If you're trying to select the right type of countertop for your bathroom or kitchen, three of the major options are granite, marble and laminate. All of these materials offer multiple benefits along with certain disadvantages. It is important when you are looking at your options for your countertops that you do adequate research.
It can be easy to pick a countertop based purely on aesthetics or what you want the room to look like, but it is incredibly important that you also take into consideration how the countertop will be used and what the pros and cons are. Many people can make a mistake when choosing their countertops, which results in costing them more money in the long run.
You should be taking into account what your countertops will be coming in contact with and how dedicated you can be to maintenance and upkeep. This will help you determine which type of stone is best for your space and your project and ultimately work to save you money in the long run by preventing unnecessary costs from maintenance and repairs if you choose the incorrect countertop material.
Here are some things to consider when trying to choose between a natural stone countertop and a cheaper option like laminate.
Marble, granite and laminate come in several different colors and styles. Synthetic countertops are mass-produced with identical surfaces. On the other hand, every stone counter has its own unique pattern.
Granite and marble are real, natural materials. Laminate products often try to imitate other surfaces, such as stone or wood. While they can have a fairly attractive appearance, it's not hard to see that the materials are synthetic.
Both laminate and natural stone counters are available with various extra features, such as an integrated backsplash that protects the adjacent wall. You can choose between multiple edge styles, such as a raised edge for spill protection.
Laminate surfaces remain less expensive than the alternatives; however, a repeated replacement can make this material more costly in the long run. It may also reduce the resale value of upscale homes.
Unlike wood or tiles, all of these countertops have smooth, seamless surfaces. This simplifies and hastens cleaning tasks. Remember not to clean natural stone with acidic or harsh cleaners, such as bleach, vinegar or ammonia.
Your installer should make sure that the cabinets and floor provide adequate support for a natural stone countertop. If they don't, you'll need to add more support or choose a lighter material.
Laminate counters easily scratch and sometimes delaminate. They're not easy to fix. These countertops generally last one to two decades. Marble and granite have the potential to last more than a century, but proper cleaning and maintenance are crucial.
Unlike laminate, natural stone surfaces are highly resistant to fire and high temperatures. They won't easily melt or burn if you drop a hot pan on the counter. Flame resistance also reduces the risk that appliance fires will spread.
If you are looking to incorporate a stone countertop into your space and aren’t sure what your best option is, give us a call and we can help you pick out the perfect stone and begin planning your project!