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Metal countertops: sleek and seamless

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In the world of metal countertops, there's stainless steel with its modern, industrial look. There's also copper, zinc and pewter. Made of thin metal sheets wrapped around and secured to wood or another material, these chic custom countertops appear seamless. Decorative edges are possible. Finishing options are many.

These metals are nonporous and heatproof, but can be noisy and dent. You can't cut on them. Fabrication is expensive. Copper, softer in appearance than stainless steel, can be treated to produce color. Zinc is warmer than stainless steel but not as tolerant to high heat. Pewter's softness allows for embellishing detail, but makes it susceptible to wear and tear. Other than stainless steel, these metals develop a patina, changing color over time if left unsealed. Stainless steel runs from $75 to $150 per square foot; copper and zinc, from $100 to $175; and pewter costs even more.

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