Most Expensive: Quartz
Consider quartz to be the next granite. This material has the same, high quality look, but comes with a few extra perks. Unlike granite, quartz countertops do not need to be treated or sealed once a year to prevent damage. Quartz also isn’t as porous as granite, so you’ll be getting better durability as well. The material itself can be found in so many different colors and finishes, allowing you to really customize the look of your kitchen.
Mid-Range: Solid Surfaces
If you’re looking to up the durability factor even more, solid surfaces may be a great option for you. Over time, your countertops will go through a lot of wear and tear. The great thing about solid surfaces is that all of those indications of heavy usage, whether it’s scratches or burns can be sanded out, so your countertops look good as new.
Additionally, you can find solid surfaces in almost any color and pattern available, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to design. Typically, you’ll end up spending between $35-50 per square foot on solid, so it makes a great mid-range material.
Least Expensive: Laminate
Getting down to our most budget-friendly kitchen countertop option, we’ve got laminate. And we know, sometimes laminate gets a bad wrap, but don’t count it out just yet. In the last several years, we’ve seen huge growth in the amount of laminate options available. You can still get an amazing look, for half the cost.
The only downside to consider with this material is that any scratches or burns are difficult, even impossible to repair. While that is definitely something to keep in mind, the great news is that you’ll only be paying around $5-$50 per square foot depending on the installation process and the type of material.
While granite is slowing fading out of fashion, there’s no need to panic. There are so many materials out there these days that can offer you the benefits of a durable stone like granite. But we’d love to hear your thoughts, what’s your favorite countertop material?