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  • Writer's pictureLynsey West

Pros and Cons of Laminate Countertops

Updated: Feb 15

When considering different countertop materials for your kitchen remodel, laminate is most likely not the first thing that comes to mind. For several people, the very words “laminate countertop” hearken back to the salmon-colored countertops prevalent throughout households in the 1970s.

Although still perceived as a low-quality, low-cost, and often unattractive option, laminate countertops have certainly come a long way. It’s no longer 1973, and the options today are far more attractive than they were many years ago. In addition, laminate offers some other compelling advantages for homeowners.

laminate marble countertop

Pros of Laminate Countertops

  1. It offers homeowners a variety of options- As we mentioned, laminate countertops have come a long way in recent years. Aside from having endless colors to choose from, this material is now offered in patterns that mimic the look of granite and marble. Many homeowners are skeptical when they hear this, but when it comes to looks alone, it really is tough to tell the difference with some of the options available. The look of laminate can be further improved by choosing rounded seams instead of square seams, and by choosing colors that are less likely to show the less-attractive elements of this material.

  2. It’s a lower-cost option- Countertops are one of the biggest ticket items when it comes to a kitchen remodel. Laminate provides a more affordable option if you’re trying to remodel a kitchen without breaking the bank. Laminate allows you to cut cost substantially while still achieving an attractive look.

  3. It’s durable- Laminate countertops are extremely durable. Unlike some other materials, they are not easily scratched or chipped. Of course, if you choose this material, it’s important to understand that it won’t tolerate heat the way some more expensive materials, such as tile or stone, will. You cannot set hot pots and pans directly on laminate countertops.

  4. It’s cheap and easy to install- Laminate is not heavy like granite and other natural stones and therefore is easier to work with and can be installed with far cheaper labor costs.. In fact, you may not need to hire a professional at all to install laminate countertops, and many homeowners find they can do it themselves.

  5. It’s easy to clean/upkeep- Laminate doesn’t need to be sealed like other materials, making the upkeep much simpler. Even though you do not need to seal laminate, it will not stain as easily as materials like marble, or even granite. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about cleaning grout, like you would with ceramic or granite tiles.

Cons of Laminate Countertops

  1. It won’t add value- Laminate is not necessarily considered an “upgrade” and therefore will not add value to your house in a kitchen remodel like other, higher-end materials. If you are looking to add resale value or want a good return on your investment, laminate may not be the best countertop choice for you.

  2. It has a lower-end look and feel- The texture and look of laminate will never offer the same aesthetic as natural stone. Although durable, laminate cannot be used as a cutting board and cannot withstand hot temperatures like its more expensive counterparts.

granite countertops offer a high end upgrade for your kitchen remodel

Overall, if low maintenance and cost is what you are seeking for your kitchen remodel, laminate is a great option. However, if you desire the durability and feel of natural stone, laminate will not deliver in those aspects. Your kitchen should be a place you love being in, so choose the countertop that best suits your needs.

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