If you are designing a new laboratory space or revamping an existing one, it is important to consider the countertops that will be installed in the space. You will need to consider the basic usage of the countertops to ensure the space will be able to handle projects and experiments set to be completed in the lab. Learning more about the characteristics of countertop materials can help you make the right decision based on your lab’s day to day operations.
The Toughest Materials
There are two materials that are considered the toughest when it comes to countertops, able to withstand high temperatures and are long-lasting. The toughest would be an epoxy resin. This type of countertop is extremely resistant to chemicals, making it a great choice if your lab will be completing experiments using a variety of chemicals that can be damaging. An epoxy resin countertop is also scratch and dent resistant.
Another option for strength is phenolic resin countertops. This countertop is made by fusing layers of craft paper saturated in resin. Phenolic resin is tough and strong, durable to a variety of chemicals and is antimicrobial. Both the epoxy resin and phenolic resin countertop are strong choices and will provide a more durable surface.
Controlling Bacteria and Overall Cleanliness
When it comes to cleaning and controlling bacteria, the top choice is phenolic resin. With this material type, you are easily able to clean the countertops and avoid any dirt and grime in your laboratory space. The material is also non-porous, better for controlling bacteria on the surface which is yet another benefit.
Environmentally Friendly Solutions
If your lab would like to stay environmentally friendly with their material choices, then phenolic resin also comes out on top in this category. The material is considered eco-friendly for several reasons. First, it is made from the by-product of wood processing. Second, it is manufactured in an entirely closed production cycle. Lastly, because it is so durable, installing this material in your lab will be affordable but also a choice that will last for many years. This cuts back on the need to purchase more countertops for your lab for many years to come.
If the lab needs to be remodeled in the future, you should be able to detach and move the countertops to a new location. Reusing the same materials is cost-effective as well as an eco-friendly option.
These are just a few factors to consider when you are redesigning or creating a lab space. Think about the space you need to fill with countertops and how they will be used. Be sure to choose a material type that will work well, creating a lab space that is effective as well as one that will last for many years to come.Contact us today to learn more about countertop types and how we can help you to outfit your lab for efficiency as well as durability.