Laminate kitchen countertops have been around for over fifty years. Throughout that time, their popularity ebbed and flowed. This is because of the development of new countertop surfaces.
Laminate kitchen countertops have made a comeback in popularity in recent years due to more advanced manufacturing processes and an increase in stylish designs and appearances. Laminate is also typically the least expensive type of countertop.
A common misconception is that laminate is made out of plastic. Although, this is not the case. Laminate countertops are made up of thick paper, particleboard, colored pigments, and resin. During manufacturing, these materials are bonded together using high heat and intense pressure. This forms a solid, nonporous surface.
Because they are man-made products, laminate countertops come in a nearly limitless selection of colors, textures, and finishes. Laminate is also able to mimic the appearance of other materials – including stone, metal, and wood.
Laminate countertops are very durable, but they are not completely indestructible. While a wear-resistant surface treatment helps prolong the life of the countertop, the laminate can scratch or chip. The colors can also fade from too much exposure to sunlight or UV light. Laminate is also not tolerant to high heat or the caustic chemicals that are in some cleaners. That being said, laminate countertops are easy to clean and maintain.
If you’re looking to replace your kitchen countertops — or remodel your entire kitchen — contact us today for you free estimate. Shakespeare Home Improvement Co. is Lancaster County’s premier kitchen remodeling company. We work along with Starmark Cabinetry and local countertop companies to bring you the kitchen of your dreams.
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