When remodeling a kitchen on a budget, laminate is the best affordable option for countertops. Laminate comes in a wider array of designs than ever before, from solid colors to wood looks to realistic stone patterns with a variety of finish and edge options.
What is laminate?Laminate is a synthetic material constructed with a combination of plastic and paper. Melamine-impregnated decorative surface papers are combined with phenolic-treated kraft paper and consolidated in a press at high pressures. The sheet back is sanded to maintain a uniform thickness and facilitate bonding.The laminate sheets are then bonded to particleboard, the edges are then attached to form a countertop. Our laminate countertops are built right here in our facility by our skilled craftsmen.
Recommended Care: To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. To remove difficult stains from coffee or tea, use a mild household cleaner and baking soda mixed into a paste, scrubbing with a stiff nylon bristle brush and being careful not to mar the surface finish. For best results, see laminate manufacturer use/care guides. Cookware still hot from the stove, oven or microwave, as well as electric skillets, etc. should not be placed directly on laminate surfaces. Prolonged exposure to temperatures of 140°F (60°C) or higher may damage the laminate.The use of trivets to protect laminate is recommended. Do not cut or use sharp objects directly on laminated surface to avoid scratches.
Pros to laminate countertops:Affordable, easy to care for and available in a wide variety of colors. Laminate cleans with mild soap and water and is resistant to stains, abrasions and moisture. Laminate compliments any kitchen decor with hundreds of color and pattern options, as well as, a variety of edges and finishes.
Cons to laminate countertops:Although laminate is the most affordable of countertop options it does have it's limitations... you can not place hot pans, etc. directly on the surface. Abrasive pads, scouring powders or cleaners may permanently dull and scratch the laminate surface making it suceptible to staining. Cutting boards need to be used to avoid cutting or scratching the surface. Stains or scratches in laminate usually cannot be filled or repaired.
Installation:With laminate, when purchasing new cabinets, your cabinets and countertops can be installed on the same day. There is no templating time required. If you are just replacing countertops, our fabricators will come out and template the countertop area and then fabricate your new laminate countertops for installation.