Laminate countertops have come a long way from the typical ones we often think of. These countertops are made from layers of plastic that are bonded to particleboard or kraft paper to create a strong solid countertop surface. The end result is a clean and finished surface that can imitate more expensive counters like granite or marble.
Laminate counters are lightweight in nature making them easy to install. Heavier stone countertops made of granite are much more difficult and expensive to place in kitchens. A laminate counter can be installed without the need for professional help. One of the big pros to a laminate counter is of course the price point. Although it may need to be replaced more often than a marble surface, with the right care it can last for many years.
One of the drawbacks of laminate is the durability. These counters can easily scratch so you don’t want to use any sharp knives directly on them. Hot items such as pots can also cause damage. Laminate is more susceptible to chipping and burns unlike a granite counter would be. Another thing to look out for is delamination. Water damage is difficult to repair and in most cases will call for the entire countertop to be replaced. Overall, these counters will have a shorter lifespan compared to stone, stainless steel or concrete.
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