LAMINATE COUNTERTOP SOLUTIONS
Laminate countertops come in hundreds of colours and patterns, including designs that mimic authentic stone, such as granite, marble, and slate. We offer over 250 stock colours from major manufacturers like Arborite, Formica®, Nevamar, Pionite®, and Wilsonart®.
As experts in laminate, the staff at Gipman Kitchens & Cabinetry will guide you through the available styles and help you choose colours based on your décor, as well as on whether you want your countertop to stand out or blend in. We will help you decide between a matte finish, a more vibrant glossy finish, or a variety of textured finishes.
It’s important to remember that laminate countertops cannot be repaired if scratched. Contact us to discuss the type, and amount, of use your countertop will see to ensure that laminate countertops are truly the best option for you.
Laminate Countertop Surfaces
Formica® laminate comes in solid colours, woodgrains, and patterns, as well as in various textures. 180fx® is a new line that mimics the appearance of real stone but offers the easy care, cleaning, and maintenance of laminate.
Formica® Colour Palette
There’s a Wilsonart® laminate product for any budget and enough colours and patterns to fit any décor. Some are manufactured with AEON™ Enhanced Performance technology, which gives the laminate improved durability and appearance. Wilsonart®’s high-pressure laminate products meet GREENGUARD®Indoor Air Quality standards for low-emitting products and are made with at least 20% post-consumer recycled wood-fibre content.
Wilsonart® Colour Palette
Available in over 200 colours, Arborite’s high-pressure laminates offer more choice from patterns and abstracts to woodgrains and solids. Arborite has over 60 years of experience manufacturing laminate, and all products are GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality-certified. The premium textures line offers interesting and surprising looks, with the durability and easy care of laminate.
Arborite Colour Palette
Nevamar high-pressure laminate features Armored Protection to resist wear and keep it looking new. The new VIP collection has 15 fresh colours and styles, but if you don’t find something you like there, Nevamar has over 225 other options to choose from. Nevamar laminate is GREENGUARD®-certified and delivers value, versatility, and ease of care.
Nevamar Colour Palette
Pionite® offers standard high-pressure laminate in an extensive range of colours, as well as woodgrain and abstract designs. Specialty products include laminate that is chemically resistant all the way through, structurally engineered laminate with unmatched strength, laminate that looks like leather, and laminate with colour all the way through. Rugged Hi-Wear products and special fire-rated products are also available.
Pionite® Colour Palette
Laminate Countertop Decorative Edges
Laminate countertop edges can be modified to create contrast and give you a unique look. Our showroom staff will provide you with a variety of examples so that you can choose which style suits your tastes best.
Frequently Asked Questions: Laminate Countertops
What is laminate, and how is it fabricated into COUNTER TOPS?
Laminate kitchen countertops consist of several layers of heated and compressed paper with melamine resin. The top layer is what we see as the colour or pattern that becomes your countertop. Today's variety of laminate patterns and colours numbers in the thousands.
Is formica laminate just another name for laminate?
Formica® laminate is a well-known laminate brand, but there are many others. At PF Custom Countertops, we also offer Arborite, Nevamar, Wilsonart®, and Pionite® brand laminates to give you the widest selection.
What are the benefits of laminate kitchen countertops?
Aside from the many options in colour and style, laminate countertops are great if you want to use undermount sinks. Undermount sinks are available in stainless steel, vitreous china, or solid surface materials, and can be used with laminate to create a clean look. This option eliminates the sink rim that protrudes above the deck of the countertop, and makes for easier usage and clean-up.
What styles are available?
Laminate countertops come in the following styles:
- Post-formed - These are machine-made and typically include the backsplash and counter as one piece. They have rounded edges in various profiles.
- Self edge - This style has a straight counter with a square edge in front and a separate backsplash on the back of the counter.
- Bevel edge - A 45-degree champhered edge that can be accented to tie into other colours in the kitchen is the defining feature of this style.
What is the life expectancy of laminate kitchen countertops?
When used and maintained correctly, laminate kitchen countertops can last many years. Always use cutting boards or trivets to protect your countertop.
Do solid surface materials offer greater durability than laminates?
Yes. Solid surface materials are more durable and easier to maintain and repair. Most solid surface products come with warranty periods that average 10 years. But there are advantages to laminates, like the colour variety. We can help you decide which product is best for your project.
How do I maintain my laminate kitchen countertops?
Clean with mild cleanser and water, and avoid abrasive products, including those containing bleach.
How much do laminate countertops cost?
Of all the materials available, laminate countertops are the least expensive surfacing option (solid surface countertops are more expensive). Prices will vary depending on the colour, style, and edging.
What is your installation warranty?
At PF Custom Countertops we stand behind every inch of our work. You can depend on us for efficient delivery, accurate installation and experienced service. We offer complete warrantees on our workmanship and provide an extended one year warranty on the installation of jobs we install. As members in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association and the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canadawe are committed to the professional conduct that you deserve in this demanding marketplace.