Laminate sheet countertop or preformed???


Old 06-10-08, 03:16 PM
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Laminate sheet countertop or preformed???

I own and maintain duplexes, rental units. What is the best way to makeover the countertop? In my own house, I have ceramic tiled over it with good results. I have never delved into cabinet or countertop replacement though. I see the sheets and preformed laminate at Menards. Any opinions, experience on these two would be much appreciated. With the sheets, do you just eliminate the backsplash?

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Old 06-10-08, 04:58 PM
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Lance, building a sheet laminate countertop is at best tedious, and the end result, after you make you back splash, you will always have a crack at the bottom where they join. You will need fairly good skills with a router and purchase special bits for the edging. Since it is a rental, a preformed countertop will tend to keep things a little more tidy, even with some of the most discriminating renters
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I agree with Chandler. Making them yourself seems like a big hassel to me.

For my rentals, I put on new tops from Menards. If it's a pretty simple kitchen, they have ready made pieces from 4' to at least 12', maybe longer. The also have left and right miters for corners. I think there are only 4 or five laminate choices. You may need to cut down a stock sized piece and apply the laminate endcap, but thats very easy. The stock pieces can usually be had for around $5/foot.

For more complicated kitchens, I've custom ordered the tops. You get many more laminate choices, but as I recall the price ran to around $10/foot for basics.

Removing and installing the tops is a breeze. Check for screws from underneath. Often people have simply siliconed them down, so you can just pop it loose.

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