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Stainless Steel Countertops -- A Secret About To Be Told

Stainless Steel has been used as professional kitchen countertops for many decades....for very good reason. In recent years, homeowners have begun to appreciate the beauty and durability of stainless steel for kitchen countertops. In fact, there are several compelling reasons to consider the installation of stainless steel countertops in your home (either standalone or in combination with butcherblock, etc.).

One of the greatest advantages of using stainless steel countertops is that they are much sturdier than other countertop options. There are no worries about the surface or edging of the kitchen counter chipping, cracking or breaking. Stains do not permeate the surface, since stainless steel is non-porous. That makes it easy to clean up spills by wiping them away with a damp cloth. Even beverages like red wine or grape juice will not leave behind a stain that requires harsh chemicals to remove.

Stainless steel countertops are also very practical when it comes to moving pots and pans off the range without delay. Because stainless steel is not damaged by heat, it is possible to quickly move the hot pan to the countertop with no worries of marking the surface. This means there is no need to search for heat pads or trivets before moving the pot to the counter. Anyone who has ever had to move a pot or pan quickly in order to prevent liquid from boiling over the rim or foods from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan will appreciate this attribute of stainless steel countertops.

Along with the ease of maintenance, stainless steel countertops also reflect light much better than other counter options. If the kitchen space is small and perhaps has little in the way of natural light, this reflective quality will help the kitchen to appear larger, friendlier and more inviting. That can be very important for anyone who spends time preparing meals in the kitchen.

Some people mistakenly believe that stainless steel countertops will create reverberations in the kitchen. In fact, this is not the case. All countertops of this type are outfitted with a plywood panel underneath (which also makes it easy to attach to wood cabinets). The plywood effectively deadens any metallic ringing that would otherwise result. And, don't worry about scratches...they just add to the charm and ambiance of a well used kitchen. If this really bothers you (it shouldn't!), a quick swipe or two with a buffing rag will solve the problem (make sure to go with the grain).

Many people think stainless steel countertops look too commercial and sterile. If this is your concern, try combining it with other countertop materials like butcherblock and the effect is EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE!!! Add in an integrally welded in stainless steel sink and you have an absolutely stunning and unique combination.....the secret is out!!!

Oh, by the way. Stainless steel countertops are NOT more expensive than other more traditional tops (like granite). In fact, you can't get better value and style (properly coordinated) for your countertop dollar!

Between the easy maintenance and cleanup, durability, and the style advantages when combined with hardwood butcherblock and integrally welded in stainless steel sinks, there is no doubt this countertop option is well worth considering.
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