Which Countertop Option Is Best For You?

When remodeling your home, sometimes the hardest part is deciding which options are best for you. Choosing a countertop can be especially difficult, as it doesn't just involve picking out a color, you need to choose a material as well - granite, corian and laminate just to name a few. See below for tips to help you navigate through your countertop options to help with your decision making.

1. Granite

Granite is a natural stone option and can give your kitchen a bold look with its beautiful shiny surface. Granite needs to be cleaned gently, using only products safe to use on granite and should be sealed every year or every other year to keep its shine and to help protect the surface from stains. Granite should be wiped down after each use, as even water spots can stain the surface.

Pros:

  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Wide range of colors
  • Can add value to your home

Cons:

  • Not easily repaired
  • Porous (meaning it can stain easily)
  • Costly

2. Corian

Corian is a solid surface that looks like stone, although it doesn't shine like most natural stones (such as granite or quartz). Corian needs to be cleaned gently with products safe to use on corian surfaces. Harsh cleaning products can leave a white film on the surface. 

Pros:

  • Numerous color options
  • Seamless
  • Easily repaired
  • Non-porous (doesn't stain easily)
  • Can be made with an integrated sink (or an undermount sink)

Cons:

  • Not heat resistant
  • Scratches easily
  • Costly

3. Laminate

Laminate is the cheapest of these three options; it is made from a plywood material with a thin piece of formed plastic over the top. Laminate comes in a high definition style that can mimic the shine and style of granite. Laminate can also mimic wood, as in a butcher block style.

Pros:

  • Numerous color and edging options
  • Cost efficient
  • Low maintenance
  • Easily cleaned
  • Can be installed yourself
  • Good for anyone that likes to redecorate often

Cons:

  • Easily scratches
  • Stains easily
  • Not heat resistant
  • Chips easily

When choosing a countertop, be sure to think about how much you will be using it and your kitchen. Also think about how much time you have to devote to keeping it clean, maintained and looking its best. Remember that what you choose will be in your home for quite some time, so take some time before making a decision; it isn't a decision you want to rush. 

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