When you’re choosing between different types of countertops, it all comes down to four factors, say laminate countertop edging specialists: appearance, cost, durability and installation. So let’s see how quartz and laminate counters measure up!
- Appearance: This is a tricky one because quartz has a very distinctive look with its high gloss, natural stone colors and veining… and so does laminate. This is because state-of-the-art design technology has allowed laminate manufacturers to mimic the look of this attractive natural stone more accurately and elegantly than ever before. Laminate is available in a huge range of quartz appearances and, for most people, they look almost exactly like the real thing.
- Cost: Affordability is a big part of choosing a countertop, especially when you’re on a tight budget or need to cover a big area, like in a kitchen remodel. Here, laminate countertops win outright. While quartz isn’t as expensive as marble, it can still cost around $100 per linear foot, while even the highest quality laminates will only cost around $50 or less per linear foot.
- Durability: As a natural stone, quartz is highly durable in terms of wear-and-tear especially in terms of resistance to abrasion and knives, which can damage the surface of laminate countertops if you cut directly onto them. However, laminate is known for its incredible longevity if treated with a little care and, in fact, has a much higher heat resistance than quartz, which can crack if a heat is applied directly to its surface.
- Installation: Quartz is a heavy stone and will need to be set onto cabinets that have been made to withstand the additional weight. This must be done by professionals who will cut, shape and fit the slabs onsite to ensure a proper installation. While laminate countertops are often professionally installed many customers do go the DIY route because it is a fairly simple job. Even if you do take the professional route, the job is quick and not labor intensive – giving you additional savings.
Custom designed laminate countertop edges for your remodel
Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative laminate countertop edging products for laminate, solid surface and wood countertops. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.