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Granite Versus Laminate Countertops – Which is Better?

Last Updated on August 11, 2021

The debate continues over whether granite or laminate is the better choice for your kitchen countertop. There are several key factors to consider when making the decision, including cost, look, and quality, among others.

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations has cut through the countertop chatter with some straight talk about why engineered granite like our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces is the better choice.

Granite Versus Laminate Countertops Cost

While laminate has traditionally been on the lower end of the cost scale, today’s premium laminate is coming in at a higher cost that’s competitive with quartz and granite.

Granite vs. Laminate Countertop Quality

Kitchen sink with dark stone and brown granite countertop

You can’t judge a book by its cover, and the same can be said for a laminate countertop. There’s no doubt that laminate has come a long way; so much so that today’s laminate is made to resemble granite and other types of stone. But the truth is that—beneath the surface—laminate is no match to granite when it comes to quality. Laminate consists of thick particleboard with a thin sheet of laminate over it, and has a decorative layer that’s made to replicate the look of quartz or granite. Granite and TREND Transformations combine superior engineering with the highest quality granite in the world, making its surfaces among the most popular in the home remodeling industry.

Heat-resistance

Heat can cause permanent discoloration and damage to laminate countertops. Additionally, the adhesive can react and deteriorate if the surface makes contact with temperatures above 150 degrees, causing it to burn or melt. Engineered granite is not susceptible to heat, which makes it a “hotshot” in the kitchen. So, by choosing engineered granite instead of laminate countertops, you can place hot pots or pans directly on the counter without having to scramble for a trivet at the last minute.

Scratch and stain-resistance

Woman cutting red pepper on granite countertop

With laminate countertops, you’ll find yourself using a cutting board more often, since the surface is susceptible to scratches, stains, and water damage. Granite and TREND Transformations makes its own quartzrecycled glass, and granite surfaces, all of which include a proprietary ingredient called ForeverSeal® that makes the surfaces stain, scratch and heat-resistant—guaranteeing the lifetime use of the product. And unlike natural granite surfaces, our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces never require sealing, which can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Aesthetic

Modern kitchen with wooden floors and black granite

Today’s laminate is available in a variety of colors and patterns, but there’s something about the beauty of stone that tops the charts when it comes to appearance. Granite elevates the look of any area and provides a high-end feel that is unmatched when compared to laminate.

Granite Vs. Laminate effects on home value

White bathroom sink with white granite countertop

Today’s homebuyers pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms when searching for a new home. Homes with granite countertops make it to the top of the list, since buyers will regard a lower-quality surface as something they will have to immediately replace. Although laminate countertops are a budget-friendly choice, granite is an investment that will yield a higher long-term return, while also delivering elegance and beauty for years to come. Laminate is a good choice for a part-time, temporary, low-cost solution—such as a quick fix for a rental apartment, for example.

Life Expectancy

There are not many things you can count on that will last forever. Take laminate, which you can expect to last for approximately 10 years—with burns and scratches as among the reasons you will need to replace it. With proper care, granite and other etherium® By E-Stone surfaces from Granite and TREND Transformations will maintain its beauty and durability for a lifetime. And to back that up, these surfaces come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Quick and easy installation

Granite countertops from Granite and TREND Transformations can be installed over your existing countertops in as little as one day—without the stress and mess of demolition. Just imagine: You can transform the look of your kitchen in days instead of weeks. The process is quick and easy!

3 easy steps

Contact us today to schedule your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation. Your dream kitchen awaits!

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