Compact laminate is a strong, water-resistant man-made material that can be used for a variety of residential and commercial applications from interior wall panelling to outdoor furniture.
What is compact laminate?
Compact laminate is an innovative material that when used for outdoor furniture offers a contemporary, clean and low maintenance finish. Not only is compact laminate a stylish material, it is also an incredibly durable surface that can withstand exposure to the outdoor environment and daily use.
Compact laminate is made from layers of recycled paper fibres that have been dipped in resin and dried. These layers are stacked and sandwiched between laminate before being compressed under high pressure and heated to permanently meld together. Not only does this manufacturing process ensure an incredibly strong and dense structure, it also enables the compact laminate to be made of varying thickness ranging between 3-18mm.
What are the characteristics of compact laminate?
There are several reasons why compact laminate is a popular material for both structural and non-structural applications of a demanding nature. Some of the features of compact laminate include:
- Versatile designs
- Extensive colour palette
- Water resistant
- Low maintenance
- Resistant to fading
- Impervious to UV
- Superior impact resistance
- Resistant to most solvents, acids and corrosives
- Hypoallergenic properties
- Heat and frost resistant
How to care for compact laminate
Beyond it’s clean and modern aesthetics, one of the main benefits of opting for a compact laminate table top is that it is low maintenance. Simple regularly clean the surface with a mild soap solution and warm water and a damp cloth. When spills occur, clean immediately and if a build up of grease and grime occurs, use a non-abrasive cleaning agent. Rinse well and wipe completely dry to avoid streaks.