Laminate worktops are the most common type in the UK historically. Laminate worktops are available in virtually every colour, style and texture imaginable. From those that look like natural materials such as granite, marble, slate and wood through to those that are vibrant colours giving an ultra modern look.
Laminate worktops can have a distinctly curved edge or a more squared edge as shown in the picture below. Worktops are usually available in 2m and 4m lengths (approximately) and some manufacturers also produce 3m lengths of some designs as standard too. Often worktops are 3.6m (3600mm) and 4.1m (4100mm). Quality manufacturers include Axiom, Duropal and Bushboard.
Laminate worktops are made from a board made from chips of wood, bonded with a water resistance adhesive. This is covered with the laminate material that gives the colour and texture. Laminate is water resistant, highly durable and is available with the options of matching splashbacks, breakfast bars and upstands.
A breakfast bar is a worktop with both long edges finished in the laminate material (worktops on the other-hand only have one long edge finished because the unfinished edge will be the edge that meets the wall/tiles behind it).