The most common option for kitchen counter tops today is laminate counter tops. These counter tops are made from several layers of synthetic materials of Kraft paper materials, melamine plastic coatings and decorative paper. The reason people choose laminate counter tops for their kitchen counter tops is because they are the least expensive of the countertops and come in a wide range of colors and patterns.
You can get your laminate counter tops for half the rate of a solid surface counter top of the same size. The price of the laminate counter White quartz top depends on its construction method, the materials used in it and customization of specific details. It is best to use laminate counter tops as an economical and temporary substitute to other kitchen counter tops.
The main component of a laminate countertop is plastic where the countertop material is sealed within two layers of plastic and fused together with heat. Laminating machines are used to make laminate countertops where some machines have more than one roller so that more than one laminate sheet can be produced.
Laminate counter tops have a nonporous surface. This is why it reduces the growth of mildew, mold, bacteria and other microorganisms. This makes it safe to prepare food directly from the counter top.
The type of plastic and material fused in laminate counter tops determine the method of making the countertop. Melamine plastic was first used in traditional laminate counter tops; however today reinforced plastics with glass fibers and carbon are used in them. Today melamine is combined with formaldehyde to create hard and durable plastic that produce low-end laminate counter tops.
There is a wide range in the color, texture and pattern of laminate counter tops available today. They usually resemble the natural and authentic stones available today like granite, marble, quartz and slate. The popular designs for laminate counter tops are wood grains and stone look.
The popular colors of laminate counter tops are blue, black, gray, cream, beige and white. There are also modern and innovate colors in the range today in addition to classic patterns and retro colors. It is better to use retro colors like atomic orange and aqua boomerang if you have a retro theme in your kitchen.
Laminate counter tops are easy to maintain and are resistance to staining. All you need is a wet cloth or rag, and a little disinfectant or household cleanser to wipe your laminate counter top. Once this is done, you have to wipe it off with a dry cloth. However ensure that both these rags are made of some nonabrasive material to prevent scratching of the laminate counter top. The scratches on a laminate counter top not only ruin the counter top’s finish, but also permit the penetration of moisture. This in turn leads to growth of mold, mildew and bacteria and discoloration.