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Countertop remodeling on a budget seems like a paradoxical statement because every possible choice seems to be aimed at the higher priced end of the market.

Not if you explore beyond the obvious choices.

It is possible to find a countertop that is perfectly suited for your kitchen and does not break your bank.

One of the reasons why you don’t hear much about lesser priced countertop alternatives is because they are not marketed as aggressively as some of the other ones. But that does not mean in any way that they are not an apt choice for your Toronto home.

Let’s look at some of them.


We are not talking about the old Formica countertops of the 1940s. Newer Laminate countertops are available in a variety of gorgeous finishes which can mimic the look of almost any natural stone. Completely non-porous, these surfaces do not demand frequent sealing and can be cleaned with some water and soap. Laminate countertops are also a lot more durable than they used to be. The best part though is the price. On an average, Laminate countertops cost around $10 to $40 per square foot, including installation charges. That’s a steal when you compare the price with that of natural stone or stainless steel. So, if you wish to remodel your Toronto kitchen on a budget, consider Laminate.

Solid Surfaces

Available under a variety of brand names like Corian, Gibraltar, Swanstone and Avonite, solid surface countertops are making a roaring comeback due to the increased colour and design choices and the pocket friendly prices. Unless you are hung up on natural stone for your counters, solid surfaces have everything going right for it. Its durable, scratch resistant, does not stain easily and can mimic almost any look that you’d want. Prices range from $75-$120. But considering the low maintenance, it’s a great choice.


Ceramic tiles are making their way into kitchens in Toronto and other parts of Canada due to their extremely low maintenance and versatility. You can use it everywhere from the kitchen to the bath and it performs flawlessly, if well cared for. A skilled installer can prevent the dreaded grout that everyone seems to be complaining about. And if you stock extra boxes, you can always replace a broken one. Ceramic tiles are available in an endless number of colour and design options. Tile countertops are extremely cost effective and the prices range from $20 to $75 per installed square foot.

Recycled Glass

Last but not the least, recycled glass due to its alluring mosaic of colours is now fast overtaking more conventional choices like Marble. It’s an environmentally friendly choice that is low on maintenance and is pocket friendly too. Under LED lights, it can completely transform the look of your kitchen. Prices range from $75-$120 per sq foot.

Even if your idea is to remodel for a resale, it is completely possible to fetch a good price for your Toronto home, even if you do not have granite countertops. Opt for one of these materials and create an attractive and functional kitchen that makes life easier without compromising on the aesthetics.