Monday, October 15, 2012

Laminate Countertops Overview

Courtesy of RSW Surfaces Countertop Guide

For the budget-conscious buyer, laminate surfaces offer an attractive, low-maintenance, affordable alternative to stone and solid surfaces without sacrificing style and appearance.  Today, laminate surfacing is second-to-none with amazing earth-tone colors, textures and patterns that are warm to the touch and feature the widest array of choices of any surfacing material.

Laminate surfaces are famous for easy care, and are highly resistant to stains and wear and tear.  Whatever pattern and color you choose, there's a laminate surface that will fit your decor at a price you can afford.

Laminate Summary:

General Care:  Warm water and mild soap

Pros:
  • Inexpensive
  • Extensive array of styles, colors and patterns
  • Durable and functional
  • Easy care, cleaning and disinfecting
  • Perfect for active households with children
  • Liquid resistant and maintenance-free
Cons:
  • Can chip
  • Laminate substrate is typically particle board
  • Laminate can separate from substrate if not properly bonded
  • Visble seams
  • Fair heat tolerance
  • Can melt and burn under extreme heat
  • Can fade in direct sunlight
Beware of:  Substrate and seam separation

Sealing Needed:                 No
Polishing Needed:              No
Stain Resistance:               Very Good
Heat Resistance:                Fair
Scratch Resistance:           Very Good
Bacteria Resistance:          Good
Mold/Mildew Resistance: Very Good
Impact Resistance:            Very Good
Chemical Resistance:        Very Good
Durability:                         Very Good
Porosity:                             Non Porous
Fabrication Versatility:    Excellent
Functionality:                    Very Good
Repairability:                    Good
Cleanability:                      Excellent
Visible Seams:                  Yes, consult with installer
Green Sustainability:       No

Composition:  Made of several layers of Kraft paper bonded together with plastic resins, under heat and very high pressure.  The topmost layer of resin-impregnated paper is colored and/or patterned.


Cabinet-S-Top, 1977 Medina Road, Medina, OH  44256 ~ 330-239-3630


1 comment:

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