Let the SCHOOLINGbegin A Square edge top is where laminate is glued on a inch and half medium density Fiber board (MDF). The front edge is glued first, then the top is Applied. Making this type of countertop you will see a brown line on the front edge. Laminate comes in standard sizes the biggest being 60” by 144”. If your top is bigger than the laminate there will be a seam in your top. Seams are usually placed in the sink or cook top area.The corners can be radius or square.Normally all outside corners will be radius.
While a laminate countertop is strong, it can be scratched, cut, or chipped, especially on its edges. Knives or sharp utensils can slice or scratch the surface, so use a cutting board to chop and slice. Abrasive items can scratch the surface, so placemats are recommended to keep the finish fresh. Certain chemicals can stain a laminate surface, especially inks and dyes. Laminate can also be scorched or separate from its substrate if exposed to temperatures above 150 degrees Fahrenheit. To protect against damage, place hot pans or dishes on a trivet or hot-mat. Laminate cannot be repaired. Some third-party seam-fill kits may make damage less noticeable cannot completely repair a piece that is damaged. Below you will find information on different options of square edge tops.
Option #1 Square Edge top with no backslpash This top is made when there will be a different material for the backsplash (tile or stainless steel).No frills just a simple top. Quick installation,lower cost in fabrication. In most cases these tops must be tem plated.
Option #2 Square edge top with a loose backsplash The splash is placed on top of countertop, usually after installation. There will be a caulk line where backsplash and top meet. This top Is for kitchens that may have uneven walls. Caulk line will need to be replaced a few years after installation.