For homeowners who are content to covering countertops rather than replace them, there are a variety options on the market:
The classic covering countertops tile reigns supreme. For decades, tile has been used to cover up old counters or as a primary surface. Because there are hundreds of and thousands of types of tile available, you have got an equal number of counter options.
Tile can really take the heat, barely flinching when more than five hundred degree pans are set on it. Horizontal tile counter is ridiculously easy to install, much easier than slippy-slidey vertical backsplash tile.
Anyway, it is not perfect, by any means. The main disadvantage of the tile is the following: tile seams collect gunk, and that gunk must be mechanically removed.
Countertop Stone Refinishing Kits
Countertop “stone” paint is what countertop film, below, wants to be when it grows up. It is paint but paint on steroids. The whole bit about it being “stone” is not a complete marketing sham, either.
For all the bad press it gets, laminate sheets are surprisingly sturdy, durable, and realistic-looking. When the solid surface industry began to rest on its laurels, the laminate industry was quietly developing high-definition panels that had low repeating pattern frequency, scratch-free wear layers, and smooth edging.
The main disadvantage of the laminate sheets is the following: you do not know how to work with laminate. It is a tricky material that must be fabricated with a router.
Slab granite is too big for the homeowner to handle or fabricate. That is the idea behind modular granite: big “tiles” that covering countertops the entire front-to-back distance (counter edge to backsplash), no seams. Width-wise, each slab-tile is between 16″ and 18″. For those problematic inside and outside corners, there are special pieces made just for these sections, as well as edges.
Countertop film looks as much like granite as any of these other faux stone offerings. While countertop film does have satisfied customers, many others report that it is difficult to install without wrinkling or bubbling. But durability seems to be its biggest problem. You can not cut on it. Anything remotely hot should not be placed on it.