Cheap Countertop Materials
by Sean A.
And a hefty chunk of that budget will go to big-ticket items like the countertop. Fortunately, a tight budget can still buy you great countertops. Busy families might want to opt for something low maintenance and particularly durable. Thanks to advanced printing techniques, laminate countertops can now mimic stone or wood—and they’re harder than ever to tell apart from the real thing! If you opt for wood countertops, remember that they require oiling every two to three years. Many freestanding stainless steel counters offer storage beneath, so you can openly display items for easy access. And there are plenty of other countertops of this kind that offer similar durability for less. Materials like natural stone, granite and marble add classic style, but you won’t find many bargains. Before you decide on a countertop material, think seriously about your lifestyle. If you’ve got an obsession with baking, marble could be worth the splurge, for its ability to maintain cool temperatures. You can paint laminate, tile, solid-surface counters, and cultured marble.