In the past, laminate countertops were considered a cheap, lower quality option for kitchen renovations. While they are still the most cost-effective countertop option on the market, laminate countertops have improved and gained more popularity in recent years. Here’s why: 

  • Affordability

Laminate countertops are the most affordable countertop option and the most widely available material. It’s a great option for homeowners who want to quickly and affordably update their kitchen for a sale or for those on a budget. Thanks to their versatility, laminate countertops can now mimic the look of more expensive stone surfaces without the big price tag. 

How affordable are they? Laminate countertops can be a quarter of the price of a granite countertop. On average, laminate countertops range between $20-$50 a square foot.

  • Design Options

Laminate countertops are available in a huge variety of colours, patterns, textures and designs. You can choose laminate that looks like wood, quartz, granite, marble and even stainless steel. Or if you prefer, you can choose a laminate that is a bright and bold colour or one with a unique pattern. No matter what you choose, you’ll end up with a clean, updated surface without breaking the bank. 

  • Ease of Installation

Laminate countertops are a popular choice for DIY renovators because they are relatively easy to install. You can take your own measurements to a countertop company have them fabricate the countertops for you. Then you can pick them up, cut perfectly for your kitchen and install them yourself. This will add to the cost-savings of this affordable countertop choice. Learn how to install a laminate countertop.

There are some things to watch out for when using laminate countertops. They are not scratch resistant, so it’s always a good idea to use a cutting board when preparing food. They will also burn and/or melt under extreme heat, so do not place a hot pot or pan directly on the countertop. If you are worried about scratches, purchase a light-coloured laminate as the scratches will not show as much. 

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