A staple of post war homes in the 1950's, Laminate countertops haven't gone anywhere, they've only gotten better. These smooth surfaces are offered at a budget point which makes this non porous surface available to all. Available in all colors and styles, laminate has something to offer everyone.
What are laminate countertops?
Over the years laminate has come a long way. These countertops are made with layers of plastic adhered to a particle board or plywood. Laminate counters are available in any color or texture. Originally made with toxic materials, they are now getting on board with the green trend. Some laminates are now certified Greenguard.
Due to the nature of plastic composites, laminate counters are not as durable as stone options. The non porous nature means laminate won't stain. However, they can scratch, crack and are not heat resistant. The plus side to this: they are cheap and light enough to replace as often as you like. Even if you just want a different style.
Colors and Patterns
As a manufactured product, laminate counters can be made to match any style or texture. Looking for that elegant marble look but don't have the room in your budget? Laminate counters to the rescue. Whether you are looking for perfect white or granite look-a-like laminate can do it. Today, there are even styles that mimic wood coloring and patterns. Because laminates are so thin, it's important to plan for edge details to avoid that telltale brown line at the counter's edge. Options include:
Profiled edge: Laminates have advanced to now have beveled, ogee and bullnose edge profiles, which vary by manufacturer.
Edge band: These thick and dense veneers are adhered to the cabinet edge and are made for abuse. Choose ABS plastic edge bands over PVC whenever possible, as ABS is recyclable and chlorine free.
Metal edge: Go retro with this detail that harks back to the 1950s; a metal edge is fastened to the edge of the counter. Neatniks might think twice about this crumb-catching detail.
Exposed plywood:Some modern designs showcase the thin laminate veneer and adhere it to premium plywood, leaving the thin veneer edge and plies exposed.
Cleaning & Maintenance
These counters are the meaning of low maintenance. Non-porous means they don't stain and won't absorb your messes. Soap and water will take care of your day to day spills. Serious messes can be handled with non abrasive household cleaners.
Not as durable
Easy to clean
Can scratch or crack
Not heat resistant
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