Laminate countertops became popular in the 1950's and 60's, and have remained a popular option for many new and remodeled kitchen countertops today. Although there are many different options for a kitchen countertop including granite, Corian, and tile, laminate is still a viable option for many people. Laminate countertops have their own set of advantages and disadvantages like the other countertop materials, some of the pros and cons include:
- Cost: Laminate is generally the least expensive option for a countertop, and is one of the most widely available materials. It is perfect for people who are looking to remodel a kitchen on a tight budget. The low cost also makes it ideal for people who enjoy changing the decor of their home every few years. Laminate countertops are inexpensive enough that they can be changed over the years, something that could cost much more with a granite countertop.
- Easy to install: Installing a laminate countertop is easy enough that a few do-it-yourselfers can easily install a new counter. The new counter can be installed in a brand new area, or it can be installed over an existing laminate countertop. If that is not an option then it is still less expensive to have a professional install the counter as opposed to the other counter materials.
- Easy to damage: Because laminate is made from layers glued together, it is easier to damage the surface of the countertop. Hot pans can melt the top, and even a cigarette left unattended can melt a small area. The top is also susceptible to scratches from sharp knives and other items on the counter. It is also not easy to repair just a section of countertop.
- Does not add resale value to a house: Due to the low cost of laminate and it's wide availability, a laminate countertop generally does not add much resale value to a house.
Depending on what your needs are, a laminate countertop may be something worth installing in your new or remodeled kitchen. It is installed in many kitchens across the world due to it's affordable price, and durability as a kitchen countertop. If you are looking for other materials, granite, Corian, and tile make for excellent alternatives. The choice is completely dependent upon your needs.