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What is the average life expectancy of a laminate countertop?
Monday, June 29, 2020
How long does a laminate countertop last?
You can expect a laminate countertop to last 15 to 40 years, with an average of 25 years. The variable levels of use and care are the reason for the wide lifespan range. Using the surface as a cutting board or putting hot pans directly on the it causes scratches and burns. Also, dings accumulate at outside corners and abrasive cleaners deteriorate the printed surface.
Here’s a bar graph that compares the life expectancy of a laminate countertop to other available materials.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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