For Sophisticated Benchtops, Have You Considered Laminate?
Laminate products today come in a spectacular array of designs and colours, they are high-tech, durable, easy to clean AND very affordable. When customers ask us why laminate benchtops? We say, why wouldn’t you?
Let’s take a look at the following:
- Why Laminate Benchtops?
- What Makes Laminex a Top Tier Product?
- Which Laminate is Right for You?
Why Laminate Benchtops?
Laminate has had to work pretty hard to shake off its tacky 60’s image; but we think it’s fair to say it’s more than succeeded. When you consider that laminate products were originally developed for insulation purposes, their evolution in recent years is all that more surprising. So what are laminate benchtops like now? Think sophistication, elegance and photo-realistic, think the marble look without the marble price tag!
Let’s take a closer look at why so many people are choosing laminate for their benchtops:
Built to last
Quality laminate products manufactured to exacting Australian standards, can last 20 years and even more, if properly cared for. The laminate products of today come with fire resistant and anti-microbial properties. They are also 100% water resistant and the latest products, from trend-leaders like Laminex, even have scratch resistant properties!
The attractive price tag
A typical laminate benchtop is made from a combination of engineered wood and melamine. While the designs look very classy, the materials used are eminently more affordable than stone or timber. When you appreciate that you can pay anything up to $2000 per square meter for a natural stone benchtop, laminate benchtops start to make a lot of financial sense!
If you’re concerned about getting your kitchen back quickly, then laminate benchtops are your friend. Unlike say stone or timber, laminate can simply be cut onsite and installed with minimal delay. At Express Kitchens we can install your laminate benchtops, plus the rest of your kitchen, in a single day as part of our signature all-inclusive one day kitchen install.
What Makes Laminex a Top-Tier Product?
At Express Kitchens we choose to source Laminex products for our customers’ laminate benchtops for a host of reasons including:
- Laminex is renowned for producing high-tech, laminate products with exceptional durability properties, including scratch resistance and even fingerprint resistance in some lines
- Laminex has pushed the boundaries in terms of creating an extensive range of contemporary designs with a photo-realistic edge
- Laminex prides itself as the first business of its kind to achieve Global GreentagCertTM Certification – Global Greentag works to certify products which meet its stringent eco-friendly criteria
- Laminex was established in Melbourne more than 80 years ago and its products are designed to withstand Australian conditions and to appeal to Australian aesthetics
Which Laminate is Right for You?
When it comes to choosing a laminate for your kitchen benchtops it can feel a little overwhelming! It can help to consult a kitchen designer and to break your decision making process down into a couple of key criteria:
Laminate benchtops come in a range of finishes including matte, gloss and metallic. Matte finishes tend to be popular in traditional kitchens and are best for concealing scratch marks, while gloss and high gloss finishes are designed to reflect light, creating a more luxurious and brighter feel. The downside to gloss finishes is that they do need more regular cleaning and scratches can be more apparent. Metallic finishes are proving popular for those wanting to make a statement.
As we discussed above, laminate benchtops come in a wide range of photo-realistic designs, effectively mimicking stone and timber. To the untrained eye it can be hard to spot the original from the mimic! Whether you’re after a warm timber, a classic marble or industrial concrete look, brands like Laminex have you covered.
Your choice of colour will likely be heavily influenced by the colour palette in the rest of your kitchen as well as the colour scheme across your entire house. Don’t be afraid to consider a bold splash of colour. Laminex has a range of flat colours in eye catching shades which can add energy to your kitchen. Whether you’re after something soft and unobtrusive or vibrant and cheeky, there’s a laminate out there for you!
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