Sunday, May 11, 2014

Stainless Steel Countertops

As we continue our thread on different countertop materials, today we will explore stainless steel and recycled aluminum as countertop options.

Stainless steel countertops can be made of 60% recycled content and because it can be recycled again and again, has an extended useful life. This material is often used in commercial kitchens and medical facilities because of its durability and the rigorous standards for cleanliness. Beware: keeping stainless steel free of smudges, watermarks and scratches can be a chore and drive even the most laid back homeowner batty. Stainless steel can be a great contemporary look and used in the right way, can fit into even a traditional kitchen. Cost: $65 to $85 per square foot for the material only

Another metal option for countertops is recycled aluminum. The company Eleek uses uses 50 to 90 percent recycled aluminum to make countertop-depth pieces up to 3 feet wide with built-in front lip and backsplash. Eleek tops are finished with reusable abrasives and recirculated water. Clear-coat finish is food-safe and nontoxic. Cost: $95 per square foot for the material only.

Of the countertop options we have explored thus far, what’s your favorite? Email me at

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