One of the appeals of a fully built-out laundry room is countertop space. If you have ever sorted and folded clothes on beds, tables, and other makeshift areas, you will know the convenience of a large, smooth surface dedicated to only one thing: clothing. But which countertop material is best for your laundry room?
|Laminate||Smooth surface, good for folding||May chip||Low cost|
|Solid Surface||Smooth but not for ironing||Can melt||Mid-range cost|
|Tile||Not smooth; has seams||Heat-proof||Lowest cost|
|Quartz||Flat, smooth||Heat-proof||Highest cost|
|Wood||Smooth if finished; grainy if not finished||Can splinter, chip||Low cost|
Smooth and mostly seamless, laminate countertops work well for sorting and folding clothing. The only seams you will encounter with laminate countertops is where the counters make a 90-degree turn.
Laminate on countertops can chip, peel, and flake. Never cut directly on the laminate. Hot irons may singe the laminate.
Laminate countertops are available in a wide range of colors and finishes, from solids to faux stone. Premium, designer-grade laminate has sharper graphics.
For the budget-sensitive laundry room remodel, laminate countertops are a wise choice. Laminate can be one of the least expensive countertop material.
Laminate countertops have a limited lifespan, especially with hard use. Colors may fade. Expect to change out your laminate counters at least once with moderate use.
Work well for sorting and folding
Can chip, peel, and flake easily
Hot irons can singe the material
Solid Surface Countertops
With smooth surfaces and invisible, flat seams, solid surface countertops provide a reliable space for most clothing operations, except ironing.
Solid surface is made from polyester or acrylic. Acrylic countertops can be damaged by solvents such as glues, ketones, acetones, and thinners. Solid surface scratches relatively easily, but scratches can be sanded out with fine-grit sandpaper. Hot irons may melt solid surface materials.
Solid surface comes in a wide range of solid colors or stone looks. While solid surface's faux stone does not have the depth of quartz countertops, still it is reasonably attractive and home buyers tend to covet solid surfaces.
Solid surface is a moderately priced countertop material. Rarely is solid surface installed by the homeowner, so labor costs must be figured into the total price.
Solid surface materials last long, and scratches can be sanded down numerous times, extending the lifespan of solid surface.
Can be fixed with sandpaper
Comes in a wide range of solid colors or stone looks
Can be easily damaged by glues, irons, scratches
Can be expensive with labor costs
Ceramic Tile Countertops
Some homeowners may find ceramic tile countertops' numerous seams and grouting annoying when dealing with clothing. However, as long as you are doing nothing that requires a perfectly smooth surface, ceramic tile can provide an adequate surface.
Ceramic tile is durable, especially with hot irons. But ceramic tile also will easily crack or chip.
While ceramic tile counters are utilitarian, they have limited aesthetic value for many homeowners.
Ceramic tile is one of the cheapest laundry room countertop materials, particularly since do-it-yourselfers can install their own tile countertops.
Well-maintained ceramic tile countertops can last for decades. Do not store heavy items like large containers of laundry detergent or irons in cabinets above tile countertops.
Durable with hot irons
One of the cheapest options
Can last for decades if well-maintained
Can easily crack or chip
Limited aesthetic value
Quartz/Engineered Stone Countertops
Quartz, or engineered, stone countertops are excellent for working with clothing. This material is flat, smooth, and seam-free.
Quartz countertops are highly durable. Even though they are created from engineered stone, they behave much like natural stone—and with the durability of natural stone.
Lush, sleek, and displaying unparalleled visual depth, quartz countertops are highly desired by new home buyers.
All factors about quartz countertops make them perfect for laundry rooms except for one thing—price. Quartz is one of the highest-priced countertop materials, except for outliers like stainless steel and custom concrete.
Expect your well-maintained laundry room quartz countertop to last for more than 25 years. Quartz countertops typically come with long limited warranties.
Highly durable and can last decades
Excellent flat surface for working with clothes
High aesthetic value
Difficult to install yourself
Wood countertops are flat and seam-free. Raw, natural wood that is untreated is not smooth and makes folding operations difficult. For this reason and for moisture protection, always seal your wood countertops. If wood is left unsealed, it can become grainy. Heat and steam will adversely affect wood countertops.
Wood is durable, though it can burn if a hot iron is placed on it.
Depending on the type of wood you choose, its looks can range from functional to stunning.
Wood countertops are usually moderately priced. Since wood countertops can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, labor costs are eliminated if you go that route.
As long as they are kept sealed and dry, wood countertops will last for decades.
Flat and seam-free
Dynamic aesthetic value
Natural or untreated wood can make folding difficult
Can be seared or burned with a hot iron
Which Countertop Should You Buy?
For laundry room countertops, laminate and solid surface materials strike a perfect balance—looks, durability, availability, longevity, and especially, economical pricing.
Unless you own a premium home that demands the highest grade of all materials—namely, quartz countertops—laminate and solid surface will work for a majority of laundry room countertops.