Q: I'm starting to shop around for new countertop materials for my kitchen and bathrooms. Why should I consider laminate?
- Caroline G.
A: First, answer a question.
What are you looking for in a countertop material, something that is: a. aesthetically pleasing b. durable c. low-maintenance d. inexpensive e. all of the above
Wait, let us guess...
Isn't everyone looking for all of the above? Most materials have one or two of these attributes – it's rare to find something that's all four. Laminate is aesthetically pleasing, durable, low-maintenance and inexpensive!
Laminate used to look like, well, laminate, but now it comes in an infinite array of colors and patterns, and now mirrors trendy materials like granite, marble and hardwood (of course, you can still get some of those great retro graphic designs and solid bright colors, too!). Sculpted corners and edges make it look even more like the real thing. Meanwhile, new production technology has made laminate more durable than ever, so it's more scuff-, scratch- and wear-resistant than ever before. Best of all, it's only a fraction of the cost of other materials like granite and other engineered stones. An added bonus is that many laminates, like Wilsonart, are better for the environment than other materials, even 'natural' ones like stone.
If you're in the market for a new countertop, add laminate to your list of materials to check and see in person.