Which Kind of Countertop Is Best Suited For My Lab?

Your lab is a unique space, and it has to be adapted to your needs. Though most labs require countertops to hold gear, supplies and even ongoing projects, they also have to be crafted of materials that can live up to your expectations. Whether that means something that can withstand spills or simply serve as a spot for someone to stand and fill out lab reports, laboratory countertops have a lot of jobs to fill.

Fortunately, laboratory countertops are available in a wide range of materials, finishes, sizes, designs, and costs. Knowing about the options helps you to choose a countertop that offers the right level of performance, provides the benefits you need and still fits into the long and short-term budget.

Let’s take a few moments to consider the most common, affordable and professional-strength laboratory countertops that your designer or lab planner might choose:

Phenolic Resin

Consider this the proverbial “Cadillac” of lab countertops. With its light weight, durability, and remarkable resistance to chemicals, it is a great choice for almost any lab setting. It resists both moisture and oil and can undergo exposure to heats of up to 350° F without loss of strength. This material resists abrasions, impacts and does not typically show stress cracks.

Epoxy Resin

If your lab countertops need to withstand high heat (above 350° F), this is the best option to choose. These countertops are made in one piece and offer a highly customizable and affordable option. It is also a non-porous material that is ideal for workspaces around sinks or tubs, but it is also resistant to chemicals, impact and heavy-duty wear and tears.

Plastic Laminate

This is not material as strong as the resins, but it is good for labs in which dry working conditions are the norm. This is not a good material for exposure to chemicals, heat or moisture, but it is very affordable.

Stainless Steel

This is one of the best if your lab countertops need to be kept or easily sterilized. It withstands high temperatures and one expert writes that it is “a good choice for biological science labs, microbiology biomedical, pharmaceutical, medical, and hospital labs.”

At AGRfabricators.com, you can find the many kinds laboratory countertops described above, along with the work benches, accessories and lab tables ideal for your diverse needs.  Get in touch to get samples or quotes for your lab design or upgrade projects.

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