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Laminate, Formica and Vinyl Countertops: Economical and Beautiful

It might sound strange to get excited about countertops, but when you work in our business, it’s an endless source of fascination. There are so many amazing options that home buyers and home owners have at their disposal. In fact, we’ve discussed the many varieties of countertops you might consider for your home.

Your choice of countertop depends on many factors, including your budget, your taste and how you’ll be utilizing the countertop. Though you might think that more expensive countertops are better than budget-friendly options, you might be surprised to find out that the budget-conscious countertops have come a long way in recent years. That’s why we want to take a closer look at options like sheet vinyl and Formica laminate countertops.

For the sake of brevity, we are going to group laminate, Formica and vinyl into one broad category of budget countertops. Sheet vinyl and Formica are a type of laminate. Laminate is simply a material built by combining several layers of said material.  

The Benefits of a Laminate Countertop

If you still balk at the idea of having Formica laminate or sheet vinyl countertops, you should really take the time to check out what today’s market has to offer. Laminate design and quality have grown leaps and bounds in recent years, and many of these countertops hold their own when compared against their more expensive counterparts.

Aside from being visually appealing, they are also durable. Laminate countertops resist stains, heat and impact rather well, even in comparison to pricier materials, according to Consumer Reports.

Budget Friendly Counters

One of the most obvious benefits of sheet vinyl, Formica and other laminates is that they are incredibly affordable. They are available at a fraction of the price of quartz, granite or other highly sought-after options. Laminate is also easier to replace. If your granite countertop is damaged, you’ll be out a lot of money, time and effort. If your laminate countertop is damaged, it’s a much easier problem to fix. If you’re relatively handy around the house, you might even want to replace laminate countertops on your own.

Of Course, Laminate Countertops Aren’t for Everyone

Some people have their heart set on granite, marble, quartz or wood countertops. If your budget allows and that’s your preference, then you should absolutely go with your first choice. Many home buyers even heavily factor in the type of countertop in a home before making a home purchase, so it’s worth noting that investment in higher-quality material might make your home more appealing to buyers if you eventually sell it.

Ken Thieneman has worked with clients with a wide range of preferences for their homes. As custom home builders, we are happy to accommodate the preferences and needs of our clients. If you aren’t sure what type of countertop you’re looking for, we’re happy to discuss all the amazing options you have available.

If you’re considering buying or building a home in the Louisville area, give us a call. Many clients come to us thinking that a custom home is too expensive, only to discover that it is completely within their budget. We’ve built a reputation for building high-quality homes on time and on budget. Contact Ken Thieneman today to talk about building the custom home you’ve always wanted.

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