If you’re shopping for countertops, then you know the choices can be overwhelming.

Some insist on the more popular stone materials, but the cost of these counters can be prohibitive to many budgets. While many people think laminate countertops went out of style in the 80’s, they are still around and have an updated look that some might find perfect for their kitchen renovation project.

Laminate countertops in general cost between $10 and $40 a square foot installed, a fraction of what granite costs. This is something to keep in mind for your current budget, and if you’re the type of person who gets bored of a look and likes to change it more frequently, it’s an affordable way to update your kitchen more often too.

Laminate has undergone a face lift in recent years, so when you shop for countertops, you may be surprised at the choices you find. While these are not granite, you can find a pattern that looks very close to the real thing. People who have a different style can also find patterns that are unique and found in no other material. There are so many choices you’re sure to find something that suits your taste.

The edges of laminate counters have turned people off for years with its characteristic black line. New designs offer different edges that look updated and modern, and options such as an undermount sink also make laminate counters more appealing to those trying to update their kitchen on a budget.

Laminate does have its negative aspects. It isn’t nearly as durable as some materials, and it can be scratched or sliced. It can also only take so much heat before it scorches. Homeowners who are careful about where they set hot pots and use cutting boards typically end up with a counter that looks great for years though.

If you’re in the market for new countertops, don’t discard the idea of laminate until you give it another look. An updated style along with a great price makes it a smart decision for some people. For more information about kitchen countertops and cabinetry, contact us.