Plastic laminate countertops are made from surface papers that have been impregnated with chemicals to make them shiny, stain resistant, patterned and colorful. This top layer is then bonded to a high density particleboard.
What should you bear in mind when choosing whether to buy one?
Pros of Plastic Laminate Countertops
The sheer variety of finishes available is an advantage of plastic laminate countertops. Those designed to resemble stone are particularly attractive. The laminate is stain and grease resistant, and durable if properly cared for.
Compared to natural stone or hardwoods, plastic laminates are moderately priced as they are mass produced.
Cons of Plastic Laminate Countertop
These countertops show scratches easily as only the top layer carries the color and pattern. Accordingly, once the surface has been scratched it is virtually impossible to repair – the do-it-yourself enthusiast has to decide whether he can live with the scratch or replace the whole countertop.
Damage at the seals of countertops due to water ingress is also a disadvantage. Again, this cannot be remedied. A countertop suffering from damp needs to be replaced.