Laminate Counters in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, & Pennsylvania
Are you looking for opulent laminate counters in the Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington DC ares? Continue reading to learn more about what a laminate countertop can do for your home in the Baltimore, Alexandria, DC or Philadelphia metro areas.
Laminate Counters are the most popular countertops material available on the market today. Not only are they a lost cost and reliable option, they come in a seemingly limitless amount of colors as well as designs.
NEW from Formica is 180fx. This breakthrough in laminate counter technology is unlike the laminate from the past. The old laminate countertops had to repeat their patterns every 18 inches. Formica’s 180fx has a pattern that spans 5 feet wide! Now your kitchen can have the granite countertop look at a fraction of the cost. Laminate counters are extremely easy to clean, and require very little maintenance. For those who are on a tight budget, the choice of laminate counters is a very economical decision. Laminate counters offer an endless plethora of colors, designs, patterns and finishes, while also maintaining an extremely high quality. Laminate countertops have a great cost to durability ratio. One of the few drawbacks of laminate is that it, unfortunately, lacks the overall beauty found only in natural stone. Overall though, it is a very strong choice when choosing countertops.
Laminate is made of a synthetic material in several layers of craft paper. Craft paper is similar to the material that grocery bags are made out of. Solid-color laminates are slightly more expensive versions of laminate counters. These are made of a solid-colored plastic and they do not have particularly dark edges.
Laminate Counters Cost: $5 -$20 per square foot.
Weighing the Options
|LAMINATE COUNTERS PROS||LAMINATE COUNTERS CONS|
|Limitless variety of color and design.||The multiple layers make it difficult to repair chips and scratches.|
|Can replicate the look of granite, solid surface, hardwood, among others, providing a more upscale look at a cheaper price.||Layers can break apart due to hot items and water seeping into the seams.|
|Requires easy upkeep, and is easy to clean up.||Requires use of cutting boards.|
|Inexpensive, due to reduced labor and less expensive materials compared to other countertop surfaces.||Cannot be cleaned with abrasives|
|Allows for decorative edge treatments.||Seams show and finishing the front edge can be expensive.|
Do You Enjoy Home Makeovers?
Laminate counters have an additional bonus for those people who more inclined to renovate their Annapolis, Fairfax and Baltimore homes more often. Laminate countertops can be easily resurfaced at a minimal cost as opposed to types of solid surface, stone, and/or wooden countertops.
Laminate Countertop Care and Durability
Laminate counters are very durable and relatively easy to maintain. If they are well cared for, a laminate counter can last for more than 20 years. Some manufacturers of laminate counters offer up to a 40 year guarantee on their products. Generally, laminate counters are easy to clean and maintain. For most spills, a wet cloth and a mild soap should do just fine. When dealing with stubborn stains, a paste that is made from baking soda as well as a mild household cleaner will generally take care of the mess. Impact resistance is also a benefit of laminate countertops.
The key to maintaining the quality of your laminate countertops is consistent maintenance. Unfortunately, laminate can easily be scratched as well as scuffed. It is very important that you do not cut on or place anything hot directly onto the countertop. An option that would help to alleviate this problem is to inlay a few tiles or some heat-resistant materials within a laminate countertop. These can particularly be useful near the oven and/or stove. In order to better camouflage scratches and other marks, choose a matte finish.
Do not be discouraged by laminates vulnerability to scratches and scuffs. There are new methods of repairing as well as resurfacing damaged laminate. These are done at a much more reasonable price than they were in the past. If your laminate countertop does need to be fixed by a professional, all of the work can be done in just a few hours.
Contact Us About Laminate Counter Installation
If you would like more information about laminate counters or if you have additional questions please contact us at Express Countertops. You can call us directly at 410-712-0601 or you can simply use the estimate button above to request your free estimate and have your new countertops installed in 1 week – GUARANTEED!
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