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Tips for Choosing the Right Countertop

There are many more options for countertops than laminate. Here are some tips on how to choose a countertop that's right for you.

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synthetic slate creates thick countertops
Photo 3 of 4Synthetic slate is smooth, unlike its natural counterpart, and its light weight makes it suitable for creating thick countertops.

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Manmade versions of natural materials are another countertop option, and they often exhibit desirable qualities not found in the original material. Synthetic slate, for example, is perfectly smooth, unlike natural slate, which has ridges. It's also very lightweight.

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