Countertops can be made from lots of materials – solid surfacing, natural or engineered stone, even ceramic or glass tile. But if you want the best selection of colors and patterns, and the lowest price, laminate is your choice. Yet laminate’s advantages go beyond price and selection. Taking a look at these advantages will show you how favorably laminate stacks up against the high-priced competition.

Getting what you want
There are hundreds of laminate colors and patterns. These range from vibrant pure colors to hundreds of patterns that simulate the look of stone and wood, all at a fraction of what you’d pay for the real thing. You’ll have around 60 solid surfacing colors and patterns to pick from; one company only offers 17. It’s a little better with engineered stone, a man-made composite material using natural quartz: there about 150 choices. With granite and marble, what you get depends on what’s been quarried, and you can’t pick from easy-to-use sample chips; you have to sort though slabs at the stone yard, or just take your chances on what’s available when you order. If you want soapstone, another natural countertop material, your choice is black!

Laminate also offers more edge choices than other materials. Besides a range of rolled edges and a beveled edge, you can edge your laminate countertop with wood, or use solid surface inserts to create an eye-catching decorative edge.  Laminate can be formed into a seamless cove backsplash to keep spills from seeping behind the cabinets.

Then there’s style – which changes. With laminates’ low cost and always-up-to-date patterns and colors, changing your countertop to be right in style with today’s trends is a piece of cake. Selling your house and want to make your kitchen sparkle for potential buyers? A new laminate countertop, especially one made with new Wilsonart® HD®, will have a much greater impact on sale price than a coat of paint.