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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questiuons in respect of both Laminate and Solid Wood Worktops. In the event that you have a question that is not answered below 

Question:  What are the advantages and disadvantages of both Laminate and Solid Wood Worktops? 

Answer - Laminate - Advantages of laminate are relative low price, hard wearing, many colours and effects available. Disadvantages are chipboard core which are subject to water ingress if badly installed. Solid Wood - Advantges are no chipboard core to suffer water ingress problems, scratches and surface marks can be sanded out. Disadvantages are tops can split if not installed correctly.

Question:  What is the core of a Laminate Worktop made of?

Answer – Chipboard.

Question:  How thick is the actual Laminate on a Worktop?

Answer - Laminate thickness varies depending on the manufacturer but is about 0.7mm.

Question:  What is the difference between a Quadra profile and a Classic profile in respect of the Duropal range?

Answer - The Duropal classic profile has a 6mm radius on the postformed edge and the Quadra profile has a 3mm radius.

Question:  Can I Order a non stock bespoke size of worktop – both Laminate and Solid Wood and if so what would be the estimated lead time?

Answer - Only the sizes listed on the website are available to order.

Question:  How long should both Laminate and Solid Wood Worktops last?

Answer - Both will last for many, many years and would probably only be replaced when a new kitchen is fitted.

Question:  If I buy a Solid Wood Worktop do I need to seal it, if so with what?

Answer - Yes, you must seal initially on all surfaces and edges with at least 3 coats of finishing oil. We recommend Liberon finishing oil. Top up coats should be applied , 2 in the first year and then as required afterwards

Question:  Can I place hot pans directly onto both Laminate and Solid Wood Worktops?

Answer - Do not place hot pans directly onto your work surface – you may damage it. Always use a board or trivet.

Question:  Are Laminate Worktops easy to cut and rout?

Answer - Yes laminate worktops can be cut easily with a saw and cutouts for hobs and sinks can be cut out with a jig saw. Corners must be rounded to avoid stress cracking of the laminate surface.

Question:  What type of saw blade should I use to cut both Laminate and Solid Wood worktops with?

Answer - Fine saw blades are best to avoid chipping out of the laminate

Question:  How heavy are both Laminate and Solid Wood Worktops – Do they need 2 men to lift and fit?

Answer - Worktops are heavy, a 4100 x 600 laminate worktop weighs on average about 65-70 KGS and a 4100 x900 laminate worktop weighs approx. 100-110 KGS. Solid wood worktops can be even heavier.

Question:  If my worktop gets marked, dented, chop marks on it etc, what is the best way to repair?

Answer - Laminate worktops cannot easily be repaired but wooden worktops can be sanded and filled etc.