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The price difference between quartz countertops and laminate

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In the next couple of weeks I will definitely have to make up my mind on kitchen countertops. Shopping around, I'm finding out that there isn't as big a difference in price between quartz (which I really want) and some of the nicer laminates. I was surprised.

Right now Lowe's is offering some of their quartz for $52.99 per square foot, and it's regularly $75.00. For our entire kitchen quartz is only about $1000 more. $1000 is a lot of money, but the difference isn't nearly what I thought it would be.

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lolakimono1372425655.75712876 PostsRegistered 3/29/2012

I just purged my 20 year old laminate kitchen. I say, if you can afford it, go for the quartz!

Qwackertoo1372425984.41310273 PostsRegistered 9/16/2006

How long does the sale last @ Lowe's? We're leaving on Sunday for a week plus trip and I really want to re-do our kitchen and think I'd prefer quartz to granite or others.

twopeas1372426212.694361 PostsRegistered 6/5/2011PNW

Get the quartz if your budget allows. Down the road you will be really happy that you did. Also, should you ever decide to sell your home, it could be a determining factor for a prospective purchaser.

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sue981372426517.9633659 PostsRegistered 7/12/2007
On 6/28/2013 Qwackertoo said:

How long does the sale last @ Lowe's? We're leaving on Sunday for a week plus trip and I really want to re-do our kitchen and think I'd prefer quartz to granite or others.

I believe the sale runs through August.

Lynneuk1372426645.9438187 PostsRegistered 11/3/2006

We got Quartz about 3 years ago and we love it. So much better than laminate and will last forever so $1000 isn't really that much when you consider the quality and longevity.

Just don't choose a wild and crazy color,lol! Something tasteful and classic.

briiii1372426865.056305 PostsRegistered 2/18/2010Chicago

I love quartz!

There are some very nice laminates, but imo quartz lasts forever.

*sigh*

Shelbelle1372427200.4334212 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

My laminate ktichen is now 13 years old, I still love it!!!

Preds1372427776.6120139 PostsRegistered 12/17/2012Wherever I land, that's where I am

We love our quartz. Almost 3 yrs old now and still beautiful. It takes a beating.

Some people should use a glue stick instead of chapstick.

I love how in scary movies the person yells out, "Hello?" As if the killer is going to be like, "Yeah, I'm in the kitchen, want a sandwich?"

bluecat21372427847.714234 PostsRegistered 1/7/2005

The cost difference isn't that great because laminates have come a long, long way. There are some very nice choices out there now.

It's just a matter of choice...

happy hous­ewife1372428005.64730555 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
SO OP - if guartz is $57.99/sq ft how much is laminate? There are laminates now that you really can't tell the difference.

When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

happy hous­ewife1372428062.84730555 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
On 6/28/2013 Shelbelle said:

My laminate ktichen is now 13 years old, I still love it!!!

Mine is 3 years old and it looks EXACTLY like marble - i love mine too .

When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

happy hous­ewife1372428064.87330555 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
On 6/28/2013 Shelbelle said:

My laminate ktichen is now 13 years old, I still love it!!!

Mine is 3 years old and it looks EXACTLY like marble - i love mine too .

When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

Qwackertoo1372428810.75310273 PostsRegistered 9/16/2006
On 6/28/2013 sue98 said:
On 6/28/2013 Qwackertoo said:

How long does the sale last @ Lowe's? We're leaving on Sunday for a week plus trip and I really want to re-do our kitchen and think I'd prefer quartz to granite or others.

I believe the sale runs through August.

Thank you. We have a few more upgrades to do, we built this house when we were expecting our first child and every time we opened our mouths, the builder went ka-ching and we could only go over budget just so much and figured to do it on things that couldn't be easily changed. A little more hardwood flooring in the bedrooms and the countertops and we'll be set until major appliances start needing replacing. ;)

happy hous­ewife1372429079.8130555 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

I just looked at the HD website - a piece of laminate 4' x 8' is $48 (that is 32 sq ft so it is $1.50 sq ft) vs $52.99 sq ft. This was a no brainer to me when we were making selections for our new home as they wanted $ 4900 for granite and I can't remember what they wanted for corian but it was high too and laminate was free. i really have no issue at all with having laminate and I like the idea that if I want to change it out in the future I can with no guilt. My kitchen is 20 x 12 and I have a lot of counter space and I am not partial to the looks of guartz or granite - though I do like the look of marble.

When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

terrier31372429349.62325312 PostsRegistered 7/13/2007
On 6/28/2013 Lynneuk said:

We got Quartz about 3 years ago and we love it. So much better than laminate and will last forever so $1000 isn't really that much when you consider the quality and longevity.

Just don't choose a wild and crazy color,lol! Something tasteful and classic.

I put in quartz a year ago and I LOVE it.

It is a style that looks just like white marble with subtle gray veining. The difference is that it is indestructible.

