Oct 29, 2007 4:32 pm
Following on from my earlier post about the maximum length of laminate benchtop....
I e-mailed the laminate company and they say the maximum length of the laminate is 3660mm. Our kitchen however, is just slightly longer than this (think about 3675ish). When we did the original colour choices we decided to upgrade the oven to a built in model because they look nicer! At no stage were we told that this would mean we would then have an unsightly join in our benchtop. We could then have chosen a different laminate which may join together less noticably, or just stuck with the standard cooker.
The laminate we have chosen is a wood colour with grain marks along the length. These grain marks are obviously different either side of the join so it's not really a good choice of laminate to have a join down the middle. Could they have put the join in a less noticable place? Can it go directly beside the stove top or would this cause problems with heat etc?
I feel all this should have been explained to us while we were choosing our options. (We're building with M3tric0n)
We're not happy to go ahead with handover with it like this but what are our options? Should we get them to replace the whole benchtop for a different colour (which may not match with the rest of our kitchen!), or downgrade our oven to the stand alone variety?
Any suggestions would be most welcome!
Re: Join in benchtop4
Oct 29, 2007 4:45 pm
This is the colour we've chosen:
http://www.parbury.com.au/wilsonart/lar ... on%20Maple
You can see the lines along it - they just don't join up!
Re: Join in benchtop5
Oct 29, 2007 4:55 pm
Putting a join near a cutout for a stove top or a sink is never really a good idea as there is no material for the benchtop connectors to fasten into and can (will) lead to problems further down the track.
Since you have a top that is longer than most of the longest sheets of laminate available (there are a few that are now being made in 4000+ lengths) you really can only do as you suggested - put in the upright oven - I agree with you that built in units are nicer - or change your laminate choice and put the join somwhere not near a cutout.
As to the culpability of the builder, you should definitely try and see what they have to say about this; but issues like joins are a matter of attention to detail that is a reflection of the amount of effort your builder perceives as being appropriate (cost effective) for the job.
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Re: Join in benchtop6
Feb 29, 2008 8:50 pm
I'm a newbie to this forum, and only just read your post.
HMR benchtop boards only come in 3.6m lengths.
However, the vinyl covering comes in long rolls.
In 2006, a company (KT3 in southern Adelaide suburb of Lonsdale), maybe others as well, joined a 3.6m board with a 0.4m board for me. Then they applied a 4m long vinyl covering. There is still a join in the substrate but the visual surface is one continous surface (no joins). Note, just have to be specially careful when moving such long benchtops (can get damaged by their own weight sagging in the middle).
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