Laminate is one of the most popular types of worktop, but is it the best option for you? We delve into the benefits of this material, offer maintenance tips, and look at the different styles available…
While cost is one of the main benefits of laminate worktops, they can also look like anything you’d like. Natural marble? Yes. Real wood? Of course. “Laminate can be a more budget-conscious choice to a solid surface with the added option of being manufactured to match the cabinetry for a more cohesive and uniform look,” explains Minty Glenn, senior sales designer at Kitchens International in Scotland.
“Laminate is also very versatile, it can be used on anything from table tops to back splashes, upstands and down panels. It also comes in a variety of different thicknesses – anywhere between a compact 10mm to 100mm,” continues Minty.
How are laminate worktops made?
Time to get a little nerdy and dive into how laminate is actually made. Laminate is made up of several layers, which include a melamine resin-infused decorative surface, a high-density fiberboard (HDF) core, and a protective wear layer.
The best bit? It’s an incredibly versatile material and as well as worktops, it can also be used for walls or floors.
The lifespan of laminate is lower than other worktop materials, such as marble or sintered stone, but it may still outlast your kitchen. The average kitchen will have a lifespan of around 30 years, which is the same time as laminates. While it won’t last forever, it is there for as long as you need it.
Care and maintenance tips
Laminate worktops require more care and attention than other materials. Why? Direct heat will warp or burn the surface and scratches are hard to fix. But it is sturdy enough to withstand everyday wear and tear.
And, laminate worktops are easy to clean. Just some mild dish soap and light scrubbing can remove nearly any food residue. But you need to be careful with water, because if it penetrates the material’s clear protective top layer, it could damage the imprinted image underneath. Providing you clean up after yourself, the laminate will last.
Need more cleaning tips? Here is our compete guide on maintaining every type of worktop
Laminate worktops styles
As the design is printed on to the surface, the possibilities for laminate are endless. And laminate manufactures are also quick to respond to trends, as they have the total freedom to create anything they like.
“Laminate surfaces create a luxurious look and feel in any space, without the high cost to match. Once you touch the tactility for yourself, you won’t believe that it’s made from laminate. This allows homeowners to create their ultimate dream kitchen, no matter what the budget,” explains Tamara Heller, marketing operations manager at Schmidt UK.
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