Why Laminate May Be Your Best Option

There are a number of reason why choosing laminate for your countertop surface could be the best design decision you make.

There are a few key reasons why laminate countertops are now, more than ever, a superior choice for countertop surfaces. First of all let’s look at what is, to many, the most important feature when choosing a countertop surface: cost. While to many people who are looking for new countertops, money is no object and the choose based simply on which material cost the most, thinking if it’s the most expensive, it must be the best. But let’s examine that notion further. To many other people, who may be on a tighter budget, the best option may be the one that leaves money left over to spend in other areas so the overall project is well balanced and affordable. The cost of laminate countertops, installed, ranges anywhere from $10 to $50 a square foot installed. When compared with the variety of natural stone materials which can cost as much as ten times more, it is immediately apparent why so many people choose laminate. Some choose laminate when they are remodeling, while they are waiting until they can afford their “dream kitchen or bathroom”, and in these cases, laminate countertops prove more than capable of performing well while the person saves up or waits of their financial situation to improve. Many find that while they wait until they can afford the more expensive options, they discover that laminate is all they need and never get around to replacing it.

Next we will take a look at the design and look of laminate countertops. Often when people think of laminate, what comes to mind is old and outdated designs that might be found in your step-mothers mobile home from fifty years ago. This is no longer the case. Great strides have been made in the look, texture and overall feel of laminate surfaces in recent years and now, more than ever, it provides the look and feel people want, without the many of the hassles and overblown cost of their natural stone counterparts. They complement a variety of cabinet shades and styles, from dark to light and painted to wood and since the synthetic nature of laminate lends itself to a wide variety of shade lots and patterns, they can often provide the perfect accent to the cabinets and surrounding features of the kitchen or bathroom. Gone are the days of the flat, dark edges which so many have grown to dislike. These days, bullnose and ogee edges provide a more contemporary look which give it the feel of a much more expensive product. Wilson Art and Formica have done amazing things when it comes to the edges of laminate countertops, and their new decorative and bullnose edges make it difficult for the casual passerby to notice that the surface is laminate and not actually granite, marble or stone and when they do realize the solid surface top is made of laminate, they are often amazed at the elegance and authentic look on display.

The final aspect we will consider is care and maintenance. It is no secret that natural stone countertops are porous and therefore more susceptible to stains. While natural stone requires special treatment and tedious cleaning practices, laminate needs nothing more than a quick wipe down with easy to find household cleaners to have to looking as good as new. And since they do not need sealing like their natural stone counterpart, maintenance is a breeze and relegates worry about staining to zero. Though laminate and natural stone can both be damaged by scratching and chipping, it is obvious which is easier and cheaper to repair in case an accident does happen. Custom Design Countertops is able to come and replace or repair damaged laminate countertops, often in one day, while a damaged marble or granite surface will require much more expensive and time consuming repair procedures.

At Custom Design Countertops, in Santa Rosa, California, we are experts at helping you choose the perfect laminate countertop surface for your new home, remodel, multiunit or commercial property and our installers are trained to provide you with the best service in the business. Our efficient procedures will have us in and out and leave you with a beautiful, exceptionally functional and worry free countertop for the kitchen and bathroom and with the affordable cost, easy maintenance and all the advancements that have been made in the field of laminate design and manufacture, it should become apparent why choosing laminate could be the smartest decision you make when it comes to your solid surface countertops. Give us a call today and find out why we are the undisputed champions of countertop installation in the Santa Rosa, California area and have been for more than twenty years.