There really isn’t a single best countertop surface, each one has its good and bad points. This chart provides a great overview of them all. At first we talked about having laminate surfaces in our new kitchen, largely because Wilsonart, a leading manufacturer of laminate surfacing, has sponsored the Type -A Mom/Type-A Parent Conference for bloggers. I learned from them that laminate has changed since the days of the bright goldenrod countertops of my youth. Indeed, laminate is inexpensive and I argued to DH that if we didn’t like the look, we could afford to change it in a few years.
Among many of my friends and family, granite is the thing, but I wasn’t quite sold on it due to the higher cost in addition to maintenance issues.
Also, there’s not really, but potentially kind sorta an issue with radon and radioactivity with some granite. Ironically, it was a specialty granite salesman who told me this in an attempt to scare me away from what he perceived to be the lower quality and possibly dangerous granite available through big box retailers.
But it’s mostly the price that keeps me away from granite. Once we go there, we are never going back. I guess I’m just not good at commitment (though I have been with hubs for 20 years; however, he’s still under warranty).
When it comes to pricing, the many surface choices exists on a continuum, except for the newer “green” stuff, which all seems to be outrageously expensive. So a high end laminate is not far off the price of a low end solid surface, and a high end solid surface might actually cost more than some varieties of granite.
As we finalize our kitchen design choices, we’re leaning toward a manufactured solid surface along the lines of Corian (copyright, trademark, etc.), likely in a sandy neutral color.
Any advice for? Do you have a countertop that you love or hate?