There are benefits to selecting specific materials for your benchtop and laboratory furniture. Some materials are designed to withstand the heavy use of abrasive materials, while others are built to minimize biological contamination. Here we will focus on three of the most common benchtop materials found in a lab workspace:
High Pressure Laminate
This stylish and affordable surface material is ideal for multipurpose workspaces that incorporate exposure to moisture or heat. Built for durability, high pressure laminate is both moisture and water-resistant, keeping furniture dry and easy to maintain. It is also known for its low heat conductivity – making it an ideal surface for handling hot labware or tools.
Slightly more hardy than high-pressure laminate; epoxy resins can withstand temperatures of 300-350°C. It offers resistance to environmental and moisture degradation and resistance to a wide range of laboratory chemicals. Epoxy resin has a high mechanical strength, meaning it has significant resistance to impact from heavy equipment. The disadvantage to epoxy resin is its heavy weight and availability as a sourced material. It may require considerable lead times or custom installation depending on your laboratory needs.
One of the most popular laboratory furniture materials, stainless steel is perfect for creating a clean and durable laboratory workstation. Stainless steel is easy to sanitize as it is a non-porous surface making it easier to eliminate contamination. Its properties are rust-resistant, making it a versatile and long-lasting material for any lab space. In addition to being highly heat resistant, stainless steel can withstand most corrosive chemicals making it the best option for all chemistry and biomedical laboratories.