or cooking area. It can be quite hot and is not that easy to clean. Concrete is another popular option when it comes to countertops, but like granite, it’s heat resistant, and easy to clean but it can crack if hit or accidentally dropped on a hard surface such as a table. When deciding on the right material for your kitchen, think about how it will best fit your needs and whether or not it’s the right choice for your home. IF you need some professional help visit MLL Custom one of the best Los Angeles kitchen remodeling company.