LABORATORY COUNTER TOPS

The ideal selection balances cost, quality and material properties to your application

A variety of work surfaces are available for today's modern laboratory. Four of the more successful choices include phenolic resin, epoxy resin, high pressure laminates and stainless steel. The best decision for your laboratory balances cost, quality and design.

EPOXY RESIN has become the primary laboratory surfacing material. This popularity is no surprise. Epoxy Resin is attractive, durable, reasonably priced and available in Black, Gray or White.


HIGH PRESSURE PLASTIC LAMINATE is manufactured by combining wood-fiber with phenolic resins. The outer layer is melamine and available in an endless array of colors and styles. Plastic laminate do not offer the chemical resistance and durability of resins or stainless steel; however, this product is a good fit for many applications and is the most budget friendly.

PHENOLIC RESIN is an excellent choice consisting of layered phenolic-coated paper cured under heat and pressure. It looks and performs much like epoxy resin, is less expensive but is limited to 3500 F in heat handling capacity. Over the past 10 years this has become the most popular choice in laboratory countertops.

STAINLESS STEEL are best suited for special applications. They are available in several grades and finishes - the most common of which are type 304 or 316 brushed satin. Stainless counters represent a substantial investment and require ongoing maintenance.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
- Additional options include polypropylene, ceramic, ceramic tile, solid surface and porcelain. Please contact our offices for additional information.


MATERIAL PROPERTIES

PHENOLIC RESIN

Price: Medium
Moisture Resistance: Excellent
Acid Resistance: Excellent
Solvent resistance: Excellent
Stain resistance: Good pending color
Heat resistance: Good
Abrasion resistance: Good
Porosity: Excellent
Conductivity: Low
EPOXY RESIN

Cost: Medium - High
Moisture Resistance: Excellent
Acid Resistance: Excellent
Solvent resistance: Excellent
Stain resistance: Good pending color
Heat resistance: Good
Abrasion resistance: Excellent
Porosity: Excellent
Conductivity: Low
STAINLESS STEEL

Price: High
Moisture Resistance: Excellent
Acid Resistance: Fair
Solvent resistance: Excellent
Stain resistance: Excellent
Heat resistance: Excellent
Abrasion resistance: Excellent
Porosity: Excellent
Conductivity: High

HIGH PRESSURE PLASTIC LAMINATE   

Price: Medium
Moisture Resistance: Good
Acid Resistance: Good
Solvent resistance: Fair
Stain resistance: Fair
Heat resistance: Fair
Abrasion resistance: Good
Porosity: Excellent
Conductivity: Low