My laminate countertops
need improvement. What are my options?
First, what is a laminate counter? A
laminate counter top is fiberboard or particleboard covered by a
thin but durable decorative layer that is cut to size and glued
down. Laminates include brands such as Formica and
Wilsonart. The laminate itself is made of a brown paper
impregnated with phenolic resin. The top layer of paper, which
contains the pattern of color, is impregnated with melamine
resin. The sheets are bonded together, and applied to fiberboard
primary benefit of high pressure laminate is that it offers a
hard, impact-resistant surface which is easy to keep clean and
they are available at a reasonable price and in hundreds of
patterns and colors.
The options for improving a laminate counter top
Which option should you
choose? It depends on the condition of the counter, the
look you want, and of course budget. Cheaper options should be
considered when budget matters, as it usually does. This
article is intended to help make that decision.
Repairs to laminate counters
can be done by fixing or replacing the laminate layer itself, or
by reglazing it which means resurfacing the counter with a
durable sprayed on material much like the process performed on
old bathtubs to make them new again.
The reglazing material cures
to a very hard finish and even though it is a sprayed on finish
it is surprisingly durable. It is a very popular solution
because it is fast, inexpensive and available in any solid color
and can be produced in some textured or speckled finishes as well.
Price is the primary advantage over other the options. It
can instantly transform an old worn or outdated surface into a
beautiful countertop that enhances the desirability of a kitchen
or bathroom. Reglazing is a very good, low budget solution
that makes it possible to avoid re-laminating or replacing an
old laminate surface.
Reglazing can not reproduce
the patterns of a laminated surface, so designers may opt to
choose a laminate with a color and pattern that better suits the
look they are after. Laminate surfaces are also somewhat
more durable than a reglazed surface. A new laminate
surface can be achieved by either replacing the counter or
re-laminating the existing counter. In general if a
laminate counter needs to be re-laminated it is better to
replace it. Some counters can be re-laminated, but the
labor involved in removing the old laminate can make replacement
of the counter a more attractive option. If the old
laminate is easy to remove and the board is in good shape, then
re-laminating may be a good option.
The labor involved in
removing old lamination usually makes replacement a better
option but it is absolutely necessary if the counter material
(often particle board) has been water damaged causing it to
swell in some areas. When this has occurred, little can be
done to repair the counter and replacement is the best option.
Pacific Reglazing now offers
custom laminate counter installations. Beware! Not all
laminate counters are created equally! Many new counter
installations being done by other installers are cheap
prefabricated counters purchased at home supply stores.
While they may be inexpensive, the result is often flawed since
the counters are not made to fit the space where they are
installed. One of the obvious problems we see is where two
portions of a counter meet, leaving a seam. That seam is
often left unsupported and is subject to swelling from water
A better solution is a
custom counter built in-place. The result is stronger
counter that fits the space exactly and is not subject to water
damage and warping. Our custom counter service is very competitively
priced so there is no need to settle for an inferior
product. For laminate colors you can look
here. Countertops are also available in CaesarStone®.
Use our Order
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of the different colors available.