Slatwall can come with any number of finishes but the majority of all panels will have either a Low Pressure Laminate (LPL) or High Pressure Laminate (HPL) as the finish. So what is the difference and why should I choose one over the other?
First and foremost, there is no difference in the strength of the panel itself. At Spacewall both HPL and LPL are applied to the same slatwall grade Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) panels, so the weight bearing capacity is the same for both, either finish. The difference between HPL and LPL is in the finish.
Low Pressure Laminate (LPL) is a paper overlay finish that is bonded to the MDF panel with a heat-activated glue using a laminator with heat rollers to ensure a consistent bond. It is available in several finish options (solids, wood grains, and patterns). It is a good economical option to use if you want a finished panel but are trying to keep your slatwall investment at a minimum.
High Pressure Laminate (HPL) is an actual plastic laminate with a backer that makes the finish on the face of the slatwall more durable than LPL. It is glued and then pressed to the MDF using a cold press process giving it the best possible bond. It is the same material used for kitchen and bathroom countertops in homes and commercial locations. The face has a more chip resistant surface than LPL and it also has hundreds of colors, wood grains, and pattern selections giving you the largest variety and with the most durable finish option.
When choosing LPL or HPL you need to consider how much use (and abuse) the face of the panel will receive and how much you can spend on your panels. Slatwall that will frequently be merchandised may need the durability of the HPL but if the panels are initially set and not changed very frequently the LPL might be a good option for you.
Give us a call to decide what is the best finish for your specific needs.