From furniture to benchtops to wall panels and partitions, decorative laminate provides a durable and decorative surface for a variety of residential and commercial applications.

There are two principal laminate types – High Pressure Laminates (HPL) and Low Pressure Melamine (LPM) – and understanding the differences in structure and manufacturing process between two is critical to specifying the right laminate for the right application.

A new guide from world leaders in the manufacture and distribution of decorative laminate solutions, Wilsonart, explores in detail the key considerations to be made when deciding between HPL and LPM for various internal applications.

In addition to its durability, stain resistance and low maintenance, it is the versatility of decorative laminate that makes it such an appealing for residential and commercial interiors.

Decorative laminate is commonly used in horizontal and vertical applications for such items as benchtops, vanity tops, tables, counters, wall panels, cabinet doors, store fixtures, toilet partitions, office furniture, bathroom vanities and closet shelving systems.

In addition to standard HPL and LPM, there are several specialty surface solutions including but not limited to chemical resistance and fire resistance, for applications such as kitchens and laboratories.

The guide goes on to examine various finishes and textures available in both HPL and LPM, and the pros and cons of each in various applications, providing architects, designers and specifiers with an uncomplicated resource to turn to when specifying decorative laminates in residential and commercial applications.

Combining the expertise from the guide with the endless design possibilities offered by Wilsonart, including the ability to uniquely design and create custom laminates, an ideal laminate solution can be found for practically any environment.

Click here to download the white paper – ‘Understanding Laminate Selection: Making the right choice for your interior application’