What Are the Differences Between the Grades of Laminate?

Understanding the different grades of laminate can be challenging for those not involved in the design industry. Each type has its uses depending on whether you need impact resistance, visually pleasing style, or a particular style of countertop. When you’re ready to choose your grade, here is some information that you should keep in mind.

Vertical Grade Laminate

This grade of laminate is so called because it’s used in vertical applications such as cabinets. It’s thin and lacks the impact resistance of thicker grades of laminate. While it’s not actually weaker than standard or horizontal grade laminate, the thinner material has less support. It also bends more easily and into tighter shapes than thicker laminate.

Horizontal Grade Laminate

Also commonly known as standard grade laminate, this is the most commonly used grade. It gets its name from the fact that it is mainly featured in horizontal applications such as counters, islands, desks, tables, and vanities. When a surface needs to be impact resistant, horizontal grade is the best option. For this reason, vertical applications that need extra strength may be created from standard grade laminate.

Post Form Grade Laminate

Post forming is the process of applying laminate to a particleboard substrate using heat and pressure. Post form grade laminate is thin and often made with a different process than vertical or horizontal grade. This allows the material to bend and adhere to particleboard. The laminate layer doesn’t need to be as thick because the wood reinforces it. Post form grade is used almost exclusively in making countertops and tabletops.

Which Grade Do You Need?

Obviously, the grade of laminate you need comes down to the application on which you’ll be using it. All grades are available in many styles and designs, so you can achieve your desired look. If you have any questions you have regarding the use of the laminate, contact Summa Solutions now.