Do You Offer Expedited Shipping?

In most cases, we do offer quote based quicker shipping methods. If you have an urgent inquiry, please submit the request here.

What is Vertical Grade laminate?

Vertical Grade is a thinner laminate that is ideal for use on low wear surfaces such as cabinet faces and sides, doors, furniture, etc.

What Are Your Hours?

Open Mon- Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00pm Eastern Time

Frequently Asked Questions

About CMW

Can I get laminate sheets marked 'Free Shipping' packaged in separate boxes?

We are unable to offer Free Shipping for laminate in multiple boxes. Due to the large size of the cartons, and thus the cost, orders are packaged and shipped as efficiently as possible. In addition, separate orders to the same customer would be combined by the warehouse personnel for efficiency.

Do you offer faster shipping methods?

We can ship by faster methods, however, due to the size of the cartons required to ship most of our products, methods other than Fedex Ground can be quite cost prohibitive. Click Here to request an expedited shipping quote.

Do you ship outside of the U.S.?

We are currently shipping in the U.S. and Canada. However, you can arrange for shipping yourself and have the merchandise picked up at our warehouse. Please email ([email protected]) or call (866-322-3835) for further instructions.

How can I get a W-9 for taxes?

You can print a W-9 for the current year from here.

How quick do you ship?

Most orders ship from our facilities within 2 to 3 days. More information on our shipping policy can be found here.

Where are you located?

We are located in Coral Springs, FL, however some products may ship from one of our other convenient distribution centers to expedite processing.

Adhesives & Sealants

How far will a tube of Color Caulk cover?
The most common application is a 1/8″ bead that would run about 53 linear feet. The chart below tells how many feet you can expect to cover with a 5.5oz tube of caulk in various bead widths:

How long does Seamfil take to set?
Seamfil will cure in approximately one hour, but we recommend 24 hours for total cure. Learn more about Seamfil here.
What adhesive do you recommend for installing the backsplash?
You will need two different products for installing Backsplash.

  1. Titebond #7471 construction adhesive for attaching backsplash to your wall. This can be found in our installation section here and is easily applied with a standard caulking gun.
  2. Color matched caulk is an adhesive and sealant for attaching to your countertop. This makes a moisture resistant bond with your countertop and should not be substituted. Available in squeeze tubes.

Cabinet Hinges

How do I determine my Cabinet Door Overlay?
An overlay door lays on top of the cabinet frame or panel. You will need to look on the hinged side of the door to determine the overlay. Overlays can be a variety of sizes, with 1/4″ – 3/4″ being very common. Your door will overlap the frame by a specific dimension.

  1. Place a piece of tape (or make a pencil mark) along the back edge of the cabinet door (where the door meets the frame/panel).
  2. Open or remove the door & measure from your mark to the inner edge of the cabinet frame to determine your overlay. The result will be your door overlay measurement.

How do I know whether I need a Face Frame or Frameless hinge?
Face frame cabinets have a frame (usually 1-1/2″ to 2″ wide solid wood) that is attached to the front edges, or face, of the cabinet case. Hinges mount to this face frame. This is the most common style in American cabinets.

Frameless cabinets are essentially four-sided boxes with the hinges mounted to the cabinet interior. Frameless cabinets also are sometimes referred to as European Style.

There are adapter plates available that allow you to ‘go frameless’ if you are looking for that aesthetic.

What is the difference between Screw in & Press in (knock in) hinges?
The difference between screw in hinges & press in, or knock in, hinges is that the press in hinges have plastic dowels pre-screwed to the hinge and require a special knock-in tool for insertion. Most all cabinet doors accommodate both types of hinge.  You can find all our selection of hinges here and our offering of wood screws here.

 

dECOLeather

How can view the textures of dECOLeather™ recycled leather veneer?
In its medium-scaled format, the Buffalo (13) texture markings, combined with the real leather smell, will leave earthy imprints on any space. While quintessential in nature, the Buffalo texture adds character and strength to the appearance of this pattern. The 70% recycled leather content would have anyone fooled into thinking it is 100% leather. The consistency of sheet size and dimensional stability makes many horizontal and vertical applications simple and beautiful.

The Walrus (14) texture is a timeless look for all environments. It embodies the simple, consistent structure of classic leather used for centuries. This subtle print can warm any environment while the surface remains dependable. This small scale texture will never go out of style which is one of the reasons it is protected with multiple layers of water-based protective coating.

The glamorous Crocodile (15) texture completes the trio of dECOLeather™ texture offerings. Wild in nature, it is actually directional upon application. The Crocodile texture can be manipulated to run cross grain or linear. Crocodile, often used in many accessories today, is versatile and exotic for an energetic, yet sophisticated, palette.

