post form laminate kitchen island countertop with a plate of fruit and a coffee sitting on top

Post Form Laminate

Originally contributed by • last updated 2/22/2021

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Norfolk Kitchen & Bath

If you’ve ever looked at installing a new countertop, you probably know that there are quite a few options available, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Natural stone countertops typically come with a higher price tag, while less expensive options may not provide the durability you’re looking for. One option that might appeal to anyone on a tight budget or timeline is known as post form laminate countertops.

Definition

Post form laminate countertops are called “post form” because the laminate veneer is layered overtop the pre-manufactured base after it has been formed to the correct size and shape. The soft laminate is rolled over the base as one solid sheet and cut to size, creating a seamless surface with the backsplash and edges. The laminate sheets are typically secured to the particle board substrate base with an adhesive and the final product is often installed in sections or as one piece when possible. Although they are not as durable as natural stone countertops, post form laminates are quite strong and mimic the high-end appearance of more expensive alternatives.

What Are The Pros and Cons of a Post Form Laminate Countertop?

If part of your kitchen renovation is replacing your old countertop, you’re probably already aware of how expensive some options, like slate or marble, can be. But, not all kitchen countertop options have to be out of your price range. Post form laminate countertops may be a great solution in certain situations, especially if budget and are concerns for you. However, there are a few things to consider before making a final decision:

  • Here are some of the main advantages of a post form laminate countertop. They are economical, with options far below half the price of a natural stone option. They are available in many colors and designs and can be customized to your style needs. They are also much quicker to install than other types of countertops.
  • Some of the big disadvantages are that post form laminate countertops are easier to damage than some other countertop surfaces. They are prone to scratches and damage from hot surfaces, such as pots and pans. Also, they do not add resale value to the home like natural stone countertops.