Plastic Laminate vs Solid Surface Countertops
Plastic Laminate and Solid Surface countertops are the most common ones among the different types listed below.
- Natural Stone
- Stainless Steel
- Butcher Block (Strips of wood)
Plastic Laminate (P Lam/ Laminate)
Below is some information to help you compare laminate countertops vs. solid surface ones:
The laminate sheets are multilayered sheets using craft paper and resin. There is a layer of decorative paper which we see as a final finish. Formica is one of the most common brand names.
Solid Surface Countertops are solid as stone and are man-made material resembling natural stone (most common is white marble look). The solid surface was first introduced by DuPont under the name of Corian (which is still the topmost choice). After expiry of their patent, other manufacturers also introduced their products.
Laminates are good in resistance to stains, scratches, and heat. Lots of colors and patterns available. It is lightweight and needs fewer supports/framing etc. as compared to stone or solid surface heavy weigh counters.
Solid Surface countertops are very hard and durable as compared to Laminates. They are available in lots of colors and patterns to mimic natural stone. They have a solid non-porous surface which makes them very easy to clean and maintain. Most scratches can be removed by sanding.
Considering a good professional installation:
Laminate countertop can cost in a range of $ 25 – $ 55 / Sq Ft.
Solid Surface countertop can cost in a range of $ 55 – $ 125 / Sq Ft.