What is dECOLeather™ recycled leather veneer?
Who knew surfacing could be so fashionable? dECOLeather™ from Formica takes inspiration from the latest in vogue with their new recycled leather veneer. Leather has been used for clothing, shelter, tools, and adornment since the beginning of time. Leather tanneries developed processes to make the hides last longer and appeal to the masses for all sorts of uses.

Today, leather is widely used for the same purpose but not very accessible for everyone. Formica presents a new line that is dimensionally stable, economical, and alluring. dECOLeather™, while using scraps from the shoe, auto, and leather tannery industry, is bound with natural rubber latex for added stamina. The architectural design industry can now benefit from the natural beauty of leather without buckling from the cost or inconsistencies of 100% leather.

This eco-friendly product marries practicality and fashion, which will redefine interior spaces and surfaces. dECOLeather™ recycled leather veneer provides a natural elegance with the look, feel and smell of real leather and added durability.

Advantages of dECOLeather™ over faux and 100% real leather:

1. Easier Fabrication

• dECOLeather™ recycled leather veneer is offered in a sheet size of 4 feet by 8 feet. It is all manufactured to the same thickness, making 32 square feet available for easy fabrication purposes. For planning purposes, this gives designers the upper hand in determining panel sizes and/or accent wall coverage.

• There are many variables in determining square footage for 100% leather. Since it is an all-natural product, it mostly depends on the size of the animal. An average cow hide renders approximately 26 square feet. Often, there is a lot of waste because of the odd shaped hides. 100% real leather stretches when applied to a panel, and if not applied correctly, it can puddle and stretch overtime. dECOLeather™ veneer will not stretch and can be cut and applied to fit exact panel sizes.

• Faux leather can be ordered by the yard, so waste is not a big concern. Wrapping a panel surface, however, is still a challenge. Like 100% leather, faux leather is difficult to pull and stretch across a hard surface. Over the life of the installation, this can lead to sagging and pooling if done incorrectly.

2. More durable and resilient

• Multiple layers of water-based protective coating are applied to the dECOLeather™ surface. This makes it a highly cleanable surface while maintaining the look and feel of the real leather. This recycled leather veneer is designed for both light duty horizontal and many vertical applications. The durability comes from the density of the recycled sheet, resilience of the added latex rubber, and the multiple layers of protective coating combined.

• There are many variations and grades of 100% leather. Even the best 100% leather is often not water and stain resistant. Third party stain resistant finishes are offered but they can change the feel and the appearance of the leather. These finishes also usually need to be reapplied since they wear over time.

• Like 100% leather, the grades and durability of faux leather vary greatly. The soft, pliable surface of faux leather cannot be well-protected in any high traffic area.

3. Suitable for light duty horizontal applications

• The water-based protective coating makes dECOLeather™ ideal for light use horizontal surfaces. It keeps stains from penetrating the surface, and blemishes like water rings are no longer a concern.

• Without extra coatings, 100% leather is not ideal for horizontal applications. The soft surface is easy to mar with water. Other food and beverages can also easily tarnish the surface.

• Typically not recommended for horizontal surfaces, vinyl and polyurethanes can easily crack and split.

4. Sustainable, renewable materials

• dECOLeather™ recycled leather veneer is made from 70% pulverized leather fibers recycled from shoe and carseat manufacturers, and leather tanneries. The natural rubber is also rapidly renewable. Since dECOLeather™ recycled leather veneer is comprised of a large percentage of real leather, it inherits the same soothing leather aroma and enticing feel of leather.

• 100% leather, while renewable has a significant amount of waste per hide. This drives up the cost, and limits the usability.

• Many faux leathers are made from vinyl and polyurethane. While they closely imitate the look of real leather, the authentic smell and soft leather touch cannot be duplicated.

Drawer Installation

Edgebanding

What are the differences between Non-Glued, Peel-N-Stick & Pre-Glued Edgebanding?

Non-Glued: Comes in a 600′ roll, does not have any sort of adhesive backing, allowing you to choose just the right adhesive for your project.

 

Peel-N-Stick: Is a ready-to-go 300′ roll with adhesive already applied. Simply peel the backing off and attach to your surface.

Pre-Glued: This is for machine application only, this is not an iron-on product. PVC comes in 2 x 300′ rolls. Wood comes in 2 x 250′ rolls.

Laminate Profile Edges

Can I bend the edge molding around radius corners?

The quick answer is no. All of the edge molding profiles are manufactured from medium density fiberboard with decorative laminate adhered to the face. Depending upon the edge profile, some are slightly more flexible than others. The Ogee profile, being 3/4 ” thick, is very rigid and difficult to bend. The Bullnose and Bevel profiles are 3/8” thick & thus may be bent slightly over a long arc, for example; a long side of an island countertop.

How long are the laminate profile edge trims and backsplashes?

