According to HGTV.com, "the cost of a granite countertop will, of course, depend on the size of your surface areas. However, the average granite countertop will cost approximately $50 to $100 per square foot."In contrast, according to thisoldhouse.com high-pressure laminate is "relatively inexpensive." If luxury countertops are on your wish list, but managing costs is a consideration – high pressure laminate countertops are worth a look. Choosing laminate for your countertops can result in substantial savings – sometimes thousands of dollars – making it a very realistic (and stylish) choice for many homeowners.Laminate countertops, along with vinyl flooring and ceramic tile, were used in this award-winning kitchen remodeling project in Mendota Heights. This project is a terrific example of realistic remodeling. The budget was modest, but the result is very functional and stylish!
Both Formica and Wilsonart offer new lines of countertops that use advanced HD digital technology to "close the gap between faux and real". Choices in colors, patterns and textures are expanding rapidly. Today, many of the high pressure laminates offer the look of marble, granite, stone, and wood – but at a much lower price point.
The modern, sophisticated patterns of Formica 180fx® focus on a neutral palette and replicate the veining and swaths of color that characterize real stone, marble, and timber. The ugly seam at the edge has been eliminated.
Wilsonart HD® High Definition Laminate is available in 50 easy-to-clean colors and patterns with no-seamedges.According to Consumerreports.org laminate has many advantages including price (about $10 to $40 per square foot installed) and durability. Their countertop buying guide offers helpful pros and cons of different countertop materials. If you're looking for budget-friendly countertop options – laminate is definitely worth a look.