Laminate consists of two basic materials: the laminate surface itself and the base. The base is typically particle board or another wood-based material onto which the laminate is applied. The laminate surface is largely made up of paper, not plastic.

It is a sandwich with these layers, from top to bottom:

  • Melamine Resin - Transparent. Protects everything else below it.
  • The Overlay or Wear Layer - Paper similar to the paper used to make coffee filters or tea bags. Also carries some melamine resin and aluminum oxide with it.
  • Decorative Layer - This is the layer that has the color and design.
  • Kraft Paper - Similar to paper in grocery bags, the Kraft paper layer forms the core of the laminate surface. This paper is hardened with resins.

With arguably the largest selection of colors and designs in any material category, we strongly urge you contact us regarding your interest in laminate counter tops.

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