Published at Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 02:58:36 AM. Laminate countertops. By AMY ARYANA.
There is a wide range in the color, texture and pattern of laminate counter tops available today. They usually resemble the natural and authentic stones available today like granite, marble, quartz and slate. The popular designs for laminate counter tops are wood grains and stone look. The popular colors of laminate counter tops are blue, black, gray, cream, beige and white. There are also modern and innovate colors in the range today in addition to classic patterns and retro colors. It is better to use retro colors like atomic orange and aqua boomerang if you have a retro theme in your kitchen.
So why are laminate countertops making a resurgence? Here are but a few reasons: Price - Coming in at $40 or less per square foot - most of them hover in $10- $15 range- installed, it offers a significant savings over other materials. Durability - While they might not last for centuries like some of the natural surfaces, laminate can last for a number of years. Change-ability - When you have granite, marble or other stone counters, it is difficult and pricey to swap them out should you get tired of them or they become damaged. Laminate lends itself to easy updates, repairs or even created a look just your own. Attractiveness- Old school laminate was rarely truly eye catching. The sheets all looked similar and the colors did not look natural. Today the colors are richer, available in wider range of colors and can now be installed with the same beautiful edgework that natural stone has. Installation - Of all the countertop choices, this is one of the simplest and quickest to install in fact, the process is simple enough that many people opt to do it as a DIY project. Better yet, you don't have to remove the existing laminate cover, if you wish to install a new look directly on top of an old surface. Maintenance - No fancy cleaners needed! Just a damp cloth and some basic cleaner is all you need.
The most common option for kitchen counter tops today is laminate counter tops. These counter tops are made from several layers of synthetic materials of Kraft paper materials, melamine plastic coatings and decorative paper. The reason people choose laminate counter tops for their kitchen counter tops is because they are the least expensive of the countertops and come in a wide range of colors and patterns.
These Laminate tops come in additional colors and patterns than any other type of counters top. No matter how exceptional your decor is you can find laminate counters to match. If you wish for the look of stone or hardwood, granite, there is a counter top that can satisfy you. You will predominantly feel affection for laminate tops if you do a lot of amusing.
The cleanup and maintenance of this surface is also perfect. They are easy to spotless but don't use abrasives. Any type of gentle soap and a dish cloth or paper towel should do the trick. If you have a hard stain, you can use baking soda and a soft household cleaning. You should swipe the area with a nylon bristle brush and you can use bleach also, but using in excess of bleach can discolor your counter tops. Laminate counter tops are nonporous and they do not need to be sealed like stone countertops.
In times past, choosing a countertop for your home was a fairly straightforward process as the choices were limited. Today's homeowner, however, faces numerous choices and will need to spend some time determining what will best suit their needs, style, and most importantly, budget. But what might come as a surprise to many is that the laminate countertops of old, are still available, but advancements in technology and design have made them a more practical choice than ever. For many, the thought of laminate countertops is unwelcomed as they think of those boring and cheap looking countertops of their childhood. In fact, a study found by the National Builders Association found that only 25% of first time home buyers would consider a home with laminate countertops. Why? Because what comes to mind are the worn-out colors and appearance of the 70s and 80s kitchen! However, like many other things within the home countertops have come along way - especially in regards to laminate.
Laminate tops are robust and easy to maintain. They can last for 20 years or more, if well cared for and some manufacturers of laminate counters offer a 40 year warranty on their product. Maintenance is the key to maintaining quality laminate. Laminate can be effortlessly spoiled and scuffed, so do not cut or put anything hot directly on its surfaces. One alternative to lighten this problem is to locate some tiles or heat-resistant materials into a laminate countertop, in particular near the oven or stove.