What is a laminate top?

A laminate benchtop is a type of countertop or work surface typically used in kitchens, bathrooms, or workspaces. It consists of a core material, often HMR (high moisture resistant) particleboard or MDF (medium-density fibreboard), covered with a layer of laminate material. Laminate is a synthetic surface made of multiple layers of paper or fabric saturated with resin and then fused together under high heat and pressure. This results in a durable, easy-to-clean, and affordable surface that can mimic the appearance of various materials, such as wood, stone, or solid colours. Laminate benchtops are known for their versatility, wide range of design options, and resistance to stains and wear.

Substrate Preparation: Begin with a substrate material like HMR (high moisture resistant) particleboard or MDF (medium-density fibreboard),. Cut the substrate to the desired size and shape of the benchtop.

Adhesive Application: Apply a strong adhesive, often melamine, to both sides of the substrate.

Laminate Sheets: Place a decorative laminate sheet on top of the adhesive side of the substrate. This laminate sheet can have various colors, patterns, or textures.

Pressing and Bonding: Place the assembly into a hydraulic press. Apply heat and pressure to bond the laminate to the substrate. Typically, this process uses temperatures of 300-350°F (150-175°C) and high pressure.

Cooling and Trimming: After bonding, the assembly is cooled to set the adhesive. Excess laminate is trimmed using routers to achieve the desired size and shape.

Laminate Color Selections:

Click on the links below to view the laminate supplier’s websites for all the colors available and have samples posted to you (if required):

 

 

Note: The substrate for our bench tops is 33mm thick HMR (High Moisture Resistant) Particleboard. With laminate added to the substrate, the finished bench top thickness is approximately 34mm thick.

Laminate Bench Top EDGE Selections:

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