Laboratory Countertops and Bench Tops
Main considerations in selecting laboratory countertops include use, appearance and cost. While a single countertop material works for many laboratories, PSA offers combined countertop materials to meet unique laboratory applications. We can assist you in determining the countertop material that provides the performance and look you need for your laboratory environment.
Epoxy Resin Laboratory Countertops
A popular choice for laboratories, epoxy resin laboratory countertops are known for their aesthetics, durability and reasonable cost. Epoxy resin is a solid countertop material that combines epoxy resin, silica, a hardener and filler materials in an oven-cured process.
Phenolic Resin Laboratory Countertops
Phenolic resin laboratory countertops are designed for long-term performance in the laboratory. Phenolic resin countertops are made from combining layers of craft paper that are thermofused and impregnated with resin. While black, one-inch-thick material is most popular, PSA offers different colors and thicknesses of phenolic resin countertops for the lab.
High-Pressure Plastic Laminate 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 that layer can vary and PSA has different varieties of laminate countertops available. (See "Additional Materials")
Stainless Steel Laboratory Countertops
Stainless steel laboratory bench tops are ideal for sterile lab environments, providing superior heat and chemical resistance and longevity. Precise measurements are critical: PSA professionals can help ensure proper fit of these countertops, as stainless steel cannot be easily modified at the laboratory location.
Edge Grain Maple Laboratory Countertops
Sometimes called butcher block style, edge grain maple countertops withstand physically demanding settings well. They are finished with DURAKRYL 102, a tough, acrylic coating that repels alcohol, bleach and many household solvents. These countertops can absorb harsh treatment and be easily repaired or resurfaced and still retain their good looks. While edge grain maple works well in physical testing environments, it can be used for biological areas but has poor chemical resistance properties.
Countertop Selection and Comparison Chart
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- Lab-Grade Laminates. Similar to high-pressure laminate tops but specifically designed for chemical resistance and laboratory use. Available under various brand names.
- ESD Laminates. Plastic laminate countertops with a laminate shell designed for electro-static dissipation.
- Marble. Typically used as a stable slab or for balance tables. Can be more costly than other viable options.
- Solid Surface Materials. Composites such as Corian® are not advised for laboratory use.
Contact PSA to explore laboratory countertop options that will make your facility look and function at its best.