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Laboratory Countertops and Bench Tops

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Good laboratory countertop selection balances appearance, use and cost. Most laboratories choose a single countertop material. However, materials can be successfully combined to meet specific needs and priorities. Your designer will work to understand your environment and priorities, ensuring an attractive installation for long-term performance.

EPOXY RESIN LABORATORY COUNTERTOPS
Epoxy resin is an oven-cured mixture of epoxy resin, silica, a hardener and filler materials. This solid laboratory countertop material has been a popular choice in laboratories for decades. This popularity is no surprise. Epoxy resin countertops are attractive, durable and reasonably priced.

epoxy resin countertops
Investment MEDIUM $$$
Appearance Low sheen finish – black and colors
Chemical Resistance Excellent
Heat Resistance Excellent
Impact Resistance Good
Moisture Resistance Excellent
Bacteria Resistance Excellent
Suggested Areas of Use Excellent performance in all areas

PHENOLIC RESIN LABORATORY COUNTERTOPS
Phenolic resin laboratory countertops are similar to epoxy resin countertops. Layers of craft paper impregnated with resin are combined to form a solid material designed for long term performance in the laboratory. One-inch thick, black material is the most popular; however, different thicknesses and colors are available.

phenolic resin laboratory countertops
Investment MEDIUM $$$
Appearance Low sheen finish – black and colors
Chemical Resistance Excellent
Heat Resistance Good – Maximum 350° F (176° C)
Impact Resistance Good
Moisture Resistance Excellent
Bacteria Resistance Excellent
Suggested Areas of Use Excellent performance in all areas without extreme heat loads.

HIGH PRESSURE PLASTIC LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS
High pressure plastic laminate laboratory countertops are budget-friendly and work well in many areas. Laminate laboratory countertops are simply a “face” layer of plastic secured to a core under elevated temperature and pressure. The properties of the “face” layer can vary and different “grades” of laminate tops are available. (See “ADDITIONAL MATERIALS.”)

plastic laminate laboratory countertops
Investment LOW $
Appearance Low sheen finish – black and colors
Chemical Resistance Poor
Heat Resistance Fair
Impact Resistance Fair
Moisture Resistance Poor
Bacteria Resistance Good
Suggested Areas of Use Excellent Performance in Dry Areas

STAINLESS STEEL LABORATORY COUNTERTOPS
Stainless steel laboratory bench tops are remarkably versatile with many applications in the lab. Stainless steel provides excellent chemical and heat resistance and is the preferred material for sterile environments. The key to stainless steel laboratory bench tops and countertops is careful measurement and planning, as this material is not easily modified on-site. PSA’s project managers will be responsible to ensure your new tops fit correctly and provide a long service life.

stainless steel laboratory bench tops
Investment HIGH $$$$$
Appearance Smooth Satin Finish
Chemical Resistance Good
Heat Resistance Discolors at High Temperatures
Impact Resistance Excellent
Moisture Resistance Superior
Bacteria Resistance Excellent
Suggested Areas of Use High moisture areas; biological laboratories; areas exposed to water and abrasion.
EDGE GRAIN MAPLE LABORATORY COUNTERTOPS
Edge grain maple bench tops, also known as butcher block, are robust and forgiving in physically demanding environments. The finish, DURAKRYL 102, is a tough, acrylic coating that repels alcohol, bleach and most household solvents. This is one of the few materials that can take hard wear and tear, be resurfaced or repaired without any special tools or particular skill, and end up looking as great as ever. Keep in mind that this material is ideal for physical testing environments. It is suitable for use in biological areas, but has poor chemical resistance properties.
wood laboratory countertops
Investment MEDIUM HIGH $$$$
Appearance Natural Wood
Chemical Resistance Poor
Heat Resistance Good
Impact Resistance Excellent
Moisture Resistance Poor
Bacteria Resistance Poor
Suggested Areas of Use Physical testing areas of the lab with minimal chemical, moisture or bacteria exposure. It is wood and will burn – no open flame.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

  • QUARRIED SANDSTONE LABORATORY COUNTERTOPS are infused with resin to produce some of the most attractive and durable lab counters available. Stone laboratory counters have been in use for more than 50 years. Recommended for physically demanding environments.
  • NATURAL SOAPSTONE LABORATORY COUNTERTOPS are attractive, durable and impervious to heat and stains.
  • LAB GRADE LAMINATES are sold under various brand names. These are similar to high pressure laminate tops and include a particle core. However, the laminate is specifically formulated for chemical resistance and laboratory use.
  • ESD LAMINATES are another variation of plastic laminate counters. The laminate shell is designed to be electro static dissipative.
  • MARBLE is most often used for balance tables or as a stable slab. It is an expensive option and other solutions are often available.
  • SOLID SURFACE MATERIALS (such as Corian and similar composites) are not advised for lab use.

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