Laminate countertop surfaces have been used throughout the home for years. Although the popularity of laminate has been surpassed by more durable, unique surface materials, it is a classic that remains the product of choice for a homeowner on a tight budget.
Made of plastic-coated synthetic layers, laminate has a smooth, easy to clean surface. It is low-maintenance and has a wide variety of color options. However, while inexpensive, laminate countertops are not as resistant to scratches or stains and do not have the lasting power of stone surfaces like granite, Corian or quartz.