Laminate is made from multiple layers of kraft paper soaked in resin to form a solid core. This is topped with a printed pattern sheet and finished with a durable melamine resin layer to protect everything below it. Heat and pressure then bond the materials together to form the finished product. The result is a 1/16 inch laminate sheet used for countertops or a 1/32 inch vertical grain sheet used for cabinet drawer faces, doors, and backsplashes.
When affixed to flat sheets of plywood or particleboard or used to create a post-formed counter, a one piece backsplash and counter, the product is easy to install in creative configurations that fit any space. Your fabricator can add an undermount sink with a special sealer that will protect the particleboard core and eliminate brown edge lines that develop on some laminates.
The Pros and Cons of Laminate Countertops
Laminate counters remain popular because they are attractive, durable, and easy to clean. On average, the installed cost is about $21.75 per square foot, with a range of $16.13 to $27.13 – a fraction of the cost of granite or other materials.
Good quality laminate has clarity of patterns and depth of color due to new printing technologies, and even comes in finishes that replicate wood or stone. Many patterns of laminate popular in the 1950s have been reissued, which makes the product an excellent choice for mid-century homes and other installations that want to capture a retro look with all the advantages of modern laminate technology.
The disadvantage of laminate is that it can burn from a hot pan, and cutting directly on the surface can leave scratch marks. The best way to coexist with and enjoy laminate countertops is to protect the surface before cutting or placing hot pans on it.
When you watch home shows on TV or read home remodeling blogs, you may pick up another disadvantage of laminate countertops, namely that they do not stand out when you are trying to sell your house. It is true that many people love to see natural stone countertops in a property they are considering, but that is an upgrade they can make later. As long as your laminate countertops are attractive and in good condition, they may not add the value that granite does, but they do not detract from the value either. The fact is that laminate countertops offer great appearance and durability as long as you treat them with care.
Install Laminate Countertops With Pride
If you are planning a kitchen remodel, don’t overlook the beauty, durability, and value of laminate countertops. Call an expert for installation on a wide range of natural stone, engineered, and laminate countertops.