Looking through catalogues of different products to find the best quality materials is something every self-respecting contractor spends a lot of his or her time doing. Building a reputation, after all, relies on what you use, as well as how well you use it.
Your skill can be severely undermined by a lack of product quality that often can’t be anticipated at the time of purchase. That’s why making informed decisions about which materials and brands you can recommend to your clients is something you should do some research on. Let’s take a look at what Formica tops offer in terms of quality and what they’re all about:
- Firstly, what is laminate?
Laminate is created through a process of heating and compressing paper and melamine resin. Different designs and surface patterns are easily incorporated, making it an easy choice to match to the rest of a home interior, for example.
- What is Formica?
Many clients make the mistake in thinking that laminate is referred to as Formica, which is actually a brand and not a material. This way of referring to the product has become so widely used that the brand Formica is now a general way of referring to laminate tops.
- What are their benefits?
They’re highly customizable, much more so than the alternatives your clients may be considering, making them the ideal material for fitting unique kitchen layouts, for example. They’re also perfect for housing under mount sinks and any other appliance that can be built into counters.
- What styles are available?
Getting a hold of boards that fit into a home interior isn’t as difficult as it used to be. Modern designs are beautifully accommodated within the countertop pattern – you just have to know where to find quality countertops!
- How do they compare in terms of durability?
Solid surface counters, for example, are usually more durable. The advantages of laminate, however, are to be found in its versatility and how easy it is to maintain and replace (if need be) without breaking the bank. If maintained correctly, these counters can last for up to 20 years.