Pros and Cons of Laminate
Fundamentally all laminated worktops are constructed from a high-density particleboard core, onto which a sheet of paper carrying the pattern is heat-bonded using resin adhesives.
- Are waterproof but may need resealing periodically
- Come in a range of finishes from matt, through satin to gloss.
- Are easy to cut, shape and fit and keeping it clean requires minimum effort.
However, cheaper versions can look tatty after a short while, and areas like corners are prone to wear. Cutting directly onto the surface can cause damage that can't be repaired and laminates can also soak up water if not joined properly.
Care and Maintenance of Laminate
Worksurfaces with a gloss laminate finish generally require greater care than those with a texture finish. Use water and mild detergent or washing up liquid. Persistent marks can be removed using a non-abrasive cleaner. Do not place burning material, hot irons or pans straight from the cooker directly onto the surface.
Some strong chemicals and dyes and fruit juices can harm your worksurface so in the event of a spillage always mop up and rinse the area thoroughly, drying off afterwards. Always use a cutting board and do not place sharp or rough objects onto your new surface as this could cause scratching.
To view our full range of laminate worktops why not pop into our showroom, our designers will be happy to talk them through with you.