Laminate Countertops Pros and Cons: A Comprehensive Guide

By Artem Kropovinsky, Interior Designer and Founder of Arsight |
December 26, 2023

Modern interiors inspire people and make them reconsider their surroundings and how to improve them. People are now more inclined towards spending on home remodeling projects, and adding greater value to their living spaces. When redecorating and revamping interiors, style, aesthetics, trends, and cost are the major factors to consider. 

You might be able to give a new look to your bedroom, dining, or living area by replacing the old furniture with new, but the kitchen and bathrooms have different requirements. One of the most crucial aspects to consider when planning a kitchen remodeling project is the countertops. You may look for affordable, durable, and appealing options. 

Laminate countertops are emerging as a popular choice due to their cost-effectiveness and usefulness. You can find laminate countertops in a variety of design and color options, and make the best choice. However, before deciding on your home remodeling project details, you must have a detailed insight into laminate countertops pros and cons.

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An Insight into Laminate Countertops for Kitchen Remodeling

Laminate countertops are fabricated by mixing two materials: plastic and paper. These materials are combined to form sleek layers and then transformed into textured designs in a variety of colors. People love it for its versatility and is ideal for kitchens, toilets, or washing areas. 

However, laminate countertops are good quality and may last long with proper maintenance. On the contrary, it is prone to minor damage with regular use. So, it is always advisable to opt for colors that can easily hide these imperfections. These countertops are usually polished for a glossy finish. However, the polish is likely to fade quickly, so choosing a matte finish will not only save you from regular maintenance but also retain your kitchen looks for years.

How Much Cost Do Laminate Countertops Require?

When planning home remodeling projects, the cost is a major factor and determines your final choices. So, you must be knowledgeable about laminate countertops’ current market prices. If you are looking for budget-friendly options for your kitchen renovation, then laminate countertops are a recommended choice by experts. The cost of laminate countertops may vary from 20 to 80 USD per sq.foot, and it includes installation costs. Likewise, an average laminate countertop price ranges between 800 to 1750 USD. However, the exact price depends on the variety, color, and customization.

Do Laminate Countertops Require a Hefty Maintenance Budget?

It is always a sensible idea to choose items that require the least maintenance, or you may always be occupied with extra expenditures. Upon regular use, laminate countertops may require frequent refinishing. Though, these countertops are low maintenance, replacing and refinishing them entails a handsome budget.

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What is the DIY Method of Laminate Countertop Installation?

However, professional laminate countertop installation is the best option and will feature a warranty. However, for creative people, it can be a DIY project. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Use specialized equipment to take exact measurements of your kitchen countertops. 
  2. Make sure to disconnect the power supply and water supply before installation to avoid any potential damage.
  3. Carefully remove splash boards in your kitchen.
  4. Then, get rid of the old countertop (Remove one piece at a time).
  5. Ensure that the fresh laminate countertops exactly match the space dimensions. Dry fitting will help you ensure that it meets all the edges, and matches the level. 
  6. After you know that the laminate countertops are the exact size, you may proceed with the installation. You can use screws for fixing, however, it is important to review the screw length to avoid any issues. 
  7. Cut the laminate splash boards using a disc-shaped saw. 
  8. Reinstall the washing basin and stove top back in its original place. 
  9. Fix the laminate splashboards. Use a construction adhesive for the purpose. You may also use temporary braces for assistance.

What are the Laminate Countertops Pros and Cons?

Laminate countertops are becoming a primary choice for homeowners for many reasons. Here you will find a detailed analysis of laminate countertops that will help you make an informed choice about your home remodeling project.


Pros of Laminate Countertops

Extensive Variety

Laminate countertops are available in a vast variety of colors and designs which makes it a perfect choice for home remodeling projects. If you love granite or quartz and cannot afford it, you can choose a laminate to create a similar look.


Laminate countertops are a pocket-friendly option for kitchens, as it will require less than 1500 USD for the task.

Doesn’t Get Stained

Laminate countertops feature a non-penetrable surface, so dust, dirt, spills, and stains won’t become permanent.


Easy to Maintain

When choosing home remodeling materials, one major aspect to consider is hassle-free maintenance. Painting laminate countertops will help them last longer and you won’t have to allocate a yearly maintenance budget for your kitchen.

Easy Installation

Hiring a professional through Arsight for laminate countertop installation will promise the best results. However, its easy installation method makes it an ideal DIY project. So, if you are keen to save on your budget, you can only spend on purchasing the laminate material and performing the installation yourself.

Laminate Countertop Cons

Property Value

Investing in a kitchen remodeling project is a one-time investment, and everyone wants the best results. Unfortunately, laminate countertops don’t have a resale value or boost your property's worth.


The laminate material is not impact-resistant and can get easily damaged or scratched. Also, laminate countertops can be affected by high heat so not ideal for cooking purposes, and you will have to replace them before time.


Minor scratches and damages can be covered using resin paint, however, if laminate countertops have been majorly impacted (like layers may detach) you will have to replace them. It will cost you a heavy budget.


Laminate countertops are a decent and affordable option when planning your home remodeling projects. However, it is ideal for less-used surfaces and if you are looking for the best material for frequently used surfaces, you may find better alternatives in the market.

Artem Kropovinsky is an author, interior designer and the founder of Arsight, a globally award-winning design firm based in New York. With over decade of experience, Arsight specializes in complex projects, including new constructions, complete residential renovations, restaurants, and retail stores.