Laminate countertops have been in the industry since the late 1940s, offering a cost-effective and stylish solution to homeowners. Laminates come in numerous design options and styles, which allow you to build the countertop in the most stylish way possible. Even though the use of laminates diminished to some extent when natural stone countertops emerged as a durable solution for kitchens, laminate is growing in popularity as an affordable alternative these days. Below is a quick look at laminate countertops, which will help you to make an informed decision for your custom kitchen renovations.
Laminate Kitchen Countertops
The laminate countertop material is built by processing plastic phenolic resins onto the layers of brown kraft paper and adding a decorative print layer over it. A wear layer, as well as a transparent melamine resin, is also applied on top to protect the material from the usual kitchen abuse. In the case of high-pressure laminates, cellulose layers are injected into the plastic resins and then it is solidified under heat and pressure. This makes the final product stronger and more resistant to heat and scratching.
You can also get laminate kitchen countertops in numerous different patterns, colors, and textures. The modern printing technology gives more depth and realism to laminate materials, which was earlier limited to faux stone and wood grain patterns and styles only. This makes laminate kitchen countertops a flexible and versatile option.
Generally, laminate kitchen countertops are very affordable and cost anywhere around $25 – $30 per square foot. The prices, however, can vary significantly depending on the color, style, and pattern you choose. In any case, it will be much cheaper than going for other common kitchen countertop materials like granite and quartz. Apart from the kitchen, laminate countertops can be a suitable option for bathrooms and recreation areas as well.
Laminate countertops are very easy to clean and maintain as well. As they are made from plastic resins, your kitchen countertop will not attract stains at all. You can clean it easily with a soap and water solution as well. However, you should ensure not to use any abrasive cleaners on laminate countertops because that can scratch its surface.
A drawback of laminates is that the material can break into layers if water seeps through the seams. It can be very difficult to repair such damaged surfaces as well, and you may have to replace the entire countertop if serious damages have happened. However, you can easily get it done with the help of a professional home remodeling services provider.
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