Laminate has upped its game in recent years and kitchen and bathroom worktops in laminate are proving to be a popular choice for the modern homeowner. Like anything in a busy household, laminate worktops can become scratched or even broken, especially when there are boisterous kids around. So what can you do when you are in desperate need of laminate worktop repair? Take a look at our recommendations and tips on how to best care for and repair your laminate worktops and learn when it is best to perform laminate worktop repair, and when it is advisable to replace old or damaged laminate worktops.
What is laminate?
This man made product is created using layers of resin-soaked paper, and semi-rigid plastic sheeting. The innovative material was first produced in the 1900’s and since this time has evolved into assorted designs and uses, with kitchen worktops being one of its most popular uses. Laminate counter-tops can be produced in all sorts of designs, such as wood effect, marble, stone and other realistic reproduction designs. Because of the way it is produced, laminate is a very cheap alternative to natural materials that are also used in worktops.
What’s so great about laminate?
If you are on the hunt for a new kitchen counter-top, you may be wondering why so many people choose laminate in the first instance? One of the main reasons has to be that it is a cheap, durable and water-resistant material that when purchased from a reputable retailer such as HC Supplies, is certain to be of a great quality and offer fantastic value for money. Besides being a cheaper alternative to many other materials, laminate worktops are also available in a variety of colours and styles, giving you plenty of choices when it comes to selecting the best colours and types for your home. As laminate is so cheap, it is more affordable to replace than other materials should it suffer from any wear and tear. It is also relatively easy to conduct laminate worktop repair yourself whereas repairing other worktops may need specialist assistance. Laminate worktops are popular with landlords that have multiple properties to renovate and want a cheap, yet durable material in the kitchens and bathrooms of their rental properties
What types of laminate worktops are available?
When purchasing laminate worktops, you may have a colour scheme and style already in mind. Perhaps you want to select a worktop that will fit in with the colours that are already in your home, or you may be choosing the laminate worktops first and creating a scheme around it. However you are making you decision, it is helpful to be able to access a variety of laminate worktops so that you have plenty of choice. Fortunately, we provide an impressive assortment of designs including White Marble, Butcher’s Block, Black Granite, Black Flint Crystal, Stardust White Gloss, and many more types and designs from which to choose. Besides the design, laminate worktops are also available in different sizes, with the thickness of worktops varying according to requirements. This allows for smaller as well as larger homes to use the material and also means you can perfect your dream breakfast bar or kitchen island without needing to splash out on a more expensive worktop material.
Laminate worktops in the bathroom
Just like you will require a hardworking work surface in the kitchen, you will need this in your bathroom too. Again, this is the cheaper option for family bathrooms and is an excellent cost-effective option for families with kids who love splashing about at bath time. You could choose to have the same design of laminate in the bathroom and kitchen, or you may want a completely different style in the bathroom and toilet.
What can I do if my laminate worktop is scratched?
Kitchens and bathrooms are meant to be used, but this can mean that surfaces become damaged either slightly or more noticeably. Scratches can remain unnoticed for some time but as the homeowner you will want to fix scratches as soon as possible. Laminate worktop repair of scratches can be conducted easily by cleaning and drying the scratched area thoroughly and then applying a colour match worktop filler adhesive. Using a kit like the ColorFill Adhesive allows you to do laminate worktop repairs yourself and at minimal cost.
When to repair and when to replace
As laminate worktops are not the most expensive of choices, it is worthwhile asking yourself if it you should forgo the repairs and simply rejuvenate your home with new worktops. Using a laminate worktop repair kit is certainly a great option for minor scratches, but if you have had your worktops for some time, or you have moved into a home that has noticeable damage to the kitchen and bathroom worktops, you could be better off replacing them entirely. This can be an exciting prospect for many as it will give you a chance to completely change the look of your old kitchen or bathroom. If the damage is easily remedied then of course, make full use of a laminate worktop repair kit such as the ColorFill adhesive, but when a lot more work is needed, seriously consider replacing your worktops.
Tell us what you think
We love hearing from our customers and if you have ever used a laminate worktop repair kit in your home, we would love to see the results. Upload your images in the comments section below and let us, and others, know just how easy it was to get rid of those pesky scratches in your laminate worktops. Alternatively, if you just want to show off your new HC Supplies laminate kitchen or bathroom, we’d love to see that too. If you want any further advice about laminate worktop repair, or you are searching for the perfect worktops for your new kitchen, get in touch and we will be delighted to help you create your dream home.