What Are Lab Counter Tops Made Of?

Lab Countertops

Your lab counter tops serve as your workspace. They are charged with the responsibility of holding all your equipment, tools and projects. You also require space for writing, sitting and even catching spills. However, not all countertop materials are suited for the laboratory environment. As a result, it is best to get to know some of the most popular options for these surfaces.

Phenolic Resin

These are durable, hard, lightweight and chemical resistant surfaces. They are both moisture and oil resistant and don’t support the growth of most fungus or bacteria. This material is perfect for lab counter tops because it can withstand continuous exposure to heat of up to 350° F. It is also resistant to abrasions and scuffs and can withstand stress cracking.

Epoxy Resin

This material is made from a mixture of materials and then is cured to create a continuous and solid product. Lab counter tops made of epoxy resin are not only durable, but also an economical option for several types of labs. It is often used around sinks and uniquely resistant to chemicals and heat. It can resist cracking, blistering and discoloration, even under the harshest conditions. This material can take a beating and continue look new for several years. Epoxy resin is a popular material option for medical labs, hospital labs, educational labs, biomedical labs, industrial testing, biological science labs and more.

Plastic Laminate

Another available option for labs is high-pressure plastic laminate counters. However, this is least desirable options for lab counter tops. Over time, deep scratches typically develop and chemicals can leak underneath the laminate surface, separating it from the wood. This will require replacement much faster than epoxy or phenolic resin.

As you can see, choosing some type of resin material for lab countertops is the best option. These will remain looking new for many years longer than other material types.

To learn more about what counters to use in labs, contact AGR Fabricators by calling 904-733-9393.