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Common High Pressure Laminate Terminology
A high pressure laminate creates a durable surface that is useful for many applications. Laminate surfaces are fire proof, waterproof and resistant to wear. They can be used for flooring, counter tops, desks and more. Here are some terms you might encounter when looking for a supplier of high pressure laminated products.
Particleboard - A panel that is commonly used as a substrate for applying high pressure plastic laminates. It is ideal because of its stability and durability.
Post Forming - The use of heat and restraint to press a laminate around curved edges. This uses a different technique than typical laminate applications, which are laminated horizontally or vertically.
Flexible CPL - Decorative paper with flexible resins infused throughout the material. The resins are fused with the application of heat. Flexible CPL can be used for various decorative applications.
Veneer - A thin coating on a solid surface. Wood veneers are often used to cover desks and furniture and are installed like high pressure laminate. Veneer suppliers can provide sheets of veneer specific to the size you need.
Edge Banding - The covering of exposed sides of plywood or particle board when applying laminate or other surfacing.
Melamine Resin - A plastic that is set with heat, and is commonly used for countertops, dry erase boards, flooring tiles, and as a foam for insulation and sound proofing. Melamine resin has a shiny and glossy appearance.
Laminated Countertop - A countertop coated with high pressure laminate, resulting in a durable and waterproof surface. Laminate counters resist high temperature and other types of damage.
High pressure plastic laminate and formica companies will provide various types of wood and waterproof panels, including veneers, plywood, and hardwood floors. Suppliers will have different sizes available depending on your needs and budget. High pressure plastics are not as sensitive to damage as other specialty products because of how they are made with high temperatures and pressure. Multiple layers can be used to decrease the chance of damage and ensuring you have a product that will last for many years. Many people enjoy the waterproof quality of high pressure plastic laminates. Many companies will offer repair and installation services by sending a person to your location. However, others choose to install wood floors on their own by using special glue and following directions they can get from the company. The plastics industry, by using heat and pressure, have developed many different products, including decor, hardwood floors, beams, and veneers. To find a store that carries what you're looking for you can look online or in a phone book. Ask where their closest location to you is if you want to see their product line in person. You can ask over the phone how much the average cost is for what you need to compare with other suppliers. If they don't have the type of material you're looking for they may be able to order it for you or recommend a different place you can try. Not only will this save you time but it can save you money by not having to drive to multiple places that may not even carry what you're looking for.