The Benefits of Laminate Benchtops
March 7, 2017
When it comes to selecting a benchtop material for your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll have a number of options to choose from. Trying to decide which one is the best for you can be tricky, but after more than 20 years in the industry, Custom Benchtops & Joinery has picked up a few useful tips that will help you decide.
Laminate benchtops come with a host of benefits, including, but not limited to affordability and aesthetic appeal. Laminate finishes have been growing in popularity over recent years, as consumers are drawn to the vast selection of colours and styles they’re available in, as well as how easy they are to clean.
What is Laminate?
Laminate benchtops are made from a layer of plastic laminate that is glued to a block of engineered wood, which can be cut to the shape and size that you need. The laminate used for benchtops is often referred to as ‘decorative laminate’ and will usually be adhered to engineered wood, such as particleboard or medium density fibreboard (MDF).
An Affordable Option
Not only is laminate a more cost-effective solution for your benchtops, when compared to other benchtop materials, you will also save money on labour, as they are quick and simple to install. They’re also cheaper to repair and replace.
Laminate is Aesthetically Pleasing
Laminate was once considered a tacky material, with strong associations to the bold interiors of the 60s and 70s. However, thanks to the advent of technology, laminate is now making a comeback and has once again found itself at the forefront of kitchen benchtop materials.
Available in a range of colours and finishes, laminate can be designed to complement the aesthetic of your home, as well as your personal taste. Laminate benchtops can be purchased in timber or stone-look styles, and a selection of varying textures, all of which will add a sense of class and sophistication to your space.
A Durable Solution
As well as being a stylish addition to your kitchen or bathroom, laminate benchtops are also a durable option, as they have an average lifespan of approximately ten years (allowing they are cared for correctly).
One of the easiest ways to ensure you get the most out of your laminate benchtop is by not applying hot saucepans or pans directly on the surface of your benchtop, as direct contact with heat can damage the laminate.
Easy to Clean and Maintain
Cleaning and maintaining your laminate surface is a simple and hassle-free process.
For general spills or marks, you’ll just need to wipe the surface with a wet cloth or general purpose cleaner, such as Ajax Spray n Wipe.
Try to avoid scrubbing the benchtop with scourers and abrasives, and when cutting food, always use a chopping board. Laminate finishes have a natural shine, so you won’t have to worry about using any waxes and polishes – it’s that easy!
If you’re building or renovating your kitchen or bathroom, Custom Benchtops & Joinery has the knowledge and expertise to make your benchtop a true focal point. Contact the team today for more information.