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High Pressure Laminates

High Pressure Laminates

At Geaves we truly understand what makes for a stylish and robust high pressure laminate (HPL). They have many fantastic qualities, styles and functions, all of which help to make it the number one choice for designers looking to add something special to a commercial space.

Not only is it considered to be one of the most durable decorative surface materials around but it is also hugely versatile, hygienic and has a unique ability of being able to suit any type of design. Able to turn functional into fashionable, they provide a room with a unique quality that simply can’t be matched.

 

Properties of High Pressure Laminate

 

 One of the main reasons high pressure laminate is popular is because of its wide and impressive range of properties. To find out more about how high pressure laminates are used in design please click here.

 

    • Stylish – Extremely stylish due to its vast array of patterns, designs, colours and textures. Perfectly able to balance style with function, high pressure laminate can be used in both bright, bold designs and smooth, subtle designs.
    • Versatile – Possibly its best feature is just how versatile it is. It will perfectly suit any type of style, from contemporary elegance to rustic charm and everything in-between.
    • HygienicHigh pressure laminate surface is extremely hygienic, so much so that it can be found in food preparation areas, hospitals, schools and dentists.
    • RobustThanks to its manufacturing process it is one of the strongest surfaces around. Strong yet stylish, HPL is incredibly robust and resilient.
    • DependableFrequently used in places where there is a high risk of damage, such as schools or bars, thanks to its water and heat resistant qualities, it won’t let you down.
    • ConsistentDue to its reliable consistency many commercial companies look to it when rolling out consistent store programs and designs for shops, cafes, restaurants and bars as they can easily keep the same style throughout their locations.

 

 

 Product ranges:

 

It is also worth noting that high pressure laminates come in different grades which are engineered for specific performance requirements, these are as follows:

 

    • General PurposeMost commonly used HPL which is suitable for both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Thickness can range from 0.4” to 22mm”.
    • BackerThis is high pressure laminate that has been produced without a decorative face.
    • Post forming This means it can be formed around curved edges through the application of heat.
    • Special ProductsA special high pressure laminate product can be for things such as exterior grade, anti-static, magnetic, digital and metals.

 

 

How High Pressure Laminate is made:

 

The manufacturing of HPL is a complex and precise process. Firstly, the paper that is being used is impregnated with the resins, then layers of paper/resin are placed into a press which simultaneously applies heat and pressure. This operation allows the thermoset resins to flow into the paper, then subsequently cure into a consolidated sheet with a density greater than 1, 35 g/cm³. The surface finish that gives the high pressure laminate its unique style occurs during the press cycle. It consists of 60 to 70% paper and 30 to 40% a combination of resin for the core and surface layers.

 

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