Grade Options in Laminate Counter Tops

Laminate is made in many different grades intended for specific uses. For practical purposes we define sheet laminate as either Vertical or Standard Grade.

Wilsonart and Formica  vertical grade laminate is used in applications where  thinner materials are desirable and impact-resistance is not as critical. Recommended for cabinet faces & sides, doors, furniture. The surface durability of Vertical Grade material is the same as thicker grades.  It is a little thinner than standard grade and thus, a thinner line will be visible at the edges.

Specs: (thickness: .028”/0.7mm)  Vertical Grade material can be cold bent to a radius no smaller than 7”and formed with heat to a radius no smaller than 5/8”.

Standard Grade, also called Horizontal Grade is the usual choice is most frequently used for work surfaces on counters, islands, vanities, desks and tables. The most commonly used grade, recommended for applications where maximum impact resistance and durability are required.

Specs: thickness: .048”/1.2mm.  Standard Grade material can be cold bent to a radius no smaller than 12”. Standard Grade can be formed with heat to a radius of 4”.

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