Laminate countertops have withstood the test of time and remain a very popular choice for Raleigh countertops. If you have not looked at laminate countertops recently, it may be time to take another look at laminate as a great cost-effective alternative to some of the more expensive countertop options out there. Many of the new laminates now available offer nearly the same great appearance as the more expensive countertop materials at a fraction of the price. We carry the brands of laminate that you know and trust, including Formica laminate and Wilsonart laminate. The dizzying array of available colors can be viewed under the “Products/Brands” section of this site.
Laminate countertops are made from plywood or particleboard that is covered with colored treated high pressure plastic that is bonded to the base. There are two types of laminate countertops. One is called “Postform”, which comes in full slabs direct from the factory with a pre-built edge and usually an integrated backsplash. The other type of laminate countertop is called “custom”. Custom laminate tops are generally built from scratch and have a square, beveled, or wood edge. Custom tops are generally used for unusual countertop layouts or for odd-sized tops. Postform is usually used for straight-forward countertop deisgns and layouts.
Laminate is available in hundreds of colors and a variety of patterns, textures, and finishes. If you prefer a more modern look, laminate countertops can also be crafted to simulate the look of stone and wood. Laminate countertops also offer a large variety of edge profiles. With these options, you can obtain the stylish appearance of natural stone countertops while having the benefit of a low-cost investment.
One very nice aspect of laminate countertops is that seams are often not visible. Laminate surfacing techniques have made seams very discreet, even hard to find sometimes. Our expert installers can install a laminate countertop in your home with a seam you will be hard-pressed to find. You can get a look that you love for a fraction of the price!
Typical laminate countertops are now much more durable than they used to be. Even though laminate tops are somewhat resistant to scratches and heat, deep cuts and scorching can still be damaging to laminate surfaces.
When you are preparing food or need to use sharp utensils, be sure to use a cutting board or other protective surface. Never set a hot pan on your laminate countertop. If it isn’t cool enough to handle, you should not set it directly on the countertop surface. Always use a hot-pad to be safe. If your laminate countertop does need to be repaired by a professional, it will only take a morning or afternoon.
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