Dispelling the Myths About Wilsonart Laminate Countertops
Wilsonart laminate countertops went through a
low point in popularity over the last two decades of the twentieth century, but at the start of the new
millennium, they began their resurgence in the home improvement and kitchen décor marketplace. There are
several reasons for the return of their popularity, from the ease of its installation to the strikingly low
price in comparison to other kitchen counter materials. One of the main reasons that some people still
hesitate to consider Wilsonart laminate countertops for their own renovation projects is that they still
adhere to a number of myths that had spread about this type of laminate.
The truth is that both Wilsonart laminate countertops and laminate sheets in general have come a long way, so
many of the beliefs about this material are either out of date or were never true in the first place. Before
you make any final decisions about Wilsonart laminate countertops, have a look at the following myths and get to
know the truth so that you won’t make a decision based on false information.
Myth 1: It is extremely easy to chip or scratch Wilsonart laminate countertops
Many people base their opinion of Wilsonart laminate countertops on their old memories of the laminate surface
substance from the 60’s and 70’s, or from old motel rooms counters that have taken quite a beating.
Therefore, the mental image of the product is that of a counter that has been scratched, scuffed, peeling and
damaged. Those old surfaces were more “naked” forms of the material that used to be sold, decades ago.
Today’s manufacture of Wilsonart laminate countertops includes a protective layer that is bound to the surface
of the laminate, which makes it 500 percent more resistant to scratches and scuffs, as well as 400 percent more
resistant to everyday wear. While it is still possible to scratch them if certain precautions aren’t taken –
such as using a cutting board when chopping or slicing with a knife, a precaution recommended for most counter
surfaces – they are much more durable than they once were.
Myth 2: Wilsonart laminate countertops melt very easily
Due to the materials that are used to make Wilsonart laminate countertops, such as plastics, coatings, resins,
and binders, people often believe that even the slightest amount of heat will cause scorch, burn, and melt
While it is important to use a trivet or a potholder when setting a hot pot or pan down on the countertop, these
surfaces are actually capable of resisting temperatures of up to 150 degrees.
Myth 3: Wilsonart laminate countertops aren’t just inexpensive, they’re cheap
Since Wilsonart laminate countertops are much less expensive than many other counter materials, many people
think that they must be of poor quality or shoddy construction. In actuality, Wilsonart laminate countertops
are a product that can last a lifetime when they are properly maintained.
As you design your new kitchen, don’t forget to consider Wilsonart laminate countertops based on the facts, and
set those popular myths aside.
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