While considering different options for countertops, look beyond just the price. Take into consideration the fact that most countertop materials will outlast next remodel in your kitchen. So it is wise to invest into something better and might be more expensive. But long term benefits are worth the investment.
So look beyond just the countertop prices and consider long term benefits
First of all, not only it will bring years of enjoyment and it also bring the value of the property higher. Sometimes it is better to invest more and enjoy the result for many years ahead, than to redo countertop several times.
Granite and quartz
Granite and quartz are the most common choices for kitchen and bathroom. They tend to be on the higher end when comparing countertop prices. But this is natural stone and worth the investment. They can last probably longer than the house, since this is natural stone. They are easy to seal, so almost no maintenance is required, other than normal cleaning.
Laminate is one of the most widely available, and when it comes to countertop prices, it is the least expensive countertop option. It is the polymer that is glued on to plywood. If the front and the sides are faced with separate strips, it might create corner seams that are noticeable. But this type of countertop can also be edged with metal or wood.
The advantage of laminate is the pricing in the variety of colors and patterns. This type of countertop is very easy to install. But the disadvantages are laminate, it is very easily scratched and not heat resistant. So it can be damaged easily, and it will be hard to repair.
Tile is another material that is widely available for countertops. But not all types of tile is appropriate for countertops. It is important to make sure that the hardness and density is the right type. There is going to be grout lines in between the tiles that connect each other. So it would be very important to maintain the grout and it’s best not to cut or do the cooking straight on the tile countertops. Glazed ceramic tile is in widely used option. This type of tile is very easy to clean, but the grout between the tiles is still less durable and will require ceiling periodically.
So laminate and tile are two very inexpensive options for kitchen countertops, but granite and quartz can outlast any of the above.