Kamilka Rafal. Kitchen Countertops. May 08th , 2017.
Laminate kitchen countertops first became popular in the 1950s, but they maintain a time-tested appeal in the 21st century as well.
Available for a fraction of the price of granite, stone-look, wood or metal countertops, laminate counters also have the distinct advantage of offering a cohesive, seamless look thanks to options like integrated sinks, backsplashes and more.
Even better, unlike the pricier surfaces, laminate can be replaced for a comparatively low cost. And because it can be purchased premade from big box stores, the material is also a favorite among do-it-yourselfers.
Often referred to as Formica, a popular countertop brand, laminate kitchen counters come in sheets that are cut to fit your counters. While laminate counters will have seams, a good Laminate countertops are made from layers of plastic that are bonded to particleboard or kraft paper to create a solid countertop surface. These countertops are available in a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns, ranging from options that look like marble to ones that mirror the appearance of stainless steel. The end result is a clean and finished surface that won't put a huge strain on your budget.
Because of its lightweight nature –– as opposed to heavy stone countertops –– laminate can easily be installed without professional help. This, of course, adds to its cost-efficient nature. Laminate will have to be replaced more frequently than more durable surfaces, like marble or Corian, but with the right care it can last for many years.
Laminate counters can scratch easily, so don't use them as cutting boards. Also, avoid placing hot items directly onto the countertop to prevent damage. Clean the surface with a mild soap.fabricator should have the ability to make them practically disappear into the surface.
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