Plastic laminate has been a part of every day surroundings for decades. The product is found in homes, restaurants, even hospitals! The name itself, “plastic laminate,” can lead to misunderstandings. Decorative Laminate (HPDL to be exact, for High Pressure Decorative Lam) is made by saturating sheets of decorative and core paper with resins, and pressing them under high heat, fusing the layers into a single sheet. A sheet of laminate is approximately 18% plastic resin & the rest paper. Because of the plastic component, a laminate surface provides great resistance against wear and impact. Interiors of leisure boats are often manufactured with laminate because of the product’s durability, easy maintenance, and resistance to salt.
Our laminate selection at Cozy consists of Formica and WilsonArt. Laminate provides the greatest variety of colors, patterns and simulated wood grain or metal finishes. Because we produce our laminate tops in-house, they are also our quickest turn-around! We bond the sheets using special adhesives, to a substrate made of plywood which gives the final laminate countertop its strength and substance.
Another benefit of laminate is that it is the most economical of top choices. With the wide range of colors available at the best cost, laminate is a great solution for many rooms in your home!
Here are some little known facts about laminate:
- Laminate was originally invented as a material for electrical insulation, not decoration.
- “Woodies,” the wood paneled station wagons popularized in the 50’s and 60’s, were actually sided with wood grain laminate.
- Today, most bowling alleys are surfaced with laminate. Wood lanes can be warped by the weight of bowling balls; plastic laminate lanes allow for a more accurate bowl.
- Laminate is the material that lines the chutes of many vending machines, allowing candy bars and soda cans to quickly slide out.
- Many of the 20th century’s greatest designers worked with laminate: Eero Saarinen, Ray and Charles Eames, Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, Florence Knoll, Vladimir Kagan, Robert Venturi, the Memphis Group, Michael Graves, & even Frank Lloyd Wright.