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Countertops are made to fit almost every budget and style. The most affordable option is preformed laminate tops. These tops come in standard lengths and include a back splash and molded edge. These surfaces may burn or scorch, so you'll need to protect them from hot pans. Custom laminate countertops give you a larger variety of colors to choose from. They also offer the option of contrasting edge detail. If you'd like your counters faced with wood, then custom laminates may be right for you. This surface is also sensitive to heat. You may want to consider ceramic tile countertops if you want a heat resistant surface. These countertops come in a wide variety of colors and can be accented with colored grout. For a specialized look you could use hand painted tiles on back splashes. Ceramic countertops are durable and in the mid-priced range. Marble is also heat resistant, but can be more expensive. Finally, there are solid surface countertops. These offer a sleek, modern line that is easy to clean. Another benefit is that scratches and burns can usually be sanded out.

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