Inexpensive Kitchen Countertop Choices Inexpensive Kitchen Countertop Choices


Kitchens and bathrooms are the heart of a home and are a major factor in people's decision to buy or pass on a home for sale. However, when it comes to remodeling, kitchens and  bathrooms are also among the most expensive projects you can take on. Fortunately, if you're looking to upgrade your kitchen (whether to put it on the market or just to modernize it) you do have some inexpensive countertops options that can help you stay within your budget. Here's some of your inexpensive kitchen counter top choices.

Laminates

  • Laminate are definitely your least expensive countertop option, but in addition to being inexpensive they are very practical (low maintenance and long lasting) and their low cost might allow you to spend more on other areas in your kitchen.
  • Laminates are traditionally made by heat sealing resins and a piece of paper with a picture on it under high pressure onto medium density fiberboard , creating a solid board that is moisture proof and can be cut, nailed or routed on the edges.
  • Since the pattern is a picture, laminate countertops potentially can look like virtually any kind of counter top imaginable - marble, stone, butcher block, making them highly adaptable so they can fit into all kinds of kitchen decors..
  • Laminate countertops cost in the range of $20 to $50 per square foot installed.
  • The major downside to laminate counters is they can burn if you put a hot pot on the surface.


Wood

  • Wood countertops are a traditional choice and have the advantage that they never really go out of style. Primarily constructed in a butcher block style (boards laid on edge) wooden countertops are made from a number of different woods to suit different color schemes or kitchen themes. Cherry, walnut and mahogany are the traditional choices while rock maple (the wood butcher's use) is solid and won't dull knives.
  • In addition to giving your kitchen the warm look of natural wood, wooden countertops have a practical side as any surface cuts or nicks can be removed by sanding and oiling the surface.
  • The downsides to wooden countertops include hot pots will burn them, they do require some ongoing maintenance (you need to keep them oiled) and they can absorb food odors.
  • Wooden countertops range in cost from $50 to $200 per square foot installed.


Engineered stone

  • More expensive than laminate but in the same price range as wooden countertops, engineered stone counters provide the strength and beauty of stone counters without the price tag.
  • Made from granules of real stone (quartz or marble) combined with resins and colored pigments in a compaction process, engineered stone counters can look very much like natural stone or due to the colored pigments, can be adapted to match different kitchen decors.
  • The advantages of engineered stone are similar to real stone countertops - heat and scratch resistant,very durable and easy to maintain with the feel of real stone.
  • Engineered stone countertops cost in the range of $40 to $125 per square foot installed.

Murray Anderson is an experienced freelance writer whose work has appeared on numerous web sites, in newspapers and books in both the US and Canada. He is often cited as an expert on home related topics.

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