Since there are so many types of counter tops, we will only be discussing the most commonly used today the plastic laminate. These can be either pre-molded or self rimmed. Self-rimmed means you apply the laminate over an old counter top or a new counter top core.
Self rimmed plastic laminate counter tops are both handsome and durable for the hardworking kitchen, and they are not all that difficult to install. The sheets of 1/16" thickness are stocked with most dealers in 4 x 8 foot sheets but can be special ordered in a range from 2 to 5 foot widths and from 6 to 12 foot lengths. The laminate should be stored in your kitchen for at least 48 hours prior to installation to have time to adjust to the temperature and humidity.
Most Common Mistakes: Not sanding counter tops to the contours of the wall, Not applying the finish surface accurately, Not cutting the sink opening to the proper dimension, Scratching the countertop over the course of the installation, Puncturing the countertop with screws while fastening it to the base units, or When laminating your own countertop, not spreading enough adhesive. This will result in bubbles or may lift up in corners or along the edges.