Tile countertops were for many years considered a low end upgrade from laminate tops. With the mind boggling array of tile choices and more advanced tile setting materials, grouts and edge trims tile has been resurging as an upscale countertop choice.
These countertops are sporting Schluter Systems' edge trims to give them a clean timeless look.
Laminate countertops have remained the most economical choice for kitchens, and manufacturers have stepped up the offerings with a wide selection of colors and patterns as well as interesting textures and sheens. Laminate tops are the least durable of tops, though they often last for many years when well cared for. If moisture gets beneath the laminate surface the substrate will swell and warp. At that point you have two choices: replace the tops or live with it. For this reason it is important to have an experienced fabricator make your laminate tops and it's worth some extra dollars for a better substrate than your run of the mill particle board.