Why choose laminate?
If you’re looking into updating your kitchen or bathroom, you’ve no doubt heard about laminate. It’s one of the top contenders for benchtops and vanities due to its durability, affordability and versatility. But what exactly is laminate, anyway?
Believe it or not, laminate is made from paper! Here’s the whole scoop:
- First, sheets of kraft paper are saturated in melamine resin.
- Then, the resin-soaked papers are pressed tightly together under extremely high heat.
- Next, the decorative paper is placed on the very top and cured in an oven.
- Lastly, the sheets of laminate are glued to particle board to create a hard surface that is durable, flexible and beautiful.
Now that you know how laminate is made, let’s talk more about why you might choose this material for your next home remodeling project.
Formica® and Laminex® laminates are…
- Versatile: They can be used for any benchtop or work surface in your home – from the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, wet bar, craft room and beyond, as well as furniture such as tables, and shelving, and vertical surfaces such as splashbacks or island fronts allowing you to co-ordinate the surfaces in your home.
- Fun: There are more colours, patterns and finishes than any other surfacing material, which means that there truly is a laminate pattern for every design taste and personal style. Options include solid colours, graphic patterns, woodgrains and the look of natural stone.
- Easy to clean and maintain: Laminate does not require special cleaning products or annual resealing. Simply wipe off the mess and continue enjoying your lifestyle! If you've got particularly tough stains, check out the appropriate care & maintenance guide for advice.
- Affordable: Laminate benchtops are a fraction of the cost of stone benchtops.
What About the “Brown Lines”?
Laminate has been around for a long time. For over 100 years, the story of the Formica® brand has been one of discovery and innovation. In the past, all laminate benchtops came with visible seams and flat edges. Now you are able to choose from a variety of edging options which can eliminate those "brown lines" and offer a more stylish finish:
- Rolled edge: laminate can be rolled to a radius of 10mm for solid colours and 6mm for stones, graphic patterns and woodgrains. Very cost effective, rolled edges is popular for kitchen benchtops.
- Square edge: the square edge profile is made by clashing the benchtop edge with piece of the same laminate to create a true square edge.
- Acrylic edgetape: acrylic edgetape is available to match decors in the Formica 180fx and Laminex DiamondGloss ranges. Complementing the high gloss stone decors, acrylic edgetape creates a greater depth f colour. The durable, sleek, square edge finish creates the realistic look of a stone slab.
Either check out our benchtops section, visit Formica.com or Laminex.co.nz for more information and full colour ranges.