As we continue our exploration of potential materials for your home’s counter tops, it’s important not to overlook laminate. Laminate is one of the most popular materials used for kitchen and bathroom counter tops. In this article, we’ll take a look at why so many people choose to have it installed in their homes.
One reason why laminate is so popular is due to its pricing. Laminate is usually the least-expensive option out of all potential counter top materials. This makes it affordable for all homeowners, no matter their budget.
The other big reason that laminate is a common choice is because there are so many options available. Laminate comes is a wide variety of colors and styles – including the ability to replicate the look of natural stone or wood. And while with natural stone you have to be content with the look of the product that comes out of the quarry, laminate is constructed so that the look you see on the sample chip is the look that will be installed in your home.
Laminate also wins big in the maintenance category. With kitchen counter tops, one of the biggest concerns is sanitation. Since food and other materials can leave bacteria on the counter top, it is important that the area can easily be kept clean. Laminate is a non-porous surface, which means that the bacteria are not likely to travel down and be trapped in the surface. It also means that, unlike with natural stone, laminate counter tops do not need to be sealed. Laminate counter tops can be cleaned with a soft cloth and gentle cleanser. In the case of a mess or a spill, laminate can be easily wiped clean.
While durable, laminate counter tops are not as hard as natural stone. Because of this, it’s important to lay down protective layers whenever you are using hot pots and pans or sharp objects such as knives. Trivets, hot pads, and cutting boards should all be used regularly in order to prevent scorch marks or scratches. Laminate is also much easier (and less expensive!) to replace when serious damage happens to the surface.
If you are considering replacing your counter tops, consider laminate. It might be the material that best fits within your home, lifestyle, and budget.