Chemically resistant HPL laminates are resistant to common chemicals. It can be used in hospitals, laboratories and other areas where various chemicals or detergents are used. Impact-resistant HPL laminates contain cores made of aluminum or steel and can be used in public transportation vehicles, light industrial installations and offshore interiors. Wear-resistant HPL laminates are produced for commercial, contract, and institutional applications that require decorative surfaces to withstand more wear than normal wear. They have six times the wear and abrasion resistance of conventional HPL laminates. Another specialty HPL laminate is a refractory HPL laminate for indoor applications requiring decorative surfaces to withstand flames and fumes in the event of a fire.
Once the type of HPL laminate is selected, color, design and texture should be considered. Most HPL laminates have standard products from 200 to 250 design choices, and textured finishes add more options. Some manufacturers have a limited access to non-standard design libraries, including forms of development for selected product models added to large customers. These designs typically have longer lead times and higher charging times. Custom designs or colors are added to customers outside of standard HPL products, and the entire development process takes three to five months. In addition to hundreds of colors and designs, HPL laminates are available in a variety of textures. Most of these textures are made of stainless steel, but some special finishes require the use of textured foil. The surface treatment not only changes the appearance of the HPL laminate, but also affects the abrasion resistance of the HPL laminate, so the use and location of the HPL laminate texture should be considered when making the selection.
It's important to remember that some textures look more scratch-resistant than others when choosing colors or textures. For example, glossy textures are more likely to show scratches than matte textures. The more surface texture, the more resistant it is to scratching - the texture can actually "break" the scratch. In addition, certain colors and patterns are considered to minimize the appearance of normal wear. Scratches are not easily visible on lighter colors than on dark ones, and general wear and stains on the pattern are not as visible on solid colors.