Lets talk for a minute about laminate countertops. I’m surprised sometimes by how quickly people dismiss the idea of a laminate countertop for their project without considering the benefits that today’s laminate surfaces can offer. First, let me start by saying that if it’s been a few years since you’ve browsed your local dealer’s color sample board, you don’t know what you’re missing. Today’s laminate is not the “same old laminate”. New options from innovators like Formica with their 180FX series, and Wilsonart with their HD series, have completely raised the bar. These products offer new levels of durability, and most importantly patterns, styles, and textures that until a few years ago were just a dream. I sometimes find it amusing when I’m interviewing a consumer and they wince at the first suggestion of a laminate surface, and a few moments later I find them gravitating to a display kitchen with a 180FX top saying “this would look great in my kitchen”. My favorite part is telling them that the countertop they are admiring is a laminate top, and even better that I can build it for them at a fraction of what they had budgeted. Granted there are certain projects that are better suited for a Quartz or Acrylic Solid Surface countertop, but there is also a lot of remodelers for whom laminate would suite their needs perfectly, compliment their design flawlessly, and save them lots of money, but who are swift to dismiss the idea of laminate because they haven’t taken the time to check it out.
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