Why laminate is a great alternative to engineered stone

Why laminate is a great alternative to engineered stone

When renovating a kitchen, deciding on a kitchen benchtop can be confusing.  There also seems to be a penchant in Australia for stone or engineered stone benchtops.  When I moved back to Melbourne after living in London for a few years, I thought this was strange. As I was used to timber benchtops being installed in London kitchens.

However, there is a case for the use for laminate kitchen benchtops.  In the last few years, laminate has come a long way, with both Polytec and Laminex having great options. It’s no longer unattractive as it used to be.

A wide range of laminate benchtops

The range of options in laminate kitchen benchtops includes colours, textures and patterns.  There are also fingerprint proof laminates.  Even on a kitchen renovation I worked on with a budget of $90,000, I suggested laminate for a particular section of the kitchen.

I became familiar with laminate while working with a commercial builder.  Laminate kitchen benchtops being the material of choice for office fit outs, and medical centres.  As an interior designer I understood the value of laminate in a commercial setting, as it’s very durable.

So in a residential setting laminate definitely has a viable durability element.  Therefore, with a wide range of options that tick the aesthetic box, it’s worth considering laminate kitchen benchtops for the right kitchen, in the right property.

For example, you might consider the use of a laminate kitchen benchtop in a holiday house, investment property, granny flat, renovating for profit or refurbishing a dated house as you don’t want to over capitalise.  Budget ultimately is what dictates selections for any renovation project.

Along the way there are different pieces we fall in love with which are worth spending a little more on, for example pendant lighting or stools for the kitchen counter.  With that in mind it’s there is a case for laminate kitchen benchtops in your next kitchen renovation project.

Cover photo by www.laminatedbenchtops.com.au


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