Counters

Countertops

Kitchen World has a wide variety of counter choices for your home. The 4 most popular types of countertops have been compared side by side in the table below.

Laminate Solid Surface Granite Engineered Stone
Appearance 100's of colors. Noticable seams. Wide variety of colors and patterns. Seamless. Rich dramatic colors, speckled or veined. Glossy. Noticable seams. Looks like granite. Glossy. Noticable seams.
Cleanability Stains easily. Hand scrub. Some cleaners hurt finish. Resists stains, mold and bacteria. Use most cleaners. Stains easily. Seams can trap dirt. Clean with mild soap. Seal twice a year. Resists stains. Seams can trap dirt. Use most cleaners.
Durability Minimum heat resistance. Scratches easy. Scratches can't be repaired. Some heat resistance. Scratches easily. Scratches repair easily. High heat resistance. Cutting on surface will dull knife. Chips can't be repaired. Good heat resistance. Chips can't be repaired.
Versatility Many edges. Only drop in sinks. Infinitely customizable. Use any sink. Limited designs and edges. Use any sink. Limited designs and edges. Use any sink.
Value Cost less up front. Limited longevity. Must replace if damaged. Shortest lead time. Can be refinished to look like new. Increases home resale. Difficult to damage, but must be replaced if damaged. Increases home resale. One of a kind. Difficult to damage, but must be replaced if damaged. Increases home resale.
Warranty 1 year for defects. No burns, scratches or wear. 10 year istalled warranty. Labor and materials. Local fabricator warranty. 10 year warranty. Product only.

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