Laminate countertops offer an incredible array of colors and finishes…
At Floor to Ceiling our collection of laminate countertop brands will fit your lifestyle and budget! Laminate Countertops are easily maintained, have many finishes, edgings and colors available. Let our professional designers work with you to show you all the variations and help you select the right countertop for your needs.
All About Laminate
Laminate is constructed in various thickness grades, depending on the purpose they serve. Horizontal grade is one of the thickest laminates at .039” and is designed for flat, high-impact and heavy use countertops while Vertical grade is the thinnest grade at .028” and is often used for low impact vertical installations such as backsplashes.
If the material has been molded in to a post-form backsplash, there will be no seam and the backsplash will be “rounded”. The second option is a backsplash that is built at the home site and will be set on the back of the countertop. This backsplash will have a “square” edge and a seam will be created.
You can also add a metal or texture in the backsplash for a unique and different look. There are metals and textures made for this purpose and are typically available where the material will be selected.
Sink are typically top mounted or deck mounted and can be a variety of finishes, such as stainless steel, cast iron and acrylic. Under mounted sinks are not recommended as it’s difficult to protect against water penetration. Once water penetrates the particle board base of this product, it will swell and deteriorate.
Colors & Finishes
There are virtually hundreds of colors to choose from when selecting laminate. Almost any décor can be matched which is one of the reasons laminate countertops are so popular. In addition, special finishes are available. Typically, the cost is slightly higher on the specialty finishes. The finishes include the looks of stone, wood, granite, marble and even leather.
Laminates offers a variety of edge treatments. There are two basic edges. A straight edge is simply a strip of laminate applied to the front edge of the countertop. There will be a thin seam visible in this application.
Since laminate is pliable when heated, it can be wrapped around plywood to create a rounded edge. This edge is called a post-formed edge.
There are two decorative edge treatments that are commonly used. The standard beveled edge in which solid surface or wood can contrast with the laminate. You can also use a contrasting laminate, such as a stone look, to apply to this beveled edge.
A full front edge molding allows for a limitless range of options to choose. The most commonly seen profile is called an ogee edge. This is a double curved form made up of a concave and convex half that looks like the letter S. It will appear seamless at inside corners and can be bent around a radius at the outside corners. You can stain a wood ogee to match your cabinets, or insert a solid surface edge band.
Benefits of Laminate Countertops
Good quality product at an affordable price
Ease of maintenance
Impact resistant finish
Non-porous product, resistant to bacteria
Considerations when choosing a Laminate Countertop
Choosing a countertop for your project, is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle. Take a look at some considerations before choosing Laminate as your next countertop.
You can chip laminate and while it cannot be repaired completely, it is far less expensive to replace this top than other countertop material options.
Decorative laminate patterns and colors are not consistent through the thickness of the product. Therefore, scratches can occur. Those scratches cannot be repaired.
A scorch mark will appear if you set a hot pan on your countertop.
It is possible the seams will show and dirt and bacteria can become trapped over time. If a seam is located close to a sink, the seam can become unsightly if water is allowed to soak in to the product. Keep excessive moisture away from seams.
Laminate countertops like those made from granite and engineered stone have seams where the countertop sections meet. A good fabricator can make a laminate top seam almost disappear.
Laminate is ideal in high use areas such as: Craft/Hobby rooms, Garages, Children’s rooms, Libraries, Family rooms, Cabinets, tables and Snack bars.
Laminate has been very popular for children’s rooms due to the wide variety of design options and the safety afforded by rounded custom edges on tables and countertops.
Sinks are typically top mounted or deck mounted. The sinks can be a variety of finishes, such as stainless steel, cast iron and acrylic.
Caring for your Laminate Countertop
Some care items listed below can be guidelines to help you in keeping your laminate countertop in tip top shape as long as possible!
Spills like wine or juice come off with little or no effect if cleaned early.
Soap and water work well on these tops. Or, there are over the counter products to remove more difficult stains.