Laminate countertops are generally constructed with layers of paper covered with a protective melamine resin top layer. The laminate is bonded to a solid material such as plywood or particleboard. In general, laminate is the least expensive countertop option.
There’s a lot to love about laminate countertops. Here are the main advantages.
Beautiful and Sleek
New laminate countertops can look stunning in your kitchen. There are even laminate designs that mimic natural stone like granite or quartz.
Easy to Clean
You can clean laminate counters with dish soap and water or with a standard cleaning solution. Choose a non-abrasive cleaner so you don’t scratch the seal, and avoid bleach because it can damage and discolor the surface. With a simple clean, laminate countertops are great at warding off bacteria.
Laminate is the least expensive countertop material and can save you hundreds if not thousands if you’re remodeling on a budget.
Resistant to Stains
As a water-resistant surface, you won’t need to worry too much about spills and stains with laminate countertops.
Many Styles and Colors Available
Laminate comes in hundreds of colors and patterns. You can pick exactly what you want, allowing you to match stainless steel appliances or blend with the rest of your kitchen colors.
Laminate countertops last 20 to 30 years if cared for properly. While some natural stone, such as granite countertops, can last up to 100 years, other options including marble, quartz, and concrete countertops have a similar lifespan to laminate—but cost much more.
Despite its benefits, laminate might not be the right countertop material for you.
Avoid setting hot pans and pots directly on your laminate countertops, as it could melt the surface.
More Susceptible to Damage and Dullness
Laminate tends to be more prone to show damage like scratches, dents, and nicks. It can also start to look worn if not properly cared for. Always use a cutting board to avoid damaging the surface.
Cannot Be Repaired or Resealed
While other countertop materials might be able to be sanded or repaired, it’s difficult to repair laminate countertops.
With laminate, there’s a risk of water seeping through cracks or joints and reaching the substrate underneath. If water reaches the plywood or particleboard beneath the surface, the wood is likely to absorb the moisture and warp or swell. Repairs can be time-consuming and expensive and, without addressing the issue ASAP, you’ll have uneven countertops.
When you install two pieces of laminate next to each other, you’ll have a noticeable seam. Soften the look by placing the seams in less visible areas.
Doesn’t Add Value to Your Home
If you sell your home, laminate won’t boost your home’s price. But other countertops, like granite or marble, are likely to bump up your home’s value.
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