Laminate Countertops - A Popular and Affordable Solution
Buying laminate countertops
Laminate countertops are a popular and affordable solution to all your bathroom and kitchen surfacing needs. Laminates have been around for almost a century now, having first been designed for use as electrical insulators. Plastic laminates are simply a number of decorated paper layers encased in plastic, which protects the paper from moisture. You can also buy laminate veneers, which have thin faux wood strips in between the plastic layers – giving a cheap and effective wood grain effect.
The range of colors, patterns and designs you can buy in laminate countertops is huge. Since many companies around the world produce plastic laminates, you will be able to find everything from the most subtle tints to the most outrageously heavy patterns. One of the best things about quality laminates is that they can simulate almost every other countertop surface, but at a fraction of the cost. There is granite, marble, wood and metal look-alike laminates available that are difficult to tell from the real thing except on closer inspection.
Most laminate countertops are not designed to be direct cutting surfaces. They will eventually be damaged by knives, so the use of a good chopping board is always recommended. And, although it is not recommended by most manufacturers, it is possible to paint over your laminate countertops if you get sick of the color. Just don’t expect the surface to stay intact forever and watch out for chips of paint that could attach themselves to your next meal.
Wilsonart is one of the most respected plastic laminate brands. They produce the most up-to-date solutions for all your surfacing needs in the home, be it for kitchen, bathroom, laundry and even children’s rooms. Wilsonart’s constantly evolving range of colors keeps pace with modern tastes. Their latest Oasis and Fusion range of laminates are particularly appealing, with colors and textures inspired by nature with deep non-repeating textures.