HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE (HPL) PANELS: “Changing the Face of the Building Industry Today for a Beautiful Tomorrow”
What are High Pressure Laminated (HPL) Panels?
High Pressure Laminates are considered to be one of the most durable decorative surface materials and is available with special performance properties including chemical, fire and wear resistance. High pressure laminated (HPL) panels are a form of decorative laminates in which the layers of Kraft paper impregnated with melamine resin are infused with decorative paper and protective overlay and the resulting laminate is attached to the substrates at high pressures and temperatures.
Advantages of HP
• Resists weathering and sunlight
• Mechanically robust
• Does not corrode and is not corrosive
• Easily workable
• Optimum fire behaviour
• Resistant to termites • Antistatic
• Easily cleaned
• Aesthetically pleasing
• Available in a wide variety of colours and decorative finishes HPL is a durable material, available in a wide colour range, with high technical performance, especially suitable for the construction industry where it is an excellent alternative to traditional materials.
HPL is used for façade cladding, parapets and balustrades,and signage,and is particularly suited for building ventilated façade.
Properties of HPL
1. Ageing and weathering resistance: By nature, HPL can be permanently exposed to the combined effects of sunlight and weather such as rain, hail, wind and salt air. The influence of exhaust gas or acid rain on HPL is insignificant. It is resistant to extreme temperature fluctuations and retains its physical and mechanical properties.
2. Dimensional stability: The panels’ homogeneity and high density ensure excellent tensile strength for such fixing elements as screws or inserts.
3. Cleaning: The surface of HPL requires no special treatment for cleaning purposes. Any dirt left behind from sawing or assembly can be removed with ordinary, non-abrasive organic solvent free household cleaners using paper, sponge and soft cloths. Normal air pollution deposits on the installed panels can be removed with ordinary, non-abrasive household cleaners.
4. Removing graffiti: HPLs’ chemical resistant nature and closed structure do not allow paint in spray cans, various inks, emulsion paints, lipstick or pastel paints to penetrate into the decorative layer therefore it does not require any anti-graffiti treatment.