High Pressure Laminate or HPL, is the direct descendent of the original plastic laminate. It is considered to be one of the most durable decorative surface materials and is available with special performance properties including chemical, fire and wear resistance. Special grades of HPL can be postformed around curved edges by application of heat and restraint.
High pressure laminate (HPL) countertops aren't just for kitchens; they can stand up to the rigorous demands of science labs and classrooms. It also performs well in horizontal and vertical applications for high traffic settings such as hospitality, office furniture, healthcare, retail casework, commercial interiors and educational facilities.
There are many types or grades of high pressure laminates (HPL) engineered for specific performance requirements:
Most widely used HPL and suitable for horizontal and vertical surface applications. Typical thickness range from 0.028” to 0.048” (0.71 to 1.22 mm).
Can be formed around curved edges by application of heat and restraint. Maximum thickness is approximately 0.038” (0.97 mm) and can normally be formed to radii as small as 3/8” (9.5 mm).
HPL produced without a decorative face. Available as standard (most common; slightly thinner than decorative HPL) or regrind (reclaimed HPL with decorative sheet sanded off).
Special purpose high pressure laminates include cabinet liners, high-wear, fire-rated, electrostatic dissipative and chemical resistant laminates.