When it’s time to replace your cracking, mildew-laced old-school countertop, you have a lot of choices. Making your choice on the basis of functionality, aesthetics, maintenance and cost will help. Here is an overview of one of the most popular types of bathroom countertop materials —the laminate countertop.
The cost of a custom laminate countertop is between $7 and $30 per square foot depending on the color and style, or $40-$65 if you want to have it professionally installed. Sheet laminate, on the other hand, costs $30-$150 per sheet depending on the size, color and style. Get a price quote for a breakdown of installation costs.
The durability of laminate bathroom countertops depends on the wear and tear that your space receives. They are relatively scratch-resistant but will chip easily. In addition, laminate can be damaged by heavy moisture, e.g. standing pools of water. Proper maintenance is essential for the longevity of your laminate countertops.
If you want to keep your laminate countertops looking great for years to come, it’s important to clean them regularly. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or materials (steel wool, etc.) that can damage the surface of the countertop. Wipe them down with a soft sponge or cloth and soap, making sure to dry the surface afterwards.
Laminate countertops are essentially a large piece of laminated plastic glued to a base. The base material usually consists of particleboard or plywood.
Laminate was first created in the early 1900s by a group of engineers from the Westinghouse Company. The group later left and joined the Formica Company, where they began using the material for electronic devices. It wasn’t until after WWII that laminate was used for countertops.
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