A Formica® countertop is a type off plastic laminate countertop that became quite popular during the 1950s. However, Formica® actually was invented much earlier — originally as electrical insulation. The Formica® countertop became popular later on because it was heat resistant and spill resistant, making it a durable material for in the kitchen.
Because a Formica® countertop is a type of laminate countertop, this upgrade is a reasonably inexpensive remodel to an existing kitchen. Although laminate countertops can also be purchased premade at most home improvement stores, a Formica® countertop can also be made using a preformed countertop, including the one that is already in your kitchen. This makes it an inexpensive do-it-yourself project that can quickly add to your home’s value.
When making your own Formica® countertop, a preformed countertop is recommended, because this makes the project fast and easy. Formica® comes in sheets, which must be cut to fit the countertop. The countertop also needs to be prepared by removing any paint or varnish and sanding the surface to make the cement stick better. The Formica® is then put down using contact cement.
Believe it or not, Formica® laminate is actually made of paper. A piece of high-quality decorate paper forms the top layer, and the rest of the layers are brown paper soaked in resin. Everything is then compressed by hydraulic rams, with a layer of melamine over the very top to protect the Formica®. The combination of the resins and the top layer of melamine is what makes a Formica® countertop so durable.
Whoever coined the phrase “hard as a rock” might very well have been thinking of granite. Formed over millions of years from compressed molten rock under the Earth’s surface, granite is extremely hard and durable.
With its heat-resistant qualities, granite doesn’t blister; it’s also unlikely to scratch or chip. When used for kitchen countertops, it’s far superior to marble, synthetic and laminate. It’s also better-looking and has a luminous, dimensional quality when polished.
Granite is made up of interlocking mineral crystals, the most common being feldspar and quartz. But an array of other minerals can be included, and these make each piece of granite unique. Feldspar is the white mineral you see in granite; the light gray veins are quartz; and the black is typically mica. Granite is drilled, chiseled and blasted out of quarries in large blocks, and special milling machines then cut it into workable slabs.
Turning raw granite into countertops requires special tools. Granite can be custom-made and professionally installed, but it’s also available in precut and edged countertops. The kitchen’s design, the shapes and sizes of the available precut material and the location of the seams will help determine if you can use precut and edged granite or if you need a custom installation.
Are you convinced that granite is the best choice for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project?
ProQuartz offers a rare combination of superior aesthetics, versatility and unsurpassed strength quartz products, where elegance and beauty meet functionality and lasting durability.
Quartz countertops are the new worry-free alternative to high-maintenance worktops.
It is harder than marble and granite, requires no resealing, is highly resistant to scratches and stains, and comes in a huge variety of colours.
Quartz is found in great abundance in the earth – it is second only to water as the most common mineral-based form on our planet.
It is naturally hard and scratch resistant. Quartz even ranks a 7.0 on Moh’s Hardness Scale, which is used to measure the scratch-resistance of a material. Only diamonds, ranking 10, topaz, and sapphire are harder than quartz.
MelaWood is PG Bison’s leading brand of decorative MFB. With its durable, scratch and moisture resistant surface, MelaWood is the ideal choice for kitchen, built-in-cupboard, furniture and case-goods applications.
MelaWood is available in four surface finishes, Peen (a textured, stippled finish), Executive (a smooth, matt finish), Ashwood (an embossed, oak wood grain finish) and Linear (a deep textured, straight wood grain).
MelaWood uses either BisonBord or SupaWood as a core or substrate and melamine-impregnated, decor paper bonded to both the board’s surfaces under heat and pressure.