Laminate Benchtops

A great economical option

Laminate benchtops, also known as Formica benchtops, are the most economical option on the market. Some laminate looks very similar to stone.

Our normal benchtop thickness is 36mm. We use a solid moisture resistant substrate and glue the laminate with a cross-linking PVA glue that is then thermo-set ensuring a lifetime bond.

Laminate benchtop benefits

  • Hundreds of colors to choose from.
  • Available in different surface finish, Matt, Gloss, Satin, Etched and Textured
  • Solid 35mm moisture resistant substrate.
  • Can be made in thicknesses from 17mm to 60mm or even larger
  • Non-porous.
  • Stain resistant.
  • Easy to maintain.

Front Edge Profile

 

Advantages

  • Best option for front edge.
  • Laminate is continuous from the top to the front to the underside of the benchtop.
  • There is no break in the pattern of the laminate.
  • Soft on the hands.
  • Most common radius is 9mm

 

Disadvantages

  • Not suitable for curved fronts
  • A join is needed every time there is a change in direction of the benchtop.
  • Not suitable when there is a waterfall leg

 

Rolled Front Edge

Profile of Rolled Front Edge

Advantages

  • Can do curves.
  • Can avoid a join if the benchop dimension overall size is less than 3600 x 1500mm.
  • Ideal for waterfall legs.

 

Disadvantages

  • The dark edge of the laminate sheet is seen.
  • The laminate pattern is not continuous between the top and front surfaces. Only noticeable with large patterns, veins.
  • Costs more than a rolled front edge.

 

Square Front Edge (No Join)

Dark Line of Square Front Edge

Curved Front Edge

Advantages

  • Premium look
  • No visible dark edges
  • Color printed on the outside surface of the ABS tape.
  • Color printed on the inside surface of the Acrylic tape.
  • Has all the advantages of Square Front Edge profile.

 

Disadvantages

  • Costs more than Square Front Edge profile.
  • Only selected colors are available with ABS / Acrylic Edges

 

ABS Front Edge

Acrylic Front Edge

Benchtop End

 
  • Most common method to end the benchtop.
  • Used for benchtops with either Rolled or Square front edge profile.

 

Clashed End

On benchtops with Rolled Front Edge profile, we can roll the end of the benchtop, however, we need to chop the corner as it is impossible to have both rolls meeting perfectly on the corner and still look acceptable.

Not all laminate colors can be rolled on the ends due to the way the laminate sheet is manufactured.

 

Rolled End with chopped corner

Sink Mounting

 

Advantages

  • Protect the laminate edge from damage.
  • More long lasting.
  • The recommended method for fitting the sink into the laminate.

 

Disadvantages

  • Water cannot be squeegeed into the sink bowl

 

Top Mount Sink

Advantages

  • Water can be squeegeed into the sink bowl.

 

Disadvantages

  • If objects hit the edge of the sink bowl, the laminate edge will bear the brunt of the impact, with time, the edge will not look good.
  • More labour intensive and therefore costs more than top mount.
  • Not all sinks can be fitting under mount into laminate benchtops.

 

Under Mount Sink

Upstands

 

Advantages

  • Laminate is a continuous piece from the top surface to the top of the upstand.
  • Excellent waterproofing of the wall.
  • There is no break in the pattern of the laminate.
  • Your splashback is done with the benchtop.

 

Disadvantages

  • Adds to the cost, however, it could be cheaper than a glass or tile splashback

 

Coved Upstand

Advantages

  • Good waterproofing of the wall.
  • Your splashback is done with the benchtop.
  • Can be placed at back of benchtop or end of benchtop

 

Disadvantages

  • The laminate pattern is not continuous between the top and the upstand. Only noticeable with large patterns, veins.

 

Square Upstand

Other specifications

 
  • A small notch at the end of the benchtop to avoid a sharp corner

 

Softened Corner

  • Applying a radius of ANY size to a benchtop corner.
  • Only applies for Square, ABS or Acrylic Front Edge profiles.
  • Or we can copy any existing radius.

 

Radius Corner

Popular Colours

Here are some popular colour options, click on the image to see a larger sample. View all preferred colours here.

More Colours

Laminex / Formica

Laminex New Zealand is the supplier of Formica and Laminex brands of High Pressure Laminate. For color options, follow the link below to get to the laminate page.

Wilsonart

Acero is the supplier of Wilsonart brand High Pressure Laminate. For color options, follow the link below to get to the laminate page.

Prime

New Zealand Panel Group is the supplier of Prime brand of High Pressure Laminate. For color options, follow the link below to get to the laminate page.

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