- Laminate is constructed in various thickness grades,
depending on the purpose they serve. Horizontal grade is
one of the thickest laminates at .039” and is designed for flat,
high-impact and heavy use countertops.
- Vertical grade is the thinnest grade at .028” and is often
used for low impact vertical installations such as backsplashes.
- There are two options of backsplashes. If the material
has been molded in to a post-form backsplash, there will be no
seam and the backsplash will be “rounded”. The second
option is a backsplash that is built at the home site and will be
set on the back of the countertop. This backsplash will
have a “square” edge and a seam will be created.
- Sinks are typically top mounted or deck mounted. The
sinks can be a variety of finishes, such as stainless steel, cast
iron and acrylic.
- Under mounted sinks are not recommended as it’s difficult to
protect against water penetration. Once water penetrates
the particle board base of this product, it will swell and
- There are virtually hundreds of colors to choose from when
selecting laminate. Almost any décor can be matched which
is one of the reasons laminate countertops are so popular.
- In addition, special finishes are available. Typically,
the cost is slightly higher on the specialty finishes. The
finishes include the looks of stone, wood, granite, marble and
- Laminate offers a variety of edge treatments. There are
two basic edges. A straight edge is simply a strip of
laminate applied to the front edge of the countertop. There
will be a thin seam visible in this application.
- Since laminate is pliable when heated, it can be wrapped
around plywood to create a rounded edge. This edge is
called a post-formed edge.
- There are two decorative edge treatments that are commonly
used. The standard beveled edge in which solid surface or
wood can contrast with the laminate. You can also use
a contrasting laminate, such as a stone look, to apply to this
- A full front edge molding allows for a limitless range of
options to choose. The most commonly seen profile is called
an ogee edge. This is a double curved form made up of a
concave and convex half that looks like the letter S. It
will appear seamless at inside corners and can be bent around a
radius at the outside corners. You can stain a wood ogee to
match your cabinets, or insert a solid surface edge band.
- You can add a metal or texture in the backsplash for a unique
and different. There are metals and textures made for this
purpose and are typically available where the material will be