4 Materials to Consider for a Laboratory Countertop

4 Materials to Consider for a Laboratory Countertop
If you are in the process of constructing or renovating a laboratory this might be the perfect time to decide on the right countertops for your lab. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right material to use for your countertops, such as price, durability, and longevity. But two important factors are the type of environment and what type of work will take place on these countertops.

What is the best countertop material for my lab?

Laboratories range from education, R&D (research & development), assembly, food processing and so on. Based on the needs of your lab a certain material may not be suitable for the type of work you will be conducting.

Here is a list of 4 material options to consider for a laboratory countertop.

Phenolic Resin

Lightweight, durable, chemical resistant, and resistant to most bacteria. Phenolic resin is considered to be the first polymeric product to be produced commercially. This material is widely used for molding powders, laminating resins, binders, and surface coatings. Phenolic resin countertops are created by layering kraft paper that has been soaked with phenolic resin and treated under high heat.

Ideal for experiments that require a contamination-free environment.

Benefits:

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Bacterial Resistant
  • Scratch Resistant

Stainless Steel

One of the most used materials for countertops in a variety of industries due to its durability and hygienic properties. Stainless steel is made from low carbon steel with a 10% addition of chromium. The addition of chromium makes material corrosion and stain resistant. With non-pours surface bacteria, infection and dirt cannot be harbored.

Ideal for hospital, medical, surgical environment, commercial/residential kitchens, and R&D (research & development) industries.

Benefits:

  • Durable
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Bacterial Resistant
  • Aesthetic Appearance

Butcher Block

Made from cuts of wood glued together resulting in a solid premium looking surface. Butcher block is durable, easy to maintain and affordable. Unlike many of the other materials, butcher block can be sanded if nicked or burned.

Ideal for commercial/residential kitchens, educational environments, hospital, and medical offices.

Benefits:

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Heat Resistant
  • Easy to Repair

ESD Laminate

Electro Static Dissipative (ESD) laminate countertops protect electrical components. A unique conductive layer to diffuse static electricity from your work surface to protect static-sensitive devices from electric charges.

Ideal for the semiconductor industry, educational environments, and commercial offices.

Benefits:

  • Durable
  • ESD-Safe

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