Candace from HGTV has been using quartz (instead of granite) for years. I followed her lead.

faeriemoon1372429585.1335934 PostsRegistered 5/13/2005
Perhaps I'm stating the obvious, but you should make your decision beyond looks. Consider how you're going to be using it, also.

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briiii1372429752.436305 PostsRegistered 2/18/2010Chicago
On 6/28/2013 terrier2 said:
On 6/28/2013 Lynneuk said:

We got Quartz about 3 years ago and we love it. So much better than laminate and will last forever so $1000 isn't really that much when you consider the quality and longevity.

Just don't choose a wild and crazy color,lol! Something tasteful and classic.

I put in quartz a year ago and I LOVE it.

It is a style that looks just like white marble with subtle gray veining. The difference is that it is indestructible.

Candace from HGTV has been using quartz (instead of granite) for years. I followed her lead.

I fell in love with the way Candace used quartz in her kitchens too.

We built an island in the kitchen. I used white quartz. My counters are green marble with white veining - they complement each other perfectly.

*sigh*

rondell1372434066.3413373 PostsRegistered 12/17/2009USA

briiii, your kitchen counters sound beautiful. Candace is my all time favorite designer! I love her creations. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

If I could afford quartz, that's where I would put my money instead of laminate. Quartz is so gorgeous and will outlast us all.

skeuomorph1372434847.4031087 PostsRegistered 2/27/2013
On 6/28/2013 happy housewife said:

I just looked at the HD website - a piece of laminate 4' x 8' is $48 (that is 32 sq ft so it is $1.50 sq ft) vs $52.99 sq ft. This was a no brainer to me when we were making selections for our new home as they wanted $ 4900 for granite and I can't remember what they wanted for corian but it was high too and laminate was free. i really have no issue at all with having laminate and I like the idea that if I want to change it out in the future I can with no guilt. My kitchen is 20 x 12 and I have a lot of counter space and I am not partial to the looks of guartz or granite - though I do like the look of marble.

I think we have a VP poster who designs kitchens for Home Depot and is an expert on this.

These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me. --Matthew 15:8-9

Local1372439174.151511 PostsRegistered 5/21/2006

A 4 x 8 sheet of laminate is just that - a sheet about 1/8" thick. It lacks structure of a countertop. You have to compare the higher end laminate countertops to the quartz price to really see the cost difference.

briiii1372443134.5376305 PostsRegistered 2/18/2010Chicago
On 6/28/2013 rondell said:

briiii, your kitchen counters sound beautiful. Candace is my all time favorite designer! I love her creations. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

If I could afford quartz, that's where I would put my money instead of laminate. Quartz is so gorgeous and will outlast us all.

Thanks, rondell.

I really wish HGTV would air her shows again. I really love what she does with a room. I take a lot of inspiration from her designs.

*sigh*

happy hous­ewife1372444412.86730555 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
On 6/28/2013 Local said:

A 4 x 8 sheet of laminate is just that - a sheet about 1/8" thick. It lacks structure of a countertop. You have to compare the higher end laminate countertops to the quartz price to really see the cost difference.

That was a high end Wilson art laminate. ALL laminate is only a 1/8 in thick and then it gets glued to a wood base.

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When faced with senseless drama, spiteful criticism or misguided opinions walking away is the best way to defend yourself.To respond with anger is an endorsement of their attitude. -Dodinsky

terrier31372445746.05725312 PostsRegistered 7/13/2007
On 6/28/2013 briiii said:
On 6/28/2013 rondell said:

briiii, your kitchen counters sound beautiful. Candace is my all time favorite designer! I love her creations. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

If I could afford quartz, that's where I would put my money instead of laminate. Quartz is so gorgeous and will outlast us all.

Thanks, rondell.

I really wish HGTV would air her shows again. I really love what she does with a room. I take a lot of inspiration from her designs.

She is making new shows now in Toronto..they will be on HGTV at some time.

Sue - I say - GO FOR IT! You use your counters every day...the extra cost of quartz is totally worth it in the long run.

violann1372453001.70312303 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004
For my kitchen, there is nothing better than Wilsonite. I live in a nice old community with a very unique combination of housing styles, from true Victorian to true mid-Century ranches with some nice newer infill homes, and the only ones that look sad are the older homes that have been ripped apart to try to pretend they're something they're not. My kitchen is TRUE early 40's- solid stone finishes, although I LOVE them, would look totally wrong. My Wilsonart is beautiful, and we have been amazed at how tough it is. We put it in "until we decide what we'd like better" and realized we love it as it is.




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JustJazzmom1372471103.9727587 PostsRegistered 11/12/2007My garden, of course!!

Quartz you can put a hot pot directly on; laminate you cannot.

No need to polish quartz as you have to do every so often with granite countertops.

Got Silastone by Dupont in the Kona Beige color about 5 years ago and love it-- the contractor

can even do back splashes in this material. Wipe clean and easy to care for with soap and

water.

☼The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. GBShaw☼

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