Formica, Granite, or Quartz – Which Option is Best for Your Kitchen Counter?

Formica, Granite, or Quartz – Which Option is Best for Your Kitchen Counter?

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Your kitchen is one of the most important areas in your house. Not only is this where you and your family will make memories, but an aesthetic and functional kitchen is also important if you ever want to sell your house. This is because more and more buyers are looking for renovated kitchens when they view homes, so an upgraded kitchen is a great way to boost your resale value and increase your asking price.

One important factor to consider when redoing your kitchen is which type of countertop you will be installing. This depends on many factors, such as whether you care more about aesthetics or having an affordable kitchen.

With so many options on the market, it can be hard to choose the right material for your countertop. Luckily, we’re here to help. This post will be walking you through the pros and cons of three of the most popular types of kitchen counters, namely Formica, granite, and quartz. Hopefully, this will help you make an informed decision.

Formica – 32mm thick

Formica or laminate countertops are a popular choice for kitchens, especially for those on a budget. When compared to the other options in this post, Formica counters are considerably cheaper, and they also have the added pros of being both easy to clean and easy to install, making them a good option for those who want to try their hand at DIY kitchens. The standard Formica width options for your counters are 600mm, 640mm and 900mm, which means your options are slightly limited.

However, as with most cheaper options, they aren’t as durable. Over time, your Formica counters can start to look a bit rough around the edges, and if your counters aren’t properly sealed, you run the risk of water damage, which is why it’s a good idea to hire professionals to help you.

Out of the three options on this list, Formica is also the most prone to heat damage, although this can easily be avoided by placing silicone mats under hot pots instead of placing them directly on the counter.

Granite – 30mm thick

For those who prefer a more natural look, granite countertops are the way to go. Because granite is a natural stone, it’s much more durable than Formica, which means it has a higher level of heat and scratch resistance.  As granite is supplied in slabs, widths of counter tops are more flexible as opposed to Formica.

That being said, there are downsides to granite tops as well, with the biggest one being that it’s an expensive material, so it’s a bit harder to design an affordable kitchen when using granite. On top of that, you don’t have many options because, as mentioned, granite isn’t man-made. This means that if you ever want to add or replace a kitchen counter, you might not get a match for any existing counters you may have, due to the variation in the natural appearance of granite.

Quartz – usually 20mm thick

If you want the durability of granite but you also want to be able to customise your countertops, quartz could be a good solution, as it can be designed to fit any style or aesthetic. It’s also low maintenance and stain resistant, making it a good option for people with children.

As with granite, the biggest downside of quartz is the fact that it’s pricey, which means it’s not ideal for those living on a tight budget. Another advantage is that being an engineered stone, additions to an existing kitchen can easily be done. Being 20mm thick, it is not as heavy as granite, but exceptionally strong and durable.

In conclusion

We all spend a lot of time working on our kitchen counters, which is why you need to make sure that you select a countertop that will last and also suit your personal style.

While this post hopefully gave you some insight into the more popular countertop options and what their pros and cons are, you need to consider your lifestyle and what will work best for you. Of course, you also need to consider which solution will fit your budget the best.

You can install your own countertops, but we suggest using an expert, especially if you’re unsure about anything. If you are renovating your kitchen in Roodepoort, Krugersdorp, or other West Rand areas and you are in need of an affordable kitchen, contact us to find out how we can help you.

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