Some of the most abused areas in your laboratory include lab countertops. But the good news is, there are various other alternatives available besides the commonly used black epoxy found in labs. Finding the right material depends on the type of experiments and work you conduct on a daily basis.
Lab Design News gave us 6 alternatives , including the benefits and concerns, to choose from when considering our lab countertops:
Excellent resistance to acids, alkalies, and solvents and to bacteria, fungus, and mold
Resistant to heat up to 350°F and to normal physical abuse.
Cannot be easily modified in the field as it is a poured product. Drilling a hole might be difficult.
Scratches easily and has less impact resistance compared to phenolic or steel
Corrosion and chemical resistant. Good for chlorine use as it won’t change color.
Highly lightweight, durable and machinable
High fungal/bacterial and moisture resistance
Resist temperatures up to 350°F
Not recommended around open flames as most varieties are not fire retardant.
Commonly used in physical testing facilities, food laboratories, and high-impact testing facilities
Easy to restore
Doesn’t hold up well against chemicals
Can breed bacteria if not cleaned properly
High Pressure Laminate
Good for dry areas with limited chemical use (are available in a chemically resistant grade)
Easy on the budget
Can withstand heat up to 275°F
Common use is for ESD (electrostatic dissipative) applications
Not moisture-, mold-, or bacteria-resistant