Architectural Surface Finishes : Laminates

Jul 31, 2021

If by any chance you have been looking for interiors, there are 90 percent chances that you came across laminates in one form or the other. Laminates are available in a variety of decorative patterns and colors. Let’s get to know about it in detail!

For knowing all about laminates, we must know what are they?

According to the universal definition, Laminates are among the commonly used finishing layer for MDF, plywood, particle board, wooden furniture, wall panels and flooring. Basically, a composite artificial material, they are made by pressing together flimsy layers of flat paper and plastic resins. The upper layer is printed with an enlivening pattern or color.

Let’s look on the types of laminates available.

Decorative laminates

These have more prominent stylish allure as far as finishes and patterns are concerned. these can be utilized for doing decorative overlays on furnishings. Furthermore, there are numerous varieties to look over too!

Here are some various decorative laminates:

Laminated plywood
Timber laminates
Timber Laminates
Metallic Laminates

Industrial laminates

These are more resistant to wear and tear and have higher strength. They incorporate elite overlays which are fire-resistant, antibacterial, and chemically safe for application in medical clinics and different enterprises.

Laminate Layer construction 

Compact laminates

These laminates are self-supporting thickly constructed material with several layers of Kraft paper, which are rinsed in resin and dried. These don't need to be glued to other materials as they are sandwiched between the laminated top and bottom sheets.

Compact Laminate Construction

Post formed laminates

These adaptable renditions are more slender than ordinary laminates. They are utilized to wrap over tables, columns, and so forth. Best feature of Post formed laminate are it has continuous surface finish even though two separate pieces of laminate meet, Other than curved surfaces it's seamless finish is preferred for countertops & table finishes too.

High-pressure and low-pressure laminates

Differing just in the pressing factor with which the laminate is applied on a substrate, HPL is normally utilized with plywood while LPL discovers its utilization with MDF.

Laminates come in a variety of pattern and colors!

What makes any material unique and aesthetically pleasing is the variety of colours and patterns that are available.

Laminates are available in a large range of patterns. Assuming you need to mimic the presence of strong wood surfaces and other natural materials, utilizing laminate is your smartest option. They are additionally accessible in splendid tones and funky motifs.

Kitchen Material Sample Book for Laminate

You must be wondering, what about its finishes?

When it comes to wall finishes and furniture, often textured laminates are used because they replicate the tactile feel of natural materials. Though laminates coming in a bunch of varieties, yet, the most common are smooth, medium to high gloss, and matte finishes. Hand scraped, rustic wood, metallic and leather finishes and among the most popular ones.

Will the material last longer? Is it durable?

We never like spending a wholesome amount on anything that isn’t durable. So would it be an ideal choice to prefer laminates?

Well, Laminates are genuinely strong and scratch-safe. They are more resistant to wear and tear, dampness, and heat when compared to veneer and strong wood items. Notwithstanding, laminated surfaces will in general twist when presented to abundance water. Since they are fragile materials, these are additionally inclined to chipping.

What about the cost?

Another salient factor while selecting a material is its cost. Laminates are cheaper than veneers if compared on the basis of wood finished material. Laminated wooden flooring is eco-friendly alternative to solid hardwood floors and also an inexpensive.

Let’s talk about the applications of laminates

Laminates have discovered their application in pretty much every foundation. The decorative ones are the best laminates for the interiors of a house, walls, and doors. The ones intended for Industrial applications that are exceptionally impervious to harm are appropriate in the furniture of business areas.

Lining the floor with laminate board

The matt completion Laminates are moving in the workplace just as a home stylistic theme as they give an unobtrusive and tasteful appearance to the insides. For the most part, the Laminates picked for clubs, bars, kitchens, eateries, and so on, have a reflexive completion as they raise the excellence of such spaces and are not difficult to clean. A portion of the plugs and display areas have metallic completion laminates that give an imperial look to the spaces. The laminates with emblazoned surfaces present a fashionable façade to the beautiful units, business office spaces, family rooms, and so forth. A strong shading finish is the best decision for kitchen work environment tops, drawers, restrooms, and so on.

The spaces like clinics, enterprises with large equipment, schools, and so forth, require heat-proof overlays for public security. The present-day pandemic has raised the interest against microbial laminates in spaces going from home to business areas. For putting up the operation schedules, charts, reports, etc, in hospitals, magnetic laminates have been used. Lastly, barely anyone would not be aware of the chalk board laminate which has given a new definition to teaching and learning process.

Laminated Flooring

With every material application, comes maintenance. Can you handle it?

It is very easy to maintain laminated products because it can be done using just few small measures.  For this you just need to clean with a mildly wet cloth and wipe dry with gentle strokes and dust your laminated surfaces regularly. The more you avoid using abrasive cleaners or steel wool scrubbers, the better will be your laminate. You can protect the surface from exposure to excess water and sunlight.

Made a decision yet?

However,  this is an outline of the universe of laminates. There are a few shapes, sizes, shadings, and surfaces of laminate sheets accessible on the lookout. You can get them customized to live up to your desires and prerequisites.

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Sriya Singh

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