Reasons why you should love laminate worktops
Laminate worktops tend to offer the best value when it comes to worktop materials. Laminate is usually made from a core material – commonly chipboard – with a printed decorative layer on top. And now thanks to advances in technology, it can mimic natural materials relatively realistically.
Why choose laminate?
Laminate is great value for money. Plus with developments in high-definition printing, it can replicate natural materials such as wood and stone for a fraction of the price. Remember that you get what you pay for, so avoid super-cheap laminates because they’ll damage more easily.
What you need to know about installation
You can cut laminate on-site; unlike stone, engineered-stone or solid-surface worktops that are made in a factory and delivered ready to fit. If you have the skills and tools to fit laminate worktops yourself, this is a great way to save money.
How to look after laminate worktops
Thanks to the fact they are non-porous, laminate countertops are very easy to maintain – simply wipe clean with a standard cleaning product. Plus, laminate doesn’t need any initial treatment, unlike wood or stone.
One thing to note with laminate worktops
Be aware that laminate isn’t resistant to heat or steam, and you can’t repair it if it’s damaged. For that reason, never place a hot pan directly on the surface, use a trivet. And always use a chopping board rather than cutting straight onto the counter.
Featured image: These sunny yellow laminate worktops add an amazing pop of colour to the kitchen of Siân of @renovatingthepinkhouse.