Tile and laminate countertops are two very popular, affordable and fashionable products that home renovators love – but how do they measure up against one another? Here’s some insight from experts in Formica countertop edging:
- Variety: A visit to a store will tell you that there are hundreds of options available to you in terms of different tiles, from porcelain and natural stone tiles to granite tiles – all in a huge range of color. Unfortunately, not all of these tiles can be used on your countertop, as they are often porous and easily stained, chipped or cracked. Laminate, however, also offers you a huge range of styles, from every color of the rainbow to designs that look almost exactly like high end stone, marble and even wood – you’ll struggle to tell them apart! All of these will be perfectly suited to even the busiest kitchens.
- Maintenance: Tiles may sound easy to maintain, but the reality is different. Dust, liquids and other debris gather easily in the grouting and can quickly become stained – or worse – a breeding ground for bacteria. Laminate is almost completely seamless, ensuring that it stays perfectly hygienic as long as it is regularly wiped down with a mild household cleaner.
- General use: Even when they are expertly laid, tiles can be an uneven surface for use in the kitchen. Tiles can also crack easily if they come into contact with heat, or a utensil is accidentally dropped on them. Laminate is one of the most durable materials with regards to general kitchen use – it can withstand a decent amount of heat and, unless you apply a knife directly to its surface, won’t get cut, cracked or chipped easily. Its durability is what keeps it looking great for years or even decades to come!
- Installation: This is important because the amount of labor needed will directly affect the cost of your countertops. Tile is more time-consuming to install and you’ll need to hire a specialist to ensure that you get a good job. These counters are heavy, so your cupboards need to be able to withstand this increased weight load. Laminate countertops are very quick to install – and can even be done yourself if you’re experienced at DIY. They will arrive in pieces that have been custom cut to fit your space, be fitted in and glued in place – so you’re ready to enjoy your new space as soon as possible.
Formica countertop edging that adds protection, durability and style
Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative laminate countertop edging products including beveled edge laminate countertop trim and edging for granite like laminate. Our aim is to give our clients access to a huge range of beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.
For more information about countertop edge profiles and Formica countertop edging options, please contact us today and speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers.