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Laboratory Countertops and Bench Tops

PSA Delivers Lab Materials Providing Durability & Cost Efficiency

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 Laboratory Furniture 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.

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Lab Countertop Material Types

Epoxy Resin Laboratory Countertops

Epoxy Resin Laboratory CountertopsEpoxy 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 Laboratory Countertops

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

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 the plastic layer 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 Countertops

Stainless Steel Laboratory CountertopsStainless 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.

Precise measurements are critical as stainless steel surfaces are fabricated to design spec and cannot be easily modified at the laboratory location.The added cost of installing stainless steel is often mitigated by the supreme longevity the surface provides. PSA professionals will help ensure proper fit of these countertops as part of our integrated laboratory design process.

Edge Grain Maple Laboratory Countertops

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 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.

Countertop Selection and Comparison Chart

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Heat Epoxy Heat ResistanceEpoxy Heat ResistanceEpoxy Heat ResistanceEpoxy Heat ResistanceEpoxy Heat Resistance Phenolic Heat ResistancePhenolic Abrasion ResistancePhenolic Abrasion ResistancePhenolic Abrasion ResistancePhenolic Abrasion Resistance Stainless Steel Heat ResistanceStainless Steel Heat ResistanceStainless Steel Heat ResistanceStainless Steel Heat ResistanceStainless Steel Heat Resistance Butcher Block Heat ResistanceButcher Block Heat ResistanceButcher Block Heat ResistanceButcher Block Heat ResistanceButcher Block Heat Resistance Laminate Heat ResistanceLaminate Heat ResistanceLaminate Heat ResistanceLaminate Heat ResistanceLaminate Heat Resistance
Impact Epoxy Impact ResistanceEpoxy Impact ResistanceEpoxy Impact ResistanceEpoxy Impact ResistanceEpoxy Impact Resistance Phenolic Iipact ResistancePhenolic Iipact ResistancePhenolic Iipact ResistancePhenolic Iipact ResistancePhenolic Iipact Resistance Stainless Steel Impact ResistanceStainless Steel Impact ResistanceStainless Steel Impact ResistanceStainless Steel Impact ResistanceStainless Steel Impact Resistance Butcher Block Impact ResistanceButcher Block Impact ResistanceButcher Block Impact ResistanceButcher Block Impact ResistanceButcher Block Impact Resistance Laminate Impact ResistanceLaminate Impact ResistanceLaminate Impact ResistanceLaminate Impact ResistanceLaminate Impact Resistance
Moisture Epoxy Moisture ResistanceEpoxy Moisture ResistanceEpoxy Moisture ResistanceEpoxy Moisture ResistanceEpoxy Moisture Resistance Phenolic Moisture ResistancePhenolic Moisture ResistancePhenolic Moisture ResistancePhenolic Moisture ResistancePhenolic Moisture Resistance Stainless Steel Moisture ResistanceStainless Steel Moisture ResistanceStainless Steel Moisture ResistanceStainless Steel Moisture ResistanceStainless Steel Moisture Resistance Butcher Block Moisture ResistanceButcher Block Moisture ResistanceButcher Block Moisture ResistanceButcher Block Moisture ResistanceButcher Block Moisture Resistance Laminate Moisture ResistanceLaminate Moisture ResistanceLaminate Moisture ResistanceLaminate Moisture ResistanceLaminate Moisture Resistance
Bacteria Epoxy Bacteria ResistanceEpoxy Bacteria ResistanceEpoxy Bacteria ResistanceEpoxy Bacteria ResistanceEpoxy Bacteria Resistance Phenolic Bacteria ResistancePhenolic Bacteria ResistancePhenolic Bacteria ResistancePhenolic Bacteria ResistancePhenolic Bacteria Resistance Stainless Steel Bacteria ResistanceStainless Steel Bacteria ResistanceStainless Steel Bacteria ResistanceStainless Steel Bacteria ResistanceStainless Steel Bacteria Resistance Butcher Block Bacteria ResistanceButcher Block Bacteria ResistanceButcher Block Bacteria ResistanceButcher Block Bacteria ResistanceButcher Block Bacteria Resistance Laminate Bacteria ResistanceLaminate Bacteria ResistanceLaminate Bacteria ResistanceLaminate Bacteria ResistanceLaminate Bacteria Resistance
Cost Epoxy CostEpoxy Cost Phenolic CostPhenolic Cost Stainless Steel Countertops CostStainless Steel Countertops CostStainless Steel Countertops Cost Butcher Block Countertops CostButcher Block Countertops Cost Laminate Countertops Cost

 Colorful Countertops for Labs

Once you’ve selected the right countertop material, it’s time to take style into account. When you select a specific color for your casework, you’ll want your countertops to match. Depending on the material, colors include:

View our gallery of laboratory countertops around the world to see what configurations and colors we can use for your lab.

Additional Surface Material Options:

Not sure what type of counter material is best for your lab? Let us handle it! We are a global leader in personalized laboratory design services  and will do everything possible to find the best solution for your facility.

The PSA Laboratory Furniture Advantage

At PSA Laboratory Furniture, we offer more than just custom countertops. Complete your lab design with the following:

Once you’ve selected equipment for your lab, our team will come to you to provide installation services. You’ll save time and money thanks to our professional installation which will meet your schedule.

Contact our laboratory counter- and bench-top advisors to discuss options to make your facility look and function at its best.
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