Any kitchen requires a surface that will not be exposed to moisture and other influences. Countertops do an excellent job with this task.Let’s consider the types of plastic used in the production of kitchen countertops, its operational features. What color scheme is better to choose. Let’s read consumer reviews to make the right choice. We will find out the features of the installation of countertops and what tool is used. And also with types of ready-made tables for the kitchen with plastic worktops.
Types of plastics used in the manufacture of kitchen countertops
Plastic is a polymer material consisting of several layers of paper impregnated with polymer resin and pressed under pressure. The consumer qualities of the product depend on the properties of the material. In the production of kitchen countertops, two types of plastic are used:
- HPL – high pressure plastic;
- CPL – low pressure plastic.
CPL plastic is able to withstand temperatures up to 150 degrees
The difference in the properties of plastic is determined by the peculiarities of their production. HPL plastic has the best consumer qualities. Resistant to short-term exposure to high temperatures. Withstands temperatures at 2400C for about 20 seconds. Does not fade, the color of your countertop will last for a long time. Resistant to falling cutlery, forks, spoons.
CPL plastic has the worst consumer properties. Less resistant to mechanical damage and high temperatures. It is used in the manufacture of rounded, streamlined shapes.
Manufacturing HPL worktops (video)
Plastic kitchen countertops design
The worktop is the unifying design element of the entire kitchen. The color scheme for the countertop is chosen in accordance with the overall style of the kitchen. Manufacturers offer various color solutions, as well as imitations for other materials from which kitchen countertops are made..
The color of the countertop must be in harmony with the color of the walls in the kitchen.
The correct choice of a unifying element, countertops, is the main task in the design of a kitchen.
Under the influence of sunlight and time, the color of the countertop may change. White and black colors and their variations remain unchanged..
Consider some reviews of plastic kitchen countertops.
Here Karina writes: “Thank you, our plastic countertop is already four years old, it looks like new”.
Let’s comment on this review. With intensive use and proper care of the plastic countertop surface, it will last at least 5 years..
Irina: “I have a glossy orange countertop. The whole kitchen is orange. Color – stunned, but all the droplets, fingerprints – to see. And I have small children. Let’s move, order a matte tabletop “.
Matte plastic color is more practical, dirt and small scratches are not so visible.
If you have a small kitchen, then the best solution would be a worktop with a glossy surface.
Elizaveta: “I wanted to order a granite countertop for a new kitchen. But the price is stunned … More expensive than the whole kitchen “.
Inexpensive plastic kitchen countertops, a great budget choice.
Alina: “The neighbors flooded our kitchen. And the plastic end came off my countertop. What to do? Help”.
Plastic countertops, like any other product, can be used in certain conditions. They tolerate short-term exposure to high temperatures and moisture well. With prolonged exposure to these factors, plastic countertops become unusable..
Plastic kitchen countertops are characterized by democratic prices, therefore, they are easier to replace than to repair..
When purchasing plastic countertops, you need to pay attention to what material they are made of. HPL plastic is more resistant to adverse external influences. Worktops 38 mm thick are more moisture resistant than 28 mm thick.
Self-installation of plastic countertops in the kitchen
You have decided on the choice of countertop. Now you can install it. It’s not hard to do it yourself.
To do this, you need the following tools:
- Electric drill;
- Drill for concrete;
Before installing the countertop, it is advisable to drill holes with a diameter of 5mm
The installation process is as follows:
- We dismantle the old countertop. We level the cabinets and cabinets using the level. An important stage, the correct installation of the plastic tabletop depends on it.
- Then we make the markup. Leave a gap of 5 mm between the wall and the countertop. We mark the required hole for the sink. We mark the countertop for other existing kitchen equipment. Mark ledges.
- In places where the cut is made, we glue construction tape to prevent chips. With an electric jigsaw, we make the necessary cut along the markings.
- The cutting sites are processed with a file. Pressing hard is not worth it. It is better to make a few light movements, the quality of the processed surface will be higher.
- We install a sink and other equipment on the countertop. We carry out the wiring, if there is one.
- Place the countertop in place. We fix it with special fasteners on the cabinets. If necessary, we make holes in the wall and attach special brackets to the wall and countertop.
- Sometimes the end comes off plastic countertops. To prevent this defect, we finish the ends with decorative elements. We fill the remaining space with sealant. We install the silicone skirting board.
- Everything. Wipe with a damp sponge. The table top is ready to use.
Tables with plastic top for kitchen
Or maybe you need to purchase a ready-made kitchen table with a plastic countertop? Consider the features of these products.
The shapes of the countertops are derived from two shapes: a square and a circle. Taking into account the general design of the kitchen, you can choose a table that will emphasize the originality and creativity..
In order for the tabletop to last longer, it is advisable to treat it with polyurethane
The shape of the countertop and its colors should be in harmony. And there are a lot of colors for kitchen countertops..
A good choice is the transformer tables. They allow you to save space in the kitchen. And also increase the number of seats at the dining table when guests come to you.
The main types of transformer tables:
When you buy a transformer table, you are essentially acquiring two items. You can change the height of these tables. You can make a magazine out of the dining room. A book-table quickly turns from a dining room to a nightstand and back again. It is easy to move from room to room.
How is the process of installing countertops in the kitchen (video)
Plastic countertops have won such popularity for a reason. Economical and practical. They have a wide range of colors. Easy to maintain and install. With careful treatment and high-quality workmanship, they will last for many years.
Examples of plastic countertops for the kitchen (photo)