Granite or Laminate Countertops
June 3, 2012 3:48 PM Subscribe
Laminate or granite for kitchen countertops?
posted by Elsie to home & garden (45 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
We're moving soon to a condo in a retirement development--not a luxury community but a more plain vanilla, well located community with retired teachers, librarians, professors, not bankers, doctors, and lawyers. As my GPS says: "You have reached your destination." Or it may be.
We're painting existing wood kitchen cabinets white, replacing cabinet hardware with snazzy new ones , putting in new sink, fancy "swan" faucet, great looking new pendant lights, new floor. We're keeping most of the appliances but replacing the fridge. Oh, we're adding white subway tile backsplash. I've seen dozens of Apartment Therapy Before and Afters, budget redos of just the type we're planning. But even a budget makeover of an small ordinary kitchen gets pricey.
We are replacing the countertops. The contractor is pushing granite counters, which are $2500 more than some really attractive, sturdy newfangled laminate counters. Other folks in the development have laminates, and their counters look totally fine. I do cook a lot and still have some cooking and entertaining years ahead of me, if I'm lucky, since we're younger than most of the other residents. All the same, cooking daily for a family and kids is behind us.
My husband wants the granite. (He does the clean-up as well as occasional cooking.) The contractor definitely wants the granite. Are any Mefites out there happy that they spent the extra $$$ for granite instead of some of the sturdy, attractive laminates that are out there? Pro laminate people, please feel free. Keep in mind the subway tile backsplash. Would that look weird with laminate counters? Help me decide. (A plus factor for me but not for my spouse, contractor, and pro-granite friends is that laminates are made in the U.S. The granite slabs I looked at come from Brazil.)