Laminate countertops are among the most commonly used because of their durability and beauty. It is versatile and although it is not devoid of shortcomings just like the more expensive countertops, laminated ones endure for a wide variety of reasons. Counter tops that are laminated are made by utilizing laminate or formed plastic on the counter surfaces that are visible to the eye. Aside from its beauty and versatility, laminates are also more affordable than other kinds of materials.
Advantage in Form
A laminate is made by installing a plastic sheet on top of a fiberboard base that has previously been formed. The form that is put into the base material is based according to the design of the countertop surface. Laminates are used in providing the attractive exterior surface of the countertop. Because of this, a laminate can be made to adapt to a wide variety of different shapes.
A laminated countertop is one of the most inexpensive and affordable for a counter that you can find on the market. Because of its inherent design, all kinds of textures and colors for the surface can be made from it. Hence a laminated countertop tends to be more versatile when it comes to appearance.
A laminated countertop is usually one of the easiest to clean of all kinds of countertops. Usually, all it takes is a soft abrasive and mild cleanser, and you will be able to remove all kinds of dirt and mark ups that adhere to the surface. If there are tough stains that cannot be removed by a mild cleanser, you can clean them off with a combination of baking soda and juice of lemon. This method is better than using rough abrasives since it will not scratch the surface. The few disadvantages of laminated countertops are also on other kinds of countertops. These cannot be avoided since countertops take its share of beating through everyday use.
Although popular and inexpensive, laminates do not have properties such as those of granite when it comes to scratches. Usually when a granite top is scratched, you can take it out by buffing. Cuts on a laminate on the other hand have the tendency to stay. Avoid having such cuts and scratches on your laminated countertop by using cutting boards when using sharp tools. Generally all direct contacts with sharp surfaces should be avoided.
Because laminates are made of plastic materials, they are very vulnerable to scorches and burns. Once it happens, it is almost impossible to take them off. Hence, always make use of hot pads and plates if you are working with something hot on the countertop. Never put hot kitchen implements on top of a laminated countertop directly.
When installing laminates, bear in mind that the material will show seams easily, especially along the edges of the countertop. You can turn this to your advantage by ensuring the quality of the installation, since the seams will look pretty in a well laminated countertop. However, if a sloppy job has been done, the seams will look evidently out of place.