A compilation of all of your kitchen countertop options, from the most expensive (granite) to the cheapest (tile and laminate), and all other counter materials in between.
||Inexpensive(as low as $5 per square foot), DIY install possible. Multitude of design choices.
||Tile seams interfere with food preparation. Tile viewed as "lower grade."
||Laminate (Formica, Wilsonart brands, etc.) is inexpensive. Many design options.
||Material no longer fashionable. Cannot be installed by yourself.
||Many designs, medium prices, scratches can be sanded out. Corian is a brand name.
||Never confused for materials (i.e., stone) it is trying to simulate.
||Granite (marble is too porous). Lovely texture. Prices are dropping. Tiles, rather than slab, can be installed and are cheaper.
||Can crack and stain. High prices.
||Beautiful surface. Impervious to heat.
||Hard to fabricate. Expensive. Easily scratches.
||Attractive surface can be shaped in a myriad of ways.
||Difficult to keep sanitary. Hot pans will singe wood countertops.
||Infinite variety of colors
||Trendy, expensive, porous, hard to install. Not a DIY project