This versatile material is probably the most widely used countertop material.
Laminates: versatile, inexpensive and
low-maintenance -- definitely something
- Low-maintenance; easy soap-and-water cleanup
- Resists grease and stains
- Available in many colors, patterns, and textures as well as prefabricated lengths with built-in backsplash
- Susceptible to damage from sharp knives and hot pans
- Dark lines (the laminate's underlayer) may show at edges (non-solid-color types)
- Damaged areas difficult to repair
- To keep laminate countertops looking new longer, reserve them for less-used areas of your kitchen where they'll get less wear and tear.
- Locate any seams at corners. The stresses at unbroken corners can lead to cracking.
- Plan to spend $15 to $60 per running foot, installed.
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