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When you’re considering a kitchen renovation with flooring, tile, countertops, and new sink and faucet, most likely the greater portion of your costs are going to be spent on your new kitchen countertop. This isn’t even something that most people can do themselves, such as switch out faucets or add new cabinet knobs, and labor and material costs can comprise most of your budget.

Many people are happy with affordable countertops as most of these modern types are still designed to be functional and attractive. Here are a few tips on choosing the best countertops to suit a low budget.

Laminate is Affordable

Many people snub the choice of laminate, yet it can be your most affordable choice over wood, concrete, or glass. And there are many different choices of laminate nowadays, unlike in the past.

It can be a fallacy to think that only with a quartz, granite, or marble countertop that your kitchen will look it’s best. There are hundreds or choices in laminate, and you may just find the perfect choice to match the look of your kitchen, without being stuck with a high credit card bill afterwards.

Laminate can generally cost about $12 to $40 per square foot once it’s installed, which offers considerable savings over granite or quartz.

Hundreds of Color and Pattern Choices

Many laminate surfaces are also designed to copy the colors, textures, and patterns of quartz or granite, yet can’t easily be discerned as laminate unless you are close up to them.

There are many brands such as Formica and Wilsonart. These can offer hundreds of colors and pattern choices to you. You’re certain to find the perfect laminate countertop for your kitchen.

Besides laminate, you can also find affordable countertop options such as solid wood and butcher block style countertops. There are also ceramic tile countertops, and solid surface types such as Corian. Corian used to be popular in the past, much like granite countertops can be today. Corian offers a seamless installation. Sinks and backsplashes can also be easily and seamlessly installed in Corian.

Other Inexpensive Kitchen Countertop Materials

There are also many other countertop materials that may be surprising when made into countertops, but their popularity has been increasing. Concrete countertops are becoming popular as they can be stained and dyed into a variety of color options. There are also glass countertops that can have LED lighted illumination that can brighten a kitchen.

Tiles can also be more than simply ceramic or porcelain, they can also be made of stone, which is a more affordable choice than an entire countertop made of one single slab of stone. There can be many options of stone tiles too, such as marble or granite.

It’s good to know that when you’re on a tight budget for your kitchen renovation that you can still be cost-conscious, but never have to sacrifice style and looks. You’ll want to shop smart as you search for the most attractive yet durable kitchen countertop surfaces.