Laminate countertops have long been a great option for people who want to change their countertops, but don't want it to cost an arm and a leg to do so. Is there more to this home improvement and building option than the relatively low price? In an effort to help you make as informed of a decision as possible about laminate countertops, here is some more information that describes the ins and outs of this popular choice.
- Price range. On the average, laminate countertops will run you about $2 or $3 per square foot depending on the color or style of laminate that is used. What this basically means is that an eight foot countertop will cost anywhere between $80 and $100, with just a little more added on for installation. Without a doubt, laminate countertops are one of the most inexpensive options that you have available for your new countertops.
- Availability. Unlike many other kinds of countertop materials, you can find laminate countertops just about everywhere you look. What this means is that, instead of having to go to an expensive specialty store to purchase your countertop, you can simply go down to your local home improvement store. While you can still go to the specialty stores to purchase your laminate countertops, you can find quality attractive and inexpensive models at the regular stores too.
- Maintenance. Laminate countertops is really easy to maintain. For all intents and purposes, in order to keep your laminate countertops well maintained is to use a little common sense. What this means is that you wipe the countertops off periodically and not to put anything hot on the countertops. This also means you don't have to worry about cleaning any tile grout, or using mineral oil to keep it looking nice.
- Durability. As long as you maintain your laminate countertop properly they will last for a long time. Even though you need to be careful with some of the things that you put on it, laminate countertops are remarkably durable. On average, laminate countertops can easily last up to fifteen years if properly maintained.
- Repairs. Among all the different types of countertops available, laminate countertops are among the easiest to repair. Typically, the biggest causes of damage to laminate countertops comes from gouges (such as those caused by knifes) and burns (such as from laying a hot pot on the countertop). Unlike with other kinds of countertops, such problems are particularly easy to repair.
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