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Laminate countertops cost a fraction of what most other counter options cost. They may not connote luxury, but laminates get the job done -- and let homeowners on a budget put their money into sleeker appliances or better cabinets.
Laminates are made by binding layers of printed paper and resin under high pressure to create a rigid sheet that can be cut, shaped, and glued onto medium-density fiberboard. Because anything can be printed on the paper, even a photographic image of wood or stone, it's easy for laminate manufacturers to keep abreast of design trends in their color and style choices. Both Formica and Wilsonart offer styles that mimic natural stone, metal, and wood. In its Patterns collection, Formica has seven granite colors alone, from Azul to Ubatuba.
Higher-end laminates like Formica's ColorCore are melamine based and retain the surface color throughout the sheet. That means nicks and scratches are less likely to be seen -- and it eliminates the brown edge where two sheets meet at an ancle, especially where the countertop sheet meets the edge strip.
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