Kitchen Countertops / September 5, 2018 / Darrence Miller
Stainless steel countertops are brains, beauty and brawn rolled into one hardworking surface. This professional chef–worthy surface stands up to abuse yet spiffs up easily to a glamorous showstopping shine. Are stainless steel counters right for you? This will help you find out.
The basics: Plastic laminate countertops consist of a wafer-thin finish adhered to a plywood or particleboard substrate. That thin finish is a high-pressure laminate (HPL); it’s made of three layers of material bonded together by high heat and pressure: a clear melamine top for protection, a decorative layer and a backing made of phenolic resin-coated kraft paper. Well-known laminate manufacturers include Formica, Wilsonart and Nevamar.
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