All Bevel-Edge, Backsplash, Ogee Edge and Bullnose Edge profiles are manufactured and shipped in 8′ lengths. Some patterns may be available in 12′ lengths but these must ship freight and are only cost effective for orders consisting more than 15 pieces. Please call for availability.

How tall is the Bullnose Edge Countertop Trim?

The Bullnose Countertop Edge Trim height trends between 1-9/16″ and 1-5/8″. It is a little over-sized with the intention of it being trimmed to match the counter-top thickness. As this can vary depending upon what exact substrates are used to build the top, it’s sent a bit over-sized to cover all bases. There are a few ways this can be managed at time of installation:

1) You can measure and pre-trim the edge on a table saw before installation
2) You can install the edge as it is then flip the top and belt sand the edge smooth with the deck.
3) If it does not interfere with the cabinet drawers and doors, you can just leave it long for a thicker looking top.

Should I use the Color Caulk to attach the laminate trim to my countertop?

Simply put, no. The color matched caulk is intended for the area where the countertop and the backsplash are joined. It can also be used to touch up seams and miters. It is too thick to use as an installation adhesive for the edge trim. For edge trim installation, we recommend using Wilsonart Lokweld II Wood Glue.

What adhesive do you recommend for installing the backsplash?

You will need two different products for installing Backsplash.

  1. Titebond #7471 construction adhesive for attaching backsplash to your wall. This can be found in our installation section here and is easily applied with a standard caulking gun.
  2. Color matched caulk is an adhesive and sealant for attaching to your countertop. This makes a moisture resistant bond with your countertop and should not be substituted. Available in squeeze tubes.

Sheet Laminate

Can I put new laminate down over existing laminate?

Yes, you can apply new laminate over existing laminate. You will just want to scuff it up a little bit with 100 grit +/- sandpaper and make sure to clean / degrease it well.

Do you offer any other patterns than the ones listed on your site?

We offer all current patterns of Wilsonart and Formica brand products. Please Contact Us with any inquiries.

How can I view the finishes available in each pattern?

Laminate patterns are often available in multiple finishes. Our SKU’s are broken down to specify the pattern code followed by the finish code and finally the sheet size. For example: in the SKU# 7732-58-4×8, the first set of numbers (7732) represent the pattern “Butterum Granite”. The second set of digits (58) are Formica’s code for “Matte” Finish. The final sequence represents the size (4′ x 8′ sheet).

To view the appearance of Arborite finishes, click on any of the following: Breccia (BC)Cashmere (CA), Evergrain (EV)French Polish (FP)Gloss (GL)Impression (IM), Legno (LE)Luminous (LM)Metalux (MX)Refined Matte (RM)Structured (SR)Velvatex (VL)Vista, (VT).

To view the appearance of Formica finishes, click on any of the following: Scovato (34)Crystal (42)Artisan (43)Etchings (46)Matte (58)Gloss (90)MicroDot (MC)Natural Grain (NG)Naturelle (NT)Plex (PX)Radiance (RD)Sculpted (SP)Woodbrush, (WR).

To view the appearance of Wilsonart finishes, click on any of the following: High Gloss (01)Textured Gloss (07)SoftGrain (12), Casual Rustic (16)Linearity (18)Leno Weave (19)Soft Silk (21)Antique (22)Gloss Line (28)Mirage (35)Fine Velvet Texture (38)Facet (45)Quarry (52)Glaze (55)Aligned Texture (57)Matte (60)FineGrain (78)Sculpted Wood (88).

How do I avoid cutting into the face of my material when using a laminate trim router bit?

There are several things that can lead to cutting into the face of the material:

  • The router bit can be exposed too much. Because the bit is angled, the further down it extends from the router base, the more it will cut into the counter and eventually the face. Start off with the bit just barely exposed beyond the base. Make a short trial run and adjust down if not cutting enough.
  • The router base, especially on small laminate trim routers, is typically only supported from one side & is prone to bending over time. If that is the case, the bit may cut in too deep for the same reason as above.
  • If the router base is flat, smaller bases like on the trim routers lend to tilting the router a little & causing the bit to cut too deep in some places. It’s imperative that the base stay dead flat to the countertop when running along the edge.
  • Lastly, if the front edge of the countertop is not a true 90 degrees, or within reason, and particularly if the bottom of the front edge is angled back, the bearing will ride inset from the top edge you are trying to bevel and the bit will cut into the face.
How do I clean my laminate countertop?

Formica and Wilsonart laminate, regardless of pattern and finish, should be treated and cared for in the same way: wash with a soft, clean cloth, water and mild soap, rinse well with water & dry thoroughly. A soft brush may help clean more heavily textured finishes. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, sandpaper, or Scotch-Brite® scouring pads. Laminate finishes are designed last for a long time with proper care.

 

 

 

 

 

Formica offers an instructional video that can be found here.

