How To Choose Laminate Countertops

10 April 2013
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If you’re looking for the best value for money, an easy to maintain countertop and durability, then the laminate counter top is the best choice. Laminate countertops are relatively far less expensive than other countertop materials and is the most common type in modern kitchens, but choosing the best laminate countertop does require some thought.

Price is always a huge factor of any buying decision and it will usually come down to the materials used, the construction method and the amount of customisation.

The functional need of the counter top is very important. You will need to consider the daily use of the laminate countertop to determine how much wear and tear the surface would endure. Although laminate is durable, scratches are inevitable because countertops typically get heavy wear. Scratches tend to be light colored, which makes them highly visible against darker colors and virtually impossible to hide. A smart choice would be to find a pattern in that color that will help disguise scratches.

For surface finish you basically have to options: matte or glossy. Glossy finishes will accentuate scratches. Some matte finishes have a coarser surface, which may require more careful cleaning, especially if light colored.

Of course, colour choice comes down to personal taste. The main thing is to keep the theme of your kitchen and match the counter top to it. Laminate is available in a huge array of colors and patterns, which can make decision-making tough. If our 20 in-stock colours aren’t adequate, visit us at Triplast to browse a wider range of colours that can be ordered upon request.

Laminate has a lot of style, especially when it comes to countertop edges. The most common counterop profile is called “post-formed,” which means that the top is formed from a single piece of laminate that’s shaped into a backsplash at the rear and a rounded edge in front. Since it’s a single piece, it has no seams to separate and no corners to catch dirt. It’s also usually the least expensive choice.

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