PG Bison’s Formica® LifeSeal® Worktops are made of a BisonBord® core and high pressure laminate (HPL) surface. Common questions about this product include:
What does HPL mean in wood?
HPL stands for high pressure laminate. HPL is made by fusing sheets of resin-impregnated paper together, using heat and pressure. This allows for an extremely durable decorative finish that is resistant to scratches and impact. As the decorative surface is printed paper, designs can vary from wood to stone to patterns as well as solid colours.
Is HPL the same as melamine?
No, HPL differs from melamine faced board (MFB) in that MFB has a single layer of resin- impregnated paper fused to either side of a board, while HPL is sheets of resin-impregnated paper fused together into a thin sheet, that must still be bonded to a supporting substrate, post its manufacturing. MFB is generally used in vertical applications, such as cabinetry, or low-traffic surfaces, such as shelving. HPL has greater wear and impact resistance and is therefore preferred for horizontal worksurface applications. For more information about our melamine range, please visit the PG Bison MelaWood® product page.
Is HPL waterproof?
The non-porous surface of HPL is water resistant. However, to ensure the worktop is properly protected from moisture, all exposed edges of the substrate must be sealed before final installation.
What is HPL used for?
HPL is a durable laminate material product and is ideal for various applications. Within the PG Bison range of products, the Formica® LifeSeal® Worktops are designed for use predominantly in kitchen and countertop applications.