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High Pressure Laminates



Looking for an inexpensive alternative to natural wood cabinets? High-pressure laminate has been a popular choice for decades due to its durability and array of color options. Here are the facts.

Costs

Since laminates are at the lower end of cabinet materials, expect to pay $50 to $75 per linear foot. High-pressure laminates will be at the higher end of this scale since they are considered more durable and longer-lasting.

Pros

Easy day-to-day maintenance and water-resistance.

Wide range of colors and patterns with high-pressure laminates.

High-pressure laminate cabinets are made to be dent-resistant, so they’re great for kitchens that see a lot of use.

Cons

Although they are more durable than low-pressure laminates, high-pressure laminates tend to chip and crack more easily.

Many people are turned off by laminate cabinets because of their inexpensive look.

On the low end of the kitchen cabinet refacing spectrum, laminates are not always put together to last.

Durability

While high-pressure laminates are more durable than low-pressure types, they are not as sturdy as natural wood cabinetry. In addition, they are often joined together by staples, which might lead to repairs down the road. However, when it comes to dent- and impact-resistance, high-pressure laminates are excellent.

Maintenance

Upkeep is minimal. Wipe your cabinets down regularly with a liquid cleaner and warm water for best results.

History

High-pressure laminates were first used on kitchen countertops in the U.S. after WWII, and then gained popularity as a cabinet material in the 1970s. Since then, they have been widely replaced in favor of natural wood.

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