How are laminate worktops made?
Laminate worktops are made the following way. Sheets of kraft paper are mixed with resin to form a stiff brittle sheet. This sheet is called laminate. The laminate sheet is then bonded to a chipboard substrate to make a laminate worktop.
The pros of laminate worktops:
Laminate are the least expensive type of worktops available on the market costing as little as £15 a linear metre.
Laminate tops are extremely durable. Despite being cheap they are highly resistant to scratching, extreme heat & staining.
Cheap & easy to fit
Unlike natural stone that requires costly installation by specialist fabricators, laminate tops are quick & cheap to fit, requiring little more than basic DIY skills.
Wide choice of colours & finishes
They are available in literally hundreds of different colours & finishes to cater for every conceivable style preference.
Often impossible to tell apart from wood & stone
With recent advances in HD printing techniques, some laminates are so realistic at mimicking the look of wood & natural stone that it’s almost impossible to tell they are laminate.
Despite looking identical to wood, marble, granite & slate, the worktops pictured below are all laminate.
Available as thin as 12mm
Laminate worktops are available as thin as 12mm. This means you can achieve the designer look of ultra thin quartz for a fraction of the price.
Below are 12mm & 15mm laminate tops from German brands Lechner & Getalit & the new 22mm laminate from Bushboard’s Prima range.
Use with a flush fit sink for a designer look
These types of worktop can also be used with flush fit sinks. Flush fit sinks gives the seamless look of a designer kitchen without spending £1,000’s on granite or quartz worktops.
Pictured below, the Deca & Onyx flush fit sinks from Carron Phoenix & Astracast.
The cons of laminate worktops:
Must be treated with care
Although laminate is highly scratch, stain & heat resistant, like other types of worktops, its not advised to cut or place very hot pans directly on laminate. Trivets & chopping boards should always be used to protect the surface from potential damage.
Can be damaged by water ingress
Because they have a chipboard substrate, if one of the joints fail, there’s the risk that water could penetrate the joint causing the worktop to blow.
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