Part V: Tile & Laminate Kitchen Countertops

by Owen Sechrist

Tile countertops were for many years considered a low end upgrade from laminate tops.  With the mind boggling array of tile choices and more advanced tile setting materials, grouts and edge trims tile has been resurging as an upscale countertop choice.

Schluter tile counter system

These countertops are sporting Schluter Systems' edge trims to give them a clean timeless look.



Wilsonart high definition counter

Laminate countertops have remained the most economical choice for kitchens, and manufacturers have stepped up the offerings with a wide selection of colors and patterns as well as interesting textures and sheens.  Laminate tops are the least durable of tops, though they often last for many years when well cared for.  If moisture gets beneath the laminate surface the substrate will swell and warp.  At that point you have two choices: replace the tops or live with it. For this reason it is important to have an experienced fabricator make your laminate tops and it's worth some extra dollars for a better substrate than your run of the mill particle board.

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Angela April 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

Hi, I think your website might be having
browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Opera, it looks fine but when opening
in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!

Other then that, wonderful blog!

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Owen Sechrist April 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thanks Angela, I’ll look into it….

Internet Explorer….Ugh! As much as I dislike it I guess with 70% of viewers using it it’s still got to render well. :-)

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