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Formica LifeSeal Worktops

Why choose a Formica LifeSeal Worktop?

Choosing the right material for your countertops – especially in the kitchen – can be daunting. “What colour do I want? Does it match my tiles? Do I need to reseal it, and how often? Will it last? What about water and getting wet? Does it stain? How easy is it to clean? And how much is it going to cost me?” These are some of the common questions people have. Plus, there are so many options on the market that it can make the decision feel overwhelming. 

Here are some of the main considerations we suggest taking into account as you consider your options and evaluate PG Bison’s Formica LifeSeal Worktops.

Affordability

Many people aspire to a particular look or texture, whether it’s granite, engineered stone or wood, but may not have the budget for the real deal. That’s where PG Bison’s Formica LifeSeal Worktops range excels.

Both the print and surface texture technologies of high-pressure laminates (HPL) and melamine faced board (MFB) have come a long way in the past few years. The newer designs can be difficult to distinguish from real marble, granite, stone, timber or even metal.

Using a printed laminate surface not only offers sleek, sophisticated and realistic designs, but there are substantial cost benefits too. You can get a stone (engineered or natural), concrete or wood look worktop at a fraction of the price of the real material. And pricing remains within a consistent band across the Formica range, regardless of the designs and surface finishes you choose.

Durability and longevity

Formica LifeSeal Worktops provide an unbeatable, low-maintenance, durable and dependable work surface. Combining the strength of BisonBord with the durability of Formica HPL, they offer resistance to wear, scuff, impact, stain and moisture, making them ideal for kitchens.

Often, people’s biggest concern with using laminate worktops is moisture resistance. They may have seen laminate worktops fail around the edges of a sink, where the worktop’s back edge meets the wall, or at the underside of the front edge. These are all places where water has been able to penetrate the core and cause it to swell. However, this failure can be easily averted by taking the right steps during installation. 

  • During installation, all exposed edges, including the back edges where the worktop meets the wall, butt joints at the corners or breakfast nooks and cut-outs for sinks and stove-tops, need to be sealed with a suitable sealant to protect the core from moisture.
  • Various products can be used to achieve this seal, including marine varnish, enamel paint or other suitable sealers. The sealant is applied in a dabbing motion to ensure adequate penetration. Two coats are applied, with time to dry in between, to ensure an effective seal. 
  • With the edges properly sealed, there is very little risk of water penetrating the core, so the worktops will look fantastic for years to come.

In addition, our proprietary LifeSeal strip, supplied on all Formica tops, prevents water that has trickled down the front edge and under the worktop from penetrating the core, so your top will not swell at the front lip either. 

Locally manufactured

Because our Formica LifeSeal Worktops are locally manufactured, they are cost effective and reasily available from most leading board retailers. You get internationally inspired excellence and style, but without the excessive import and transport costs that go along with international trade.

Plus, buying PG Bison products contributes towards growing the local economy and securing local jobs.

Easy to maintain and clean

Another big positive of Formica LifeSeal Worktops is their low maintenance, easy-to-clean and hygienic surface.

The laminate manufacturing process produces a closed surface, so there are no microscopic openings in the surface where germs can harbour (in fact, laminate surfaces are one of only four worksurfaces permitted to be used in medical facilities).

A simple wipe down with a damp cloth and mild soap is enough to free the surface of dirt and leave it as hygienically clean as kitchens should be.

The surface does not require any resealing or polishing. Household polishes, including spray polishes, should actually be avoided, as these cause a sticky build-up on the surface and can trap dirt and germs.

The closed surface also makes Formica resistant to many staining agents, requiring a simple wipe down to remove them.  

Excellent colour and design range

One of the biggest advantages of our Formica LifeSeal Worktops, especially for those looking for decorative surface solutions, is the wide range of colours and designs. We’ve got everything from monotones to exquisite patterns, in both glossy and textured finishes.

Some of our most popular options currently include:

Textured:

    • Woodland Fusion
    • Saxon Oak
    • Brooklyn Loft

Gloss:

    • Kristall
    • Catalan
    • Rosetta
    • Aquila
    • Tucana

For more information, check out the Formica LifeSeal Worktops product page.