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Can I compare a formica countertop with a granite countertop?These are 
the questions I always get asked.Well ,can you compare wood with stone?
No you can't!Same goes for countertops.A formica countertop is made up
of chipboard as the core of the countertop and laminated with formica on the
surface of the chipboard.The formica material it self also comes in a roll
and can be used to stick above the countertop below the wall unit as a back
splash.You can also make up your own laminated kitchen countertop by
cutting a piece of chipboard,preferably 32mm thick,the shape you want and
then sticking the formica onto the chipboard.One of the best glues to use
would be either Contact glue or my favorite Gemkem.A formica countertop
isn't as durable as a granite countertop but it is durable.If you take care of
your countertop you will get allot of mileage out of it.

How do you take care of your counter tops?Unlike granite where you can cut 
on and place hot pots on ,you can not do the same with formica counter tops.
Although a formica countertop is scratch and heat resistant it isn't scratch
and heat proof.This means you can not cut on a formica countertop or place 
a hot pot on it but you can drag a pot across the counter without scratching
it as well as place cooler temperature pots and pans on it without burning
a hole in the formica.So if you're asking whether a granite countertop is
tougher than a formica countertop you have your answer but remember 
,granite cost's about 5 times more than formica.And that's the cheaper
granite I'm talking about.Plus you can cut the countertop to size yourself
you don't need special machines and templates like you'd need with
granite.This makes the formica countertop installation process allot easier.

Installing a formica countertop is very easy.So easy that fitters sometimes
rush the job and make mistakes.Don't make this mistake."Measure twice 
cut once" is your number one rule when fitting a countertop,specialy when
doing intricate measurements like your cut-outs for your sink and hob.
Remember,it's much easier to prevent a mistake than to fix one....that's if 
it can be fixed.Formica counter tops also aren't waterproof so when you've
finished your sink and hob's cut out seal the inside of the cut outs with 
marine silicone.The kind you use to build fishtanks with.This will prevent
water from drawing into the chipboard and we all know what happens when
water touches chipboard.Let's just say "it's like mixing water with Weatbix".

A formica countertop is also easier to handle and lighter to work with.
If you've ever carried a slab of granite up three flights of stairs you will 
know what I'm talking about.It's also easier to repair formica than granite.
Well....with regards to repairing the edging it is.If the edging on the side of
the kitchen counter comes off you can use Gemken or contact glue to stick
the kitchen countertop edging back.Apply one layer of glue on the 
kitchen countertop and let it dry.ONLY AFTER IT DRIED!!!!apply another
layer of glue on the wood and on the edging.Wait for the glue to be almost
dry and then stick the edging on the kitchen countertop.Sorry for yelling the
"only after it dried" but most people only apply one layer of glue on the
kitchen countertop and on the edging that's why it always comes loose. 
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