Countertop Refacing Choices

So you've grown weary of looking at those 10-year-old coffee mug stains and the not-so-attractive stripes hashed into the laminate from chopping food without a cutting board and now you're in the market for some countertop refacing. Just what options do you have? You've heard of several, but really don't know much about any of them.

Well, we've gathered together a list of some of the most popular materials homeowners and kitchen redecorators are using to redo tired, worn-out-looking counters. Take a look; you just may discover just what you want right here on the Net without even having to venture out your door.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is probably the most popular material for countertop refacing. It comes in a mind-boggling array of patterns and designs, and is offered at most home-improvement stores in at least several different sizes. You can get it glazed or unglazed, and depending upon the brand, intricacy of design, and size, the cost ranges from inexpensive to moderately pricey. It's impervious to heat, resists scratching, water doesn't faze it, and makes for a very durable countertop.

Some glazes on ceramic tile do have an unfavorable reaction to certain foods and cleaning products, so it's best to not put food directly on the tile and to carefully read the labels on anything with which you use to wash off your ceramic-tile counters.

Because ceramic tile is very hard, you also want to be careful about dropping any breakable, like stemware or china, on your countertop. Don't do any hammering projects on ceramic tile, either. You risk chipping or breaking off chunks of it, if you're not careful!

Laminate Countertops

The very best thing about countertop refacing with laminate is its price. Laminate comes out at the top as the least expensive way to reface your countertops, but you may not choose to do so after you learn the downside of laminate: It chips, scratches, and scorches easily; shows water spots and dirt when it has a high gloss; and the backing of it - made from particle board - can be seen at the seams. Of course, it does have some advantages in addition to being inexpensive. It's also fairly easy to clean and water-resistant.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel countertops look absolutely fabulous! But, they are also very expensive if your countertop requires more than just a couple of cutouts or holes for sinks, appliances, etc. Stainless steel is easy to clean, it's durable, heat-proof, and water does nothing to it. It also dents and scratches easily, so no hammering or chopping vegetables on this surface, either!

Granite (or other natural stone)

Not only is granite and other natural stone (like marble, slate, etc.) gorgeous, it's also incredibly durable, strong, easily cleaned, heat- and waterproof, it's also very expensive. You can have countertops refaced using natural stone tiles, which does lower the cost considerably, but this type of material is going to be costlier than others whether or not you use it as tiles or in large slabs. Stone countertops also require a very sturdy support, so if you're not sure about yours, it's best to opt for something not quite so heavy.

These are a few of the most well-known options available for those looking to reface their countertops. For more information, take a while to research the subject online. This is a big project, so it will pay to make sure you know all the options.