Granite Countertops Or Synthetic Countertops?
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Granite Countertops Or Synthetic Countertops?

Granite Countertops

 

Are synthetic countertops a better alternative to stone?

If stone countertops are out of your budget, consider crossing over to synthetics. Shop Smart magazine put together a list of three popular options and their pros and cons. Here's the scoop:

QUARTZ OR ENGINEERED STONE

    Why it's hot: Tops the ratings for stain resistance. Looks like real stone and does not need sealing. Comes in hundreds of colors.  Gives you modern or conventional look.  Cost a little less than granite.
    The drawbacks: Seams show and edges can chip.
    Price: $45 to $90 per square foot installed; $2,500 to $5,000 for an average-size kitchen.
    Examples are Zodiaq, Ceasarstone,  Cambria, Silstone

SOLID SURFACE

    Strong like granite but made of acrylic compounds to mimic stone, but not as well as quartz. Has no seams, requires no sealing.  Tougher than laminate.
    The drawbacks: The look is pretty dull. Not as tough as quartz.
    Price: $35 to $80 per square foot installed; $1,950 to $4,400 for an average-size kitchen.
    Examples are Corian and Wilsonart 

LAMINATE

    Stain resistant and costs less than other countertops.
    The drawbacks: Scratches easily, not repairable, black edges.
    Price: $10 to $30 per square foot installed; $550 to $1,650 for an average-size kitchen.
    Examples are Formica and Wilsonart
     

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