The Pros And Cons Of Laminate Countertops

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Laminate Countertops are most commonly used for their long life and aesthetic qualities. It’s a very inexpensive way to give you kitchen a nice finish. Laminate is typically formed by laying plastic on the surface of the counter that’s visible to the eye. This not only makes laminate a very inexpensive option, it also gives your kitchen the beauty and versatility it deserves. Here are some pros and cons on why you should consider laminated countertops the next time you’re working on your kitchen.

Pros

Easy to build

Laminate is created by placing a sheet of plastic on top of a fiber base on your counter top. The base and the laminate is custom made to fit almost every counter and if you can’t find any that fits yours, you can always have one built for you. It’s that easy.

Affordable and Efficient

A laminated counter top is the most affordable options for your counter on the market. It’s designed to not just fit any counter top but also to display a myriad of textures and colors on it’s surface ensuring that you can find one that fits your kitchen. Laminate is the only counter top option that comes with this much versatility making it the go to option for most builders.

Easy to install, Easy to Maintain

Laminated countertops are a breeze when it comes to maintenance. All it needs is a mild cleanser and you can remove most stains. There are very few stains that get permanently edged into laminated countertops and because of this, it can take it’s share of a beating in any kitchen.

Cons

Not scratch proof

Laminate can be very popular, however it doesn’t have the same qualities of a higher end solution such as granite. Usually when you get a scratch in granite, you can just buff it away. However any scratches on laminate are there for good. You can avoid this by using cutting board and not use any sharp objects directly on the surface.

Not burn proof

You have to remember that laminated countertops are done with plastic and therefore do not hold up to heat. Typically burns are impossible to remove from laminate and therefore should be avoided as much as possible. Never put hot items on the laminate directly, but rather use hot pads.

There are only some of the options available for your kitchen renovation. I suggest doing your research on what you can do and go from there. There are pro’s and con’s to every material so choose wisely.

S. Thomas is a former landlord and super of an apartment complex who now shares his tips for home improvement as a consultant with companies that provide Atlanta home remodeling services.

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