Deciding on new kitchen countertops is no small matter. Not only do the surfaces serve as a meal prep area, but they are often the centerpiece of the home. Because of this, you will want to find the best option possible for your space. This guide will walk you through everything that you need to know about Formica countertops vs granite countertops, including numerous comparisons between the two materials.
Formica countertops (and other brands of laminate) have a laminate sheet with a printed design attached to a particle board core. You will have quite a few options to choose from in terms of looks, but not nearly as much as you will with granite. Granite countertops can be found in a seemingly endless variety of colors and styles. Because granite is a natural stone, each individual slab is unique – even ones that come from the same quarry. From solid colors to slabs with veins, from white and black to outside the box colors like green and blue, there will be a type of granite that appeals to your taste.
Laminate countertops are not the most durable option but will stay in relatively good shape over their lifespan. The surfaces are non-porous, so you will not have to worry about sealing. The material is also stain resistant. On the downside, laminate countertops typically only last for about 10 years or so before you should replace them. Granite is one of the most durable materials you can install in your home. With proper care, which will not require significant effort, your granite countertops can stay in terrific shape for many years to come. Although they will require sealing, the process of re-sealing a granite countertop is not difficult. The surfaces will last for so long that they will likely remain in your home for longer than you do.
On average, laminate countertops cost between $20 to $50 per square foot. This makes the surfaces one of the cheapest countertop options that you can find. Granite typically costs between $32 to $75 per square foot. This is the least expensive option among stone countertop choices. While some high-end options can be a bit pricey, you will certainly be able to find granite that won’t break your budget.
There are still many other factors to consider when ultimately choosing a countertop type: durability, hardness, heat-resistance, maintenance, stain-resistance, scratch-resistance, installation costs, and resale values. It is a huge decision that can have long-lasting effects on the overall design of your kitchen, and ultimately, the rest of the home. There is no “right” decision for everyone. No matter which material you choose for your countertop, you will be getting a beautiful material and functional final product.
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Let the professionals at Danner’s Cabinet Shop help you decide what countertops are best for you by giving comparative advantages of these materials. Our goal is to help you determine the best possible match for your kitchen! Call us at (763) 753-4002 to schedule an appointment with our staff or submit a request online. We look forward to making your kitchen look brand new!