Laminate Countertops For Kitchens
Over several posts we aim to bring you information on all types of worktop along with the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed choice of what worktop will suit your needs and lifestyle. Today’s post We bring you information on Laminate Kitchen Worktops.
Laminate worktops are manufactured by applying multiple layers of material that are bonded to a chipboard core. The underside of the worktop has a balancing sheet applied that seals the underside of the worktop and helps to prevent excessive movement. Although man made in their assembly, laminate worktops are widely considered to be the most environmentally friendly as most of the components are natural products.
Laminate worktops are the most popular of all worktops with widespread use in the domestic kitchen market, most likely because they are the most cost effective of all worktops and because they are available in an extensive range of colours and finishes. Normally supplied in 38mm thick, they are also available up to 80mm but these do not have a solid core but are bonded to a sub-structure that resembles an egg box type construction.
Although different edge profiles are available, most commonly supplied are square edge or bull nose. Curved radius and end profiles cannot be formed on any laminate worktop that have an edge profile other than square edged. Although some suppliers can provide these ready shaped, traditionally these would be cut on site to the layout of your kitchen and then edged to protect the chipboard core and give the decorative finish. Belfast, Butler and under mount sinks cannot be used with Laminate worktops.
Laminate worktop joints are water resistant and not waterproof. Never place hot pots or pans, kettles or toasters directly over a joint and always clean up spillages straight away.
Worktop joints are formed using a traditional butt and scribe joint that are sometimes known as a Masons mitre. A moisture resistant compound is applied to each joint and these are then bolted together that when well fitted give a highly resilient joint. Sink cutouts should always be sealed prior to the sink being fitted. PVA glue will serve the purpose but most good quality kitchen fitters would prefer to use silicone, as this is far more stable.
Pro’s and Con’s of Laminate Countertops For Kitchens
- Environmentally friendly – Most of the components are natural products
- Cost effective
- Available in a vast range of colours and finishes
- Available in a range of thicknesses
- Cant do radius or shapes on corners
- cant have an under-mount sink
There we have it, hopefully we have given you some food for thought on Laminate kitchen Worktops, if you are still unsure what worktops will be best for you, I suggest you read our post “What is the best Kitchen Worktop” that will give you some questions you can ask yourself to help you decide as to which kitchen worktop will be best suited to your lifestyle and needs.
Of course, if you have any questions at all, please either contact us here or put your question in the comment section below, maybe you already have a new kitchen, if so, which kitchen worktop did you go for and are you happy with your choice? We would love to know so please put that in the comment section below, it may also help others out when deciding what worktop to go for, if they can she other peoples experiences.
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