Laminate counters are a tough and durable but thin material that is pasted to strong plywood or other wooden foundation. Laminate makes a great choice for a lot of reasons. With minimal respect and proper installation, laminate can last for an indefinite period. It comes in an almost unlimited variety of colors, patterns, and textures. The edges of the counter can be done with curves, bevels, or corners, and/or trimmed with more laminate, wood trim, and even more out of the ordinary materials. This design flexibility is very helpful when it comes to making sure the bar is both functional and remarkable in appearance.
There are troubles or drawbacks with laminate as well. While tough, it is less tough than many alternatives. And gouges and scratches, when they do inevitably occur, will be fairly notable. If water gets in the seams, the stuff can delaminate from the wooden structure supporting it. And it is very vulnerable to heat. It is also sensitive to smoke.
The most trendy types of laminated bar tops are custom and prefabricated. The prefabricated goes with square edges as well as rolled. Concerns like thickness, finish and durability are what make the laminates vary in type. Many are made in the same fashion, but the material used in the process is the most important difference. Think about all possible traffic that the bar top will receive.
One of the best features of laminated bar tops is its versatility. Corners and rounds are easily achieved with laminates, where tile or granite takes a little more effort and time. By raising the height of the back, a bar top is created. Since laminate is lighter than other bar top material, it is less expensive to utilize this feature of laminated countertops.
Laminated bar tops can be found with a variety of different finishes. With a pattern matching ceramic tile or marble, a high gloss finish is used to create the look of ceramic tile or marble. The noticeable benefit is in the initial cost: Laminates are a fraction of the cost of granite, ceramic tile or marble.
Laminates are fastened to different types of wood like high-thickness fiberboard, particleboard or plywood. In order for the laminates to stick on to these materials, adhesives made specifically for this purpose are utilized. The laminate itself is made up of several layers of Kraft paper, one layer of melamine for the pattern and a clear melamine top layer. These are pressure-treated at 150 degrees F to bind the layers together.
Something that isn’t ordinary knowledge to most customers is the choice to re-emerge laminated bar tops. Epoxy paint is one of the materials available to use for this purpose. However, it is an accurate art and calls for even coats. This is the main issue that customers have difficulty with when trying to resurface their laminated bar tops. This may be something that is best left to the professional, because the possibilities of transforming old countertops into a beautiful addition to the kitchen are endless.