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Old 08-13-2018, 07:28 PM   #16
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Re: Laminate Countertops

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Totally agree on high quality laminate. I just saw my daughter's new house (built in 2013). I actually had to closely study their kitchen counters, paired with fairly high end cherry finished cabinet, to confirm they were laminate not stone. I was suitably impressed. Laminate is much for forgiving or user friendly in terms of heat, acids, etc. We have stone in our bathroom but the worst it is subjected to is water.

I consider a house a place to live and raise a family, not as an investment vehicle. If you are building or renovating to sell it may be a different metric since stone seems to be what the market wants.

Lenaitch..... INTERESTING...

In the early 90's, with two young (as in active partyiers getting into high school) kids, and two dogs, I thought just like you.... I put in the game room and through the living room, PERGO Laminate.... a definate downgrade from finished natural woods in our area.

It performed fantastic... we would have the baseball teams later before college, with kegs of beer throughout the home, (no one was allowed to leave after learning to drink)... still looked great after 20-25years...absolutely no maintenance over 20-25 years.

And get this, one buyer came along with three middle school daughters... the pergo was a selling point for him.....

Got lucky, but in general as an investment, I say stay within the parameters and expectations for your price range and area market.

But, also important to build for your budget and your intended use and likes.
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Re: Laminate Countertops

We did laminate in our kitchen. Wilsonart makes a beautiful high end formica called Wilsonart HD with custom edges. Looks just like granite until you look underneath!
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Thank you all for your responses!

Will be checking out the Wilsonart.
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Where else could I use my WD-40 and 0000 steel wool to clean grease build up.
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