the benefits of laminate countertops

Posted on 07/31/2014 04:33 PM, by Gold Seal Cabinets & Countertops

                When it comes to replacing countertops in a kitchen, bathroom, or other room of a home, many homeowners prefer natural stone, yet there are several key benefits to laminate countertops.  There is a perception among homeowners that laminate is inferior because it is more affordable but the inherent qualities of laminate materials give it some advantages over natural stone countertops.  In addition to being more affordable, laminate countertops also exhibit excellent durability which makes them easy to maintain and they have many versatile design options.  Gold Seal Cabinets and Countertops installs laminate and solid surface countertops in homes and commercial settings and they fabricate their countertops in their own onsite factory.

                Laminate countertops are composed of several layers of paper and melamine resin that are fused together using heat and pressure.   The thickness of the laminate is what determines its value and durability and adding edge treatments could increase the value even more.  Even though natural stone options such as granite have continued to be the more desirable option, laminate countertops have greatly improved in quality and appearance over the years and even come in styles that mimic other materials and textures such as wood, metal, and different natural stones.  The following are the main advantages of laminate countertops.

  • Price: Laminate is one of the most inexpensive options for countertops available as it costs less on average than ceramic tile, solid surface countertops, granite, and marble.  It can also be replaced for much less than a natural stone countertop.
  • Durability: Laminate countertops can be quite durable as they are resistant to heat and the surface is nonporous so it does not absorb spills or bacteria which makes it stain resistant as well.  However, the surface can scratch easily so it is important to always use a cutting board.
  • Versatile Design and Color Options: The color and pattern options for laminate countertops are virtually endless which makes them suitable for a wide range of applications.  The different colors available can fit any existing décor and they are also available in patterns that mimic textures including natural stone, wood, and rusted metal. 
  • Edge Treatments: Laminate countertops used to have an unsightly dark line at every edge but they now have several edge treatment options available that have replaced this line.  The decorative edge treatment styles available generally include bevel, ogee, bullnose, and others. 
  • Maintenance: Much of the required maintenance of laminate countertops is preventative because sharp objects and abrasive cleaners can damage the surface.  Keeping the countertop protected from these objects and cleaning it regularly with mild cleaners and water can help it last for up to 20 years.

 

If you are replacing the countertops in your kitchen or bathroom and want a reliable yet affordable option, you should consider laminate countertops.  In addition to being affordable, laminate countertops are also versatile, simple to maintain, and durable if they are maintained properly.  Gold Seal Cabinets and Countertops fabricates and installs laminate countertops for commercial and residential settings with a range of edge treatment options available.  Their staff will perform onsite measurements for each product and deliver and install the fabricated countertops.  Contact Gold Seal to learn more about their countertop products and installation services.  

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