Plastic Laminate Countertops Just Keep Getting Better

By: Danny Lipford
Natural looking plastic laminate countertop

Wilsonart Bella Capri plastic laminate countertop from VT Industries

When I started out in the remodeling business over 30 years ago, I installed more than my share of plastic laminate countertops. While not considered the most attractive or natural looking material for countertops, plastic laminate had the twin virtues of being both durable and inexpensive.

With the rise in popularity of another plastic based countertop material—solid surface, often known by the trade name Corian®—along with improved manufacturing techniques for natural stone such as granite, it looked like plastic laminate’s days were numbered. But since solid surface and natural stone remain much more expensive, plastic laminate is still the countertop material of choice for millions of homeowners on a limited budget.

Granite pattern in Formica 180fx

Granite pattern in Formica 180fx

All that has changed in the past few years, however, due to the introduction of new plastic laminate patterns and edge profiles that are hard to distinguish from real stone. From compound curves on edges to more natural looking patterns, plastic laminate countertops are more attractive than ever.

The latest and most realistic looking plastic laminate product I’ve come across is Formica 180fx, which replicates the look of real natural stone. Available in a range of patterns and colors, Formica 180fx is made from photographic reproductions of actual slabs of granite, and mark the next generation in the evolution of plastic laminate countertop materials for your kitchen.

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  • Brenda Says:
    August 10th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Really want to use this on my Formica countertops but I have a wood trim around the edge should I remove or keep it or should I cover it as we’ll with this product (will it stick to the wood)



  • Roberta Moller Says:
    May 3rd, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I like the looks of this new plastic laminate countertop. Where can I buy this? Does it have to be special ordered and cut or can I purchase this from stock and have my repairman make the cuts?



  • pat Says:
    September 14th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I want to remove and replace the old plastic laminate from my kitchen counter tops. They are bulging at the centers and won,t lay flat any more?



  • SHARON CRAWFORD Says:
    July 31st, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    THE COUNTER TOP ABOVE IS EXACTLY LIKE THE ONE THEY PUT IN AFTER THE HURRICANE (KATRINA)! EXACTLY..NOW I DON’T KNO ABOUT IT BEING PLASTIC LOL BUT A IT’S NOT CHEAP LOOKING. OH BY WAY, I HAVE 2 x 2 INCHES THAT BROKE-OFF RIGHT AT THE CORNER. HOW I GO ABOUT REPAIRING THIS? HELP!!!!! SHARON


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