The best laboratory countertops for you will be determined by what reagents and corrosive chemicals you are using. In addition, choosing a countertop that’s strong, durable, and water and chemical resistant is also essential to the longevity of the countertop.
There are a variety of materials to choose from when it comes to lab surfaces. Installing the wrong countertops can cause problems for your employees and the materials that you’re working with on that surface. Let us help you determine what kind of work surfaces you need for your laboratory.
The first step in the process is to consider what kind of work will be done in the lab. Things to consider are whether you will need countertops that are resistant to heat or chemicals, or that have antifungal properties. We will work with you to answer these questions and also to determine what type of solid surface is best for your lab’s countertops.
The first of the countertop materials to consider is stainless steel, which is commonly used in labs. Stainless steel is resistant to moisture and water, sturdy, and had moderate resistance to fungi and bacteria. It can withstand heat about 1500 Fahrenheit, and it’s on the high end of the price scale.
Epoxy resin is also expensive, but it has many positive attributes. For one thing, it’s highly resistant to fungi, bacteria, moisture, heat, and corrosion. It is sturdy and flame resistant, which makes it a good material for labs that perform heavy industrial and chemical testing.
Phenolic resin has many of the same properties as epoxy resin, but it’s not as flame resistant as epoxy resin. Phenolic resin and layered paper are processed under extreme heat to make this product. The price for this surface is in the medium range.
Chemical resistant laminate and high-pressure laminate are both less expensive and have a low resistance to bacteria, corrosion, and water. However, chemical resistant laminate, which is made from paper encased by chemicals, is resistant to chemicals. High-pressure laminate adds a decorative look and is inexpensive.
The Product Specialists at LOC will assist you with choosing the right countertop material for your specific lab applications. We will also recommend the best laboratory countertops, edge, backsplash, sinks, pegboards, drains, and other accessories. Laboratory countertops are American made and available in Phenolic Resin, Epoxy Resin and Stainless Steel.
If you have questions about Laboratory Countertops and Sinks, contact one of our Product Specialists at 877.527.5775.