A look back in time… HPL in the 2000’s

A look back in time… HPL in the 2000’s

A look back in time… HPL in the 2000’s 700 550 LI Surfaces

Looking back at high pressure laminates in the 2000’s

From the year 2000 I noticed some hospitality projects that used HPL on doors, some fast food chains obviously looking for a harder and cleanable surface and wanting to match up to their wall panels and joinery decors.

The Olympics where also on in Sydney, so around this period the hospitality industry was in refurb overdrive, I started receiving calls from Hospitality designers wanting to laminate over existing painted and or plywood entry doors that needed rejuvenating, again mainly looking for woodgrains and wanting to match up to the new joinery and case goods and the decors they had selected for the refurbs at that time, it as all Beech and Pink looking Pearwood looks the laminates matched the melamine, it should have been more cost effective to do this but the sheet sizes were 3.6 x 1.5 metres and each side of a door only required 2100 or 2700x900mm so there was 5.4 metres of material being used to supply 2.4m so the Optimisation wasn’t good but never the less some of the jobs happened in this manner.

What they achieved was a balanced look to the interior of the room and also they could match this up on the outside with wall panelling in areas and lift lobbies some of the Hotel brands marketing to younger clients found it easy to match up a bold solid colour HPL and achieve a highly cleanable Impact resistant surface.

The visitors from Europe, at the Sydney Olympics felt at home staying in these hotels with HPL doors.

Some of the problems that stopped the usage of this HPL product on doors were that the product didn’t have a good fire rating these days it would have been considered a Group 3 or even 4 some laminate companies producing locally are still producing at this level of fire rating.

But the European Good Quality HPL producers were improving on their fire ratings and are now supplying Group 1 product via Lamicolor Duropal.

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