Laminate cabinets are built with medium-density laminate - a combination of wood byproducts and resin glued together under heat and hydraulic pressure. Durable plastic is laminated to both sides to produce solid sheets of material that's cut and assembled into cabinets.
Laminate comes in a wide-range of realistic-looking natural patterns from woodgrain to marble and granite and can be made in any color. Or you can select graphic patterns as well as mix and match to create your own unique look.
When properly cared for, laminate cabinets have longevity, but wooden cabinets typically last longer. Laminate itself is very tough. It's hard to dent or scratch.
When comparing an average set of cabinets, laminate cabinets can typically be purchased at half the cost or less of a comparable set of wooden cabinets. This difference alone can make laminate cabinets a good option for remodeling on a budget. However, if you plan on selling the home at a later date, the extra value gained from installing solid wood cabinets adds resale value to your home.
Laminate is also a great option for heavy traffic areas like offices and commercial spaces.