WHAT IS LAMINATE WOOD
Laminate is a product of modern day fast paced and hectic environment. It is known for being customizable, incredibly durable and low in cost. It is constructed with sealed plastics by pressing together layers of heavy-duty paper with a compound known as melamine, which hardens into a resin. This creates a solid veneer, which can then be covered in a thin decorative layer. There is no limit to what design can be printed on it, even though wood grain seems to be the most common pattern of choice.
There are two types of laminate classifications depending on how it is made, specifically the process of attaching the laminate to the substrate core. The types are called high pressure laminate (HPL) and low pressure laminate (LPL). The most common HPL is produced by pressing multiple layers of resin-treated heavy-duty paper together. In addition, the product is heated to temperatures between 280 to 320 degrees Fahrenheit and adhesives are used to secure everything in place.
LPL products do not use adhesives and are heated to a higher temperature of 335 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and lower pressure is used. Both processes produce a durable product, but LPLs are comprised of a single-wear layer over a single decorative sheet and are only recommended for vertical surfaces or low-impact/low-traffic areas.
No matter what type of hardwood suits shoppers’ preferences, they should make sure the wood has a quality finish. When choosing wooden business furniture, a buyer may want to make sure the furniture has no rough spots or air pockets.
Hardwood furniture that has undergone a proper sanding, staining and finishing process should feel smooth, according to Utah State University. High-quality wood office furniture, such as the pieces offered by Office Furniture Warehouse, display a silky finish that reveals no splinters or dents.