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Changing the existing countertops in your kitchen will give the room an entirely new look. In fact, if you are having your kitchen remodeled or doing it yourself, you should really plan to include changing the counters. Without making this change, even with new flooring and cabinets, the kitchen will not look complete.

Laminate countertops are made from a thin sheet of plastic that is glued down over a three-quarter inch piece of plywood or particleboard. The method of making this type of countertop is actually quite easy. Start by cutting the wood to fit over the cabinet run. You then need to make a build-up on the bottom. To do this, you will screw strips that are four inches wide and made of the same material. Glue the piece of laminate to the edges and the top using special contact cement. You want to cut the laminate a little larger than then wood and once it is glued into place, the trip is cut using a router and flush-cutting laminate bit.

When that is finished, you will then trim the laminate on the top flush with the edge. Be sure to leave a sharp90-degree angle. You can then use a solid wood edge in a number of different shapes and styles. Once the countertop is installed, the backsplash will then be installed, which is used to cover the gaps between the countertop and wall. Put the countertop in place, driving screws through the frame.

One of the most popular and durable types of countertops is the ceramic top. To do this, the tile will need to be installed over a solid substrate, which would be plywood with a build-up, a bed of concrete floated over plywood, or concrete backer-board over the plywood.

Using a small saw, cut the sink openings before you lay any of the ceramic tile. You then want to refit the tile around the opening. Keep in mind that when installing this particular type of countertop, the layout is the most important aspect. Therefore, be sure you adjust the tiles so you have a beautiful layout. Once this is determined, mark off the reference lines to guide you so you know where the adhesive will go.

You should install the full tiles first. Starting with a small section, measure and cut the pieces that will go around the sink and countertop edges. Wipe the tiles with a wet sponge so they are clean. The reason this is important since adhesive can leave a hazy film on the tile that is sometimes challenging to get off. The tiles will need to be left overnight before you start the grout process. Remember that grout can also create a hazy appearance so rather than clean the entire countertop when done, you want to wipe as you go.

Other types of countertops that you might consider include solid surface countertops, which are extremely durable but also very expensive and a granite countertop that is also durable but typically requires a professional since the surfaces will need to be cut and polished before installing.
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