Get to know more about Laminate

December 23, 2018

Get to know more about Laminate

Laminate countertops are definitely a good option!

Laminate countertops have been around for a long time. Human nature is to focus on what’s new and shiny rather than what you’ve come to know and love. But laminate surfaces should not be overlooked when considering countertop options for your next project.

The big advantages to laminate are that there are literally hundreds of designs to choose from, with more getting released every year. And with advances in technologies, today’s laminates are more true-to-life, more durable, and more scratch resistant than ever before. Also, the moisture fears with laminate are a bit overstated.

If you’re careful not to get any water in the seams, and you clean off the water quickly, you shouldn’t have any issues.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about laminate surfaces to give you a (re) education on the benefits and drawbacks of this tried and true surface.

1. What exactly is laminate?

Laminate is a handy material made from layers of paper that are tightly pressed together to form a thin, rigid sheet that is fairly easy to work with.

This sheet is then glued to a wood substrate typically for countertops. It is a low-maintenance, inexpensive choice for a kitchen countertop.

2. What should I do if my laminate countertop gets damaged?

Keep in mind that even though laminate countertops are stain resistant and scratch resistant, they cannot be repaired if they get chips, cracks, burns, water damage, or impact damage, so you may wish to replace them if any of these incidences occur.

Maintain your countertop by cleaning it regularly, just like any other countertop.

You can also contact one of our 16 retail locations across Canada and USA and call for help!

3. Can I have an under-mount sink in Laminate Countertops?

With the use of an attached solid surface ring, select sinks can be under-mounted to laminate countertops with an accent.

If you are looking for a seamless solution, your best option would be to purchase a Karran Edge Series sink which can be mounted directly to the laminate for that seamless look.

4. Will I have seams in my Laminate Countertops?

Depending on the size and shape of your countertops a seam may be inevitable.

Corner seams in post-form countertops are most common, as it is easier to hide and in most cases is far from the sink and other plumbed fixtures.

If you have a corner sink, the flat-lay laminate is the best option to keep seams far from water run-off.

5. Are there different types of laminate countertops to choose from?

We have two collections of laminate countertops at FLOFORM: the Post-Form Collection that can actually be heated and bent to create backsplashes and wrapped front profiles, and the Custom Collection ­— also known as Flat Lay, allowing for all kinds of custom shapes and sizes (only with attached backsplashes, however).

 

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You can get laminate to look like the finest materials and we are proud to be distributors of the top leading brands in our industry.

So don’t hesitate to put laminate in your house and it will definitely look great.

And don’t forget, in order to make the most of your kitchen, bathroom, and budget, schedule a Free In-Home appointment with one of our professional design consultants:

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