HPL - A Durable Surface Ideal for Families
HPL is considered to be one of the most durable decorative materials. It is used for a whole variety of surface finishes such as countertops, tabletops and flooring so needs to be able to withstand day to day use.
To create high pressure laminate, multiple layers of are saturated with a specialist resin. Then, a decorative film layer (such as a solid colour or woodgrain) is placed on top of the kraft paper before pressing. This creates a sandwich effect which is fused together using extreme heat (that’s temperatures of 280 to 320 degrees Fahrenheit!) under 70 to 100 bars of pressure. Then a clear protective overlay is used for maximum protection. The result of this process is a smooth satin matt finish that is incredibly durable. It doesn’t have a reflective shine but it’s not fully flat matt, so it still has a wonderfully tactile feel.