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  Materials
Glass
Wood
Ceramic
Granite
Marble
Acrylic surface
Metal
Veneer
Bricks
Laminates

Glass

Glass maintains a feeling of space and airiness, and is especially useful for small kitchens, and ideal for contemporary style. It is a good choice for cabinet fronts, backsplash, and, when frosted, creates an attractive divide between eating and cooking areas. Special installation is required for glass.

Wood

Widely used for floors, cabinets, and countertops, wood mellows and in time develops a patina. Hardwoods are more expensive and durable than softwoods, which are easily scratched and dented. Wood veneers have a uniform grain and color but may chip. Heat, humidity, or very dry conditions can cause wood to split and warp.

Ceramic

Ceramic tiles are heat-resistant, hardwearing, waterproof, and easy to clean. They are suitable for walls, countertops, and flooring.

Granite

Granite is a natural stone that comes in slab or tile forms. It is durable enough to last beyond a lifetime, heavy and so strong that it won't be scorched or burned by hot pots set on it. Natural stone is not a low-cost option, but if you plan carefully, small areas such as around the cooktop, an island, or a pastry zone will look most attractive. It cleans easily with a damp cloth and mild cleanser. Professional installation is required for a slab counter. It is comparable to solid surfacing in expense.

Marble

Just like granite, marble is available in tile or slab forms. But unlike granite, marble is more porous and will stain when acidic foods or cosmetics are left on it for too long. Some marbles are harder than others, so check with us before making your final selection.

Acrylic surface

Used for sinks and countertops, is made from powdered minerals bonded with acrylic and/or polyester rosins; colors and patterns can be joined seamlessly.

Metal

Of all materials, stainless steel provides the ultimate surface: it is 'heatproof, non-corrosive, hygienic, shock-absorbing, and easily cleaned. Although expensive, it should last indefinitely. Other metals, including brass, chrome, aluminum, galvanized steel, and cast iron, require special care since acidic juice, cleaning chemicals, and prolonged contact with water can damage the surface.

Veneer

Veneer is the most widely used finish for cabinets. Contrary to popular belief, veneers are often preferable to solid woods as the base to which they are bonded will not warp, shrink, or split with changing temperatures and humidity. Hardwood veneers are often applied over MDF (medium density fiberboard), but cheaper softwood veneers may be bonded to particleboard, which is prone to denting and can swell or "blow" if moisture penetrates the finish. The beauty of veneers is that they provide uniform graining and, as such thin sections can be cut, a small amount of wood goes a long way.

Bricks

Natural brick offers geometric pattern and texture. For protection, paint lower walls with a water-repellent sealant.

Laminates

Used for floorings, countertops, cabinets, and wall paneling, laminate finishes include wood, stone, and tile effects, as well as contemporary, plain, or patterned designs. High-pressure laminates are more durable, but correspondingly more expensive, than the low-pressure laminates.


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