Laminate versus granite worktops

When faced with a large number of worktop options, it can be quite difficult to make a decision. Each type of surface has its own fair share of pros and cons that need to be considered and compared. At the end of the day, only the homeowner can make that final choice. When choosing between granite and laminate, here are some major differences:

Laminate surfaces
– Cheaper than most other options
– Fairly scratch resistant BUT not completely immune to damage
– Easy to clean and maintain
– Safe for use in kitchens
– Wide variety of designs and colours
– Not resistant to heat at all
– If damaged, they cannot be repaired

Granite surfaces
– Wide variety of colours and unique patterns
– Durable, scratch, and scorch resistant
– Easy to maintain
– Variety of prices depending on the stone
– Extremely sought after in the kitchen since it’s resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew.
– Not completely resistant to stains
– Since it is a natural stone, there may be inconsistencies with the colour
– Seams are visible

The bottom line is that both of these surfaces are attractive and suitable for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of the home. Granite is tougher than laminate surfaces and this can often prove to be the deciding factor as well as the price of course. Homeowners usually agree that spending a bit more on a durable surface will pay off in the end.