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* Stainless Steel. One of the easiest materials to clean, stainless
steel also resists bacteria buildup. It provides a modern, stylish
look and is easily maintained.
* Marble. Marble countertops are beloved, with a price that's
comparable to some granites. Because marble is porous,
cleaning can be a bit more difficult, as the material is prone to
staining.
* Concrete. Concrete has been gaining in popularity as a material for countertops. It mixes well with other materials, such as
tile or glass, to give you a unique look, and it's energy efficient,
as it captures heat and releases it back when the room cools
down.
* Tile. Inexpensive and easy to maintain, you can mix and
match tile to create your own design and style. Many homeowners have used tile and installed their own kitchen countertops, so if you're handy, you might want to consider that
option.
These are only a sampling of materials used for countertops,
and we've focused mainly on kitchens. Countertops also are
important to functionality and decorating in bathrooms, laundry rooms and other areas of your home. Do some research or
find a reputable dealer who can help you in order to make the
best choices for your countertops.

The Backsplash
A backsplash is an important, but often overlooked, part of
your kitchen or bathroom. Whether you're choosing a backsplash as part of a complete redo or just want to update a space,
there are some things to keep in mind before you pull out your
credit card.
Your backsplash is an important accessory, but it should enhance, not dominate, your d├ęcor. A classic style or understated
color will complement the rest of your room, but not draw the
eye away from other, more visible elements like cabinets and
countertops.
Too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing. If your
backsplash shouts, it will detract from the rest of your kitchen.
And, keep in mind that at some point, you may be passing your
kitchen or bathroom along to a new owner who is likely to
appreciate a more neutral tone.
If you start your backsplash search and become overwhelmed
by the selection of materials available, decide to try the ones
you like before committing. Ask for some color and tile samples and tape them to the walls for a few days, observing how
they look in natural daylight and under lights.

A wide variety of backsplash materials is available, so be sure
to take some time to check them out. You'll find tiles of marble,
granite, glass and metal. Take some time to think about the
other elements of your room, considering which materials
would complement without overwhelming them.
Also consider how difficult it will be to keep your backsplash
clean. Again, Schoonmaker advised, consider your lifestyle
and how much work will be required to keep your investment
beautiful.
Will you need to seal the tile you choose? What kind of cleaner
can you use on stainless steel tile without scratching it?
While a backsplash normally isn't the star of a room, it is an
important feature. Talk to a qualified salesperson or consultant
before choosing your materials, as you want to feel good about
your investment and enjoy your backsplash every day.
Martin's Flooring, Inc.
Phone: 717-445-1786
Four Locations, including
350 N. Park Road, Wyomissing, 19610
www.martinsflooring.com
Goodfellas Granite LLC
5353 Bernville Rd, Bernville, PA 19506
Phone: 484-218-8184
http://goodfellasgranitellc.com
Bachman's Roofing, Building & Remodeling, Inc.
36 S. Elm Street; Wernersville, PA 19565
Phone: 610-678-8004
Fax: 610-670-7151
www.BachmansRoofing.com
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