What is the best material for countertops? What is better – granite or formica? Why upgrade to Granite? Should I replace my current formica countertops with formica again?
These are just some questions we hear daily when customers are investigating their countertops options. One of the biggest factors are their own budget, the actual cost of the installation and what the finished product will look like.
Formica countertops are not as durable as granite countertops. Formica has chipboard to its core and then it is laminated with formica on the surface of the chipboard. Granite is litterally a solid rock – created deep within the earth. Before the granite is cut to fit your kitchen countertops, it is most likely already a few hundred or thousands of year old. It has already outlasted all of earths elements and will easily be able to handle the abuse of children, pets or even poor maintenance.
Granite countertops do not cost as much as they did 20 – 30 years ago. Even in the early 2000’s, a typical granite kitchen could cost you up to $10,000 – $30,000. Now, complete granite countertops in an average size kitchen costs only $1599 – $2600 (including your sink, edge treatments and plenty of color options.) Laminate countertops will always be less expensive or even comparable in price, but the materials and life expectancy will always be lower than granite too. Granite Countertops are a natural stone – the life expectancy of granite countertops are 100 years+ while the life expectancy of laminate countertops are only up to 15 years. If you have to replace your laminate countertops just once, you could have already bought granite countertops instead, therefore saving you money over time.
The truth of the matter is that although formica has a low initial cost, it will cost you more money in the long run when you replace it once or twice over again. Once granite is installed, it does not have to be replaced. It has already outlasted all of earths elements and will be custom cut to fit your kitchen perfectly. Having granite countertops in your home is also a great selling feature should you choose to sell your home, while formica is not.
I hope this article helps you choose between granite countertops and formica countertops — if you have any questions about granite countertops, let me know in the comments below for an answer!