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Kitchen Countertops

How to Apply Cement Backer Board to a Plastic Laminate Countertop

John asks, “I plan to install tile on a Formica countertop with 1/4” cement backer board. Do I need to apply thin-set mortar between the backer board and Formica to stick it down?”

I would both glue and screw the cement backer board to the plastic laminate countertop before laying your tile.

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Kitchen with new plastic laminate countertops.

How to Install Plastic Laminate Kitchen Countertops

Plastic laminate countertops are now available in very realistic patterns that can mimic the look of stone at a fraction of the cost, and installing them makes a good DIY project. Watch this video to find out more.

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Realistic Granite Plastic Laminate

Recent advances in plastic laminate have made a product that closely resembles natural granite. Laminate, such as Formica 180fx, come in a range of colors and patterns that are so realistic, it’s hard to tell them from the real thing.

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Advantages of Installing Granite Countertops in Your Kitchen

Granite is very popular these days, and the price has come down substantially in the past few years thanks to faster and easier ways to cut it. Granite is user friendly and while it won’t scorch from a hot pan, it can scratch. Granite should be sealed once a year to prevent staining. Watch this video to find out more.

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Inexpensive Alternative to Granite Countertops for Your Kitchen

Some of the new plastic laminate countertops can mimic the look of natural stone at a much lower price. Made by various manufacturers and known as honed, etched, or textured, they not only look like stone but feel like it as well. At 50% to 65% less than stone, you can have the look you want while your budget remains intact.

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How to Choose Countertops for Your Kitchen

A wide range of countertop materials are available today in many colors and patterns, from plastic laminate and solid surface to tile and natural stone. Watch this video to find out more.

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Using Marble Tile for a Kitchen Countertop

Tom asks, “I’m considering installing marble tile countertops in my kitchen. Is marble a good choice for a kitchen countertop?”

Though marble is beautiful, it has significant disadvantages that make it less durable and require more maintenance than some of the other countertops options available.

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Innovative New Products for Your Kitchen and Bath

Technological advancements have led to a number of innovative new products for your home. These include durable, manmade materials for countertops, as well as advanced controls on kitchen stoves that aid in cooking. Watch this video to find out more.

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