Common Countertop Materials
Popular kitchen and bath countertops for every budget.
LaminateWhat it is: Layers of paper topped with a thin coating of plastic, then glued to plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF).
Pros: Laminate resists stains and comes in a slew of colors and fun patterns, like zebrawood.
Cons: If you slice through the top layer, you’ll need to replace the entire countertop. Laminate can buckle under high heat, and seams are visible where pieces meet.
Cost: $10 to $30 a square foot.*
*Price ranges include installation.
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