How does Thermal Healing Formica Infiniti work?

Formica Infiniti™, the next generation of surfacing, has many great qualities. While Formica Infiniti is very durable, occasionally in high traffic areas, the surface can become burnished. A unique and transformable property of Formica Infiniti is its thermal healing capabilities. Using a paper towel, water and an iron, the burnished surface can be easily healed with a few passes.

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to thermal heal Formica Infiniti. What you need:

• Iron
• Paper towel
• Spray bottle with water

Steps to thermal heal:

1. Turn the iron to the highest heat setting.
2. Place a paper towel over the burnished area.
3. Spray the paper towel with water.
4. Press the iron over the wet paper towel and burnished area 4 to 5 times.
5. Wipe off excess water with paper towel.
6. If necessary, repeat the steps above.

While thermal healing can be used to restore burnished areas, thermal healing cannot repair gouges or scratches within the surface of Formica Infiniti. Learn more about all the benefits of Formica Infiniti here.

How thick is a sheet of laminate?

Laminate thickness typically ranges from .028” to .048” depending on the purpose and material.

What are the benefits of Formica Infiniti?

Formica Infiniti™ is created by combining ultra-fine embossing with a manufacturing process that produces a soft-to-the-touch, fingerprint & chemical resistant, antibacterial surface.

 

Formica Infiniti is the next generation of surfacing, offering a super matte, soft-to-the-touch finish that provides a beautiful look and feel that is impossible to resist. Envision hard-working low-gloss tables and countertops in cafes and casual diners, effortlessly stunning at first glance, but with state-of-the-art functionality and surprisingly little maintenance required. A game changer in surfacing, Formica Infiniti is a new offering for any space calling for a tactile yet durable and matte surface. It doesn’t stop there; with the added benefit of thermal healing capabilities, Formica Infiniti has a home in every space!

Formica Infiniti is ideal for high traffic areas such as restaurants, hotels, healthcare and retail spaces, commercial offices or any setting that calls for countertops, tables, doors, partitions, cabinets and furniture. Formica Infiniti pushes the boundaries of surfacing, combining state-of-the-art functionality with a surprisingly low level of maintenance. As beautiful as it is durable, Formica Infiniti features a wide array of product benefits.

1) Soft-to-the-touch, super matte finish

Current trends for interiors feature super matte looks that are visually appealing as well as pleasant to the touch. This satisfying surface is also resistant to fingerprints and smudging.

2) Antibacterial

While effortlessly stunning at first glance, this innovative product is constantly working. Formica Infiniti has antibacterial properties created from a silver-based system to keep bacteria from reproducing.

3) Easy to clean, chemical resistant

With its state-of-the-art functionality, Formica Infiniti is chemical resistant and will withstand rigorous cleaning protocols for worry-free maintenance.

4) Post-formable

Formica Infiniti can be used for both vertical and horizontal applications and is post-formable.

5) Thermal Healing of burnished areas

A unique property of Formica Infiniti is its thermal healing capabilities. In three simple steps, the surface can be renewed, learn more here.

What’s the difference between Formica and Wilsonart

Formica and Wilsonart manufacture various sheet goods, decorative edges and other products. Each offers a unique variety of differing color choices, patterns and finishes but they are very similar products of equal quality, construction and cost.

What is the difference between Vertical Grade and Standard Grade laminate?

Laminate is made in many different grades intended for specific uses. For practical purposes we’ve narrowed this down to two categories; Vertical and Standard Grade.

Vertical Grade is ideal for use on low wear surfaces such as cabinet faces and sides, doors, furniture, etc. It is a little thinner than standard grade and thus, a thinner line will be visible at the edges. Vertical Grade laminate is not recommended for countertops or any surface that will likely see a lot of use. Thickness’ can range from .027″ (0.7mm) nominal to .029″ (.7mm) nominal.

Standard Grade, or Horizontal Grade, is a little thicker and typically is used for higher wear areas like countertops and desktops. This material is less flexible and slightly more difficult to work with but is the standard for making most laminate countertops. Thickness’ can range from .035″ (0.9mm) nominal to .045″ (1.1mm) nominal.

What is the preferred method for cutting sheet laminate?

The ideal methods for cutting laminate are:

For a quick overview of the fabrication process which shows some of these techniques, please see the video at the bottom of our home page.

What type of plywood should I use to build my countertop?

We recommend using either 3/4″ particle board or 3/4″ furniture grade plywood. Particle board is stable, smooth and economical. Furniture grade plywood is typically found in lumber yards with a hardwood veneer such as birch. The species of veneer is not critical, just that the board is consistent in thickness and smooth on the surface.

Spec Sheets

Spec Sheets
View a wide variety of Spec Sheets here, from sinks to adhesives, we’ve got the information you need.

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