Laminate countertops are made up of paper, not plastic, and aren’t as prone to chipping and cracks. However, Laminate countertops still aren’t as long lasting as other material, such as stone and solid surfaces. Here is why:
- Easily scratched with knives.
- Household cleaners with mild abrasives can dull the surfaces
- Acidic liquids can stain
- Laminate don’t stand up to heat, such as hot pots and it can create a burn mark, which cannot be repaired.
Laminate countertop is made of these layers:
- Melamine Resin: Transparent protects everything else below it.
- The overlay or wear layer: Paper similar to the paper used to make coffee filters or tea bags. Also carries some melamine resin and aluminum oxide with it.
- Decorative Layer: This is the layer that has the color and design.
- Kraft Paper: Similar to paper in grocery bags, the Kraft paper layer forms the core of the laminate surface. This paper is hardened with resins.
Laminate countertop is put together using water base contact cement. It is your least expensive option compared to solid surface and stone.
The big names of Laminates are Formica, Wilsonart, Arborite, Pionite, and Nevamar.