Laminate Countertops

Laminate 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.

Laminate vs. Other Materials:

Laminate is distinctly different from other types of countertop materials:

  • Solid Surface vs. Laminate – If the laminate is ever confused with another countertop substance, it’s usually what we call solid surface. Solid surface (i.e., Corian, etc.) is solid all the way through. Laminate is typically cheaper than the solid surface and somewhat easier to fabricate.  Between the two, I would choose solid surface.Laminate
  • Quartz vs. Laminate – Stone can be either slab of natural stone or quartz (engineered stone made from stone particles bound by adhesives into slabs). In either case, the stone is solid all the way through, unlike laminate with its particleboard base. Stone is vastly more expensive than laminate and is difficult to fabricate and install.  Between quartz and laminate, I would choose quartz.  Between natural stone and laminate, it’s a toss-up, as I do not relish maintaining my countertops by regularly sealing them.
  • Tile vs. Laminate – Tile, either ceramic or stone, is a little like laminate in that it is a thin layer installed on a wood base. The difference is that tile’s base will usually by plywood, whereas laminate’s base is particleboard. Tile counters are comparable to laminate in cost.  The main downside of tile counters is the huge number of seams.  Between tile and laminate, I would choose laminate.

 

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