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Hi everyone, first post here.
So we moved into a Persimmon new build 3yrs ago and the cheap kitchen worktop is looking worse for wear. Now my French father in-law has been an artisan tiler over the last 50yrs and says he thinks its possible to tile over the worktop rather than the hassle and cost of replacing it. The only thing he's not too sure about is both the surface and the curved edges. In France tiling worktops is common however they don't usually have formica tops, they're either solid wood or various stones and granites. I've noticed Dural dp Aluminium Worktop Countertop Edging For Tiles - 2.5m. - https://www.nationalstairnosings.co.uk/aluminium-worktop-countertop-edging-for-tiles-2-5m/ is available from a supplier to finish the edges but again I don't know if it would be high enough to cover the curved edge of worktop. Has anyone managed to successfully tile a laminate worktop?
Any advice would be most welcome, thanks, Matt
 
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Hi everyone, first post here.
So we moved into a Persimmon new build 3yrs ago and the cheap kitchen worktop is looking worse for wear. Now my French father in-law has been an artisan tiler over the last 50yrs and says he thinks its possible to tile over the worktop rather than the hassle and cost of replacing it. The only thing he's not too sure about is both the surface and the curved edges. In France tiling worktops is common however they don't usually have formica tops, they're either solid wood or various stones and granites. I've noticed Dural dp Aluminium Worktop Countertop Edging For Tiles - 2.5m. - https://www.nationalstairnosings.co.uk/aluminium-worktop-countertop-edging-for-tiles-2-5m/ is available from a supplier to finish the edges but again I don't know if it would be high enough to cover the curved edge of worktop. Has anyone managed to successfully tile a laminate worktop?
Any advice would be most welcome, thanks, Matt
It won't last . It will come unstuck due to the nature of the Formica .
 
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As your better half how she/he feels about keeping the grout clean.
By the time you've bought tiles,adhesive, fitted them and waited for it to dry before you can use it, you could have new worktop fitted and done.
 

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If you really must do it screw 6mm hardie backer to the formica worktop first , but as above it will probably work out more money than replacing the old worktops with new ones . Kop
 

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Approx £300-£400 in materials.

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So rough cost to replace with good quality laminate worktop (1.5 blanks) is £300 materials plus a days labour £200 for someone that knows what there doing.
I know what route I’d be doing, then again I’m a kitchen fitter and not a pro tiler
 

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Thing is, I really don't want a laminate worktop again. Ideally quartz if money wasn't an issue or tiled worktop. My father in-law would be tiling for free so no labor costs to add in. O ly other option is a solid wood top but I have no experience with costs and weather to go with a precut and delivered job to save costs or get a kitchen fitter in.
 

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In what way are they worse for wear, if they are actual Formica worktops they have a pretty good warranty and they should offer replacement if it’s wear and they are not damaged.
 

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Edges chipping off, cups fell ot the cupboard and toog a chunk out of the curved edge. All surfaces show microscratches. Just naff to be fair.
 

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Oh ok, if you like quartz but it’s out of your budget solid surface worktops will be cheaper. They sit between solid wood and quartz price wise.
 

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Solid surface?! I've not heard of that before.
 

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Look at granite transformations UK they clad over the existing work tops in all sorts of materials . Cheers kop
 

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Don’t rate ur chances of granite transformations being very competitive. I had a customer who had a quote from them, I managed to supply 20mm quartz tops for less than they quoted!
 

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Don’t rate ur chances of granite transformations being very competitive. I had a customer who had a quote from them, I managed to supply 20mm quartz tops for less than they quoted!
So how much for my size of worktop?!
 

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In which material?
I prefer quartz due to cost and less maintenance than granite.
 
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As already mentioned- 6mm Hardiebacker, glued and screwed, taped and filled. Not that I’m an expert on Laminate worktop tiling though.

Speaking about the curve you mentioned.....??

Are you talking about the bullnose? I’d rip it off with a Plunge saw and board it.
 

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I remember doing tiled tops 25-30 years ago, looked naff then and even more naff now.
Replace laminate with quartz with a sink and hob cutout wud be approx £1.2-1.5k but you'd have a worktop that’ll look great forever.
 

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Nice bit of quartz on this one but as everything in life you get what you paid for . Kop

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Solid surface?! I've not heard of that before.
We fit a lot of Minerva solid surface worktops.
Just stay away from wood cored versions as they are nothing but trouble.
 
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On a similar customer diy project I came across earlier last year...mmmm

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