Laminate countertops are a great, inexpensive option in comparison to other countertop surfaces. There are over one thousand different laminates available. With the popularity of granite countertops and quartz countertops, laminate manufacturers have created laminates that look just like stone. Some even have a slightly pitted finish to resemble the feel of granite. A formed backsplash is available on laminate counters, but the popular trend at this time, is without a back and a tiled backsplash is put on the wall after the counter is installed.
Laminates are known for their extended durability because they can take a lot of wear and tear. For a little extra money, a special finish in on a variety of colors to make them more scuff and stain resistant.
Laminate is easy to clean with a simple wipe down of non-abrasive soaps and water, and is considered the most budget-friendly option for countertops.