When selecting laboratory countertops to pair with your casework, there are several important considerations to keep in mind:
While most laboratories will only need to make one countertop material selection, PSA offers the flexibility to choose combined materials for unique laboratory applications. We’ll help you determine the best countertop material to provide the performance and aesthetic you need for your laboratory.
Epoxy resin is a solid countertop material combining epoxy, silica hardener and filler materials in an oven-cured process. The curing process chemically binds the countertop materials throughout, creating a surface with outstanding durability and unparalleled chemical resistance.
Epoxy resin countertops are very popular for laboratories in nearly every discipline. These tops resist heat, moisture and bacteria exceptionally well at a very moderate price point.
Phenolic resin countertops are built for long-term performance in the laboratory. Craft paper is layered and impregnated with phenolic resin, then thermofused under pressure to create an exceptionally durable surface, thoroughly resistant to chemicals, moisture and bacteria. Phenolic resin countertop costs are comparable to epoxy resin surfaces.
While black, 1”-thick phenolic resin surfaces are the most popular, PSA offers a variety of colors and thicknesses to fit your lab.
High-pressure plastic laminate laboratory countertops are versatile and economical. Laminate countertops are produced by applying a layer of plastic to a solid core using high pressure and temperature. The properties of that layer can vary and PSA has different varieties of laminate countertops available (see "Additional Surface Material Options" below).
Plastic laminates are among our least expensive surface options, but may not be appropriate for all laboratory conditions.
Stainless steel laboratory bench tops are ideal for sterile lab environments, including biomedical, pharmaceutical and food development applications. Stainless steel offers superior heat and chemical resistance, as well as unsurpassed longevity. Well-maintained stainless steel can last for decades without needing replacement.
The added cost of installing stainless steel is often mitigated by the supreme longevity the surface provides.
Precise measurements are critical as stainless steel surfaces are fabricated to design spec and cannot be easily modified at the laboratory location. PSA professionals can help ensure proper fit of these countertops as part of our integrated laboratory design process.
Edge grain maple, commonly known as butcher block, offers high-end impact resistance in a rustic and attractive design. These edge grain surfaces are finished with Durakryl 102®, a tough acrylic coating which effectively repels alcohol, bleach and many common solvents.
These countertops can absorb harsh treatment and are easily repaired or resurfaced while retaining their good looks.
While edge grain resists moisture better than end-grain wood surfaces, no wood finish is completely waterproof. Maple hardwood surfaces have grown in popularity, particularly in food production test kitchens, however they may not be appropriate for some lab applications.