Chemical Resistant Tops Comparison

CRITERIA
EPOXY RESIN
PHENOLIC RESIN
STAINLESS STEEL
HDPE
CHEMICAL RESISTANT LAMINATE
LAB APPLICATION Heavy Duty Moderate Moderate to Heavy Duty Light Duty to Moderate Light Duty
 
CORROSIVE CHEMICAL RESISTANCE High Moderate Moderate Moderate Light
 
CARBON-BASED CHEMICAL RESISTANCE High Moderate High Moderate Light
 
TEMPERATURE RESISTANCE High Moderate High Poor Poor
 
LEAD TIME Longer than others Moderate Longer than others Quick Quick
 
MATERIAL Silica and resin based Paper & resin based Stainless Steel Plastic based Laminate based
 
PRICE $$$$ $$$ $$$$$ $$ $
 
SAMPLE ENVIRONMENTS Chemical, Industrial Medical, Clinical, Bio-science Food Service, Medical, Clinical Marine Biology, Food & Beverage Dry Chemical, Physical Science
 
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Chemical Resistant Countertop Features

Epoxy Resin Work Surface MSDS
 

Epoxy Resin Countertops

Epoxy resin countertops consist of sheets cast from modified epoxy resin and non-asbestos inert fillers; compounded mixture cured and thermoset specifically from formulation to provide exceptional physical and chemical resistance required in heavy duty laboratory environments.

Advantages
  • Highest chemical resistance
  • Long-lasting durability and visual appeal
  • Low lifetime total cost of ownership
  • Offers high flexibility for labs which may be re-tasked later
  • Made in the USA
 
Applications

Epoxy resin offers the highest and most trusted standard in chemical resistance, including corrosive chemicals, and very high-temperature tolerance. Epoxy resin is extremely robust and long lasting. Epoxy countertops are commonly utilized in K-12 labs, university labs, applied science research labs, hospital labs, clinics, pharmaceutical, biomedical, molecular pathology, industrial testing or any chemical labs including oil and spectrometry.

Disadvantages
  • Epoxy resin is made to order, and may be subject to longer lead times
  • Epoxy resin is extremely hard material, very difficult to customize or fabricate in the field.
  • Very heavy, may lead to higher shipping costs.
  • Installation needs to be performed by experienced personnel.
  • The most common colors are black and gray. If white or custom color epoxy resin top is requested, the price will increase.
 
Solid Phenolic Compact MSDS
 

Phenolic Resin Countertops

Phenolic Resin is constructed of saturated melamine resins and layers of phenolic impregnated kraft paper. The melamine resins and the kraft paper form into a monolithic slab under extreme heat and pressure to create a thick, durable, compact laminate. The melamine resin produces a very durable thermoset plastic when combined with formaldehyde.

Advantages
  • Totally nonabsorbent
  • Unique appearance and high durability
  • Easily modified in the field
  • Resistant to heat and moisture
  • Easy to clean
  • Made in the USA
 
Applications

Phenolic resin is well suited for a variety of industrial and laboratory applications, such as sample processing labs, microbiology labs, agriculture, water treatment facilities, R&D or testing labs, pharmaceutical, radiology, biochemical labs, photography labs and various medical labs. Especially popular in hematology and urology labs. Phenolic resin is a non-absorbent, moderately chemical resistant, heat resistant, moisture resistant, easy to clean, extremely hard material. Formaspace stocks phenolic resin in multiple colors, and can special order custom colors on request.

Disadvantages
  • Can be damaged by open flame
  • Not designed for caustic chemicals
  • Should not be exposed to direct sunlight, temperature over 135 C, or extreme humidity
 

Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel is low carbon steel, which contains chromium at around 10%. Chromium gives the steel its unique stainless, corrosion resistant properties. Stainless steel has especially high levels of chromium and nickel-alloyed grades and is able to retain its strength at high temperatures up to 1500 F (816 C).

Advantages
  • 0% absorbency for easy cleaning
  • Beautiful, timeless appearance
  • 100% recyclable
  • High resistance to carbon-based chemicals and fire
 
Applications

Stainless steel countertops are recommended for carbon-based chemical labs, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, clean rooms, and specialty settings. Stainless is easy to clean and non-absorbent; there are no pores or cracks to harbor dirt, grime, or bacteria. Attractive and requires minimal care. Stainless steel is the greenest material Formaspace carries due its infinite design lifetime and 100%, low-energy recyclability.

Disadvantages
  • Can be scratched
  • Dents after a certain amount of time
  • Typically more expensive than other countertop options
 

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Countertops

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is best known as an FDA compliant food grade quality plastic. However, its’ resistance to acids and caustics make it a preferred countertop for labs that requires chemical resistance. HDPE is a rigid plastic with a large strength-to-density ratio of up to 970 kg/m3. It can also hold up to 120 degrees C for short periods, 110 degrees C continuously. It also has exceptional resistance to UV rays.

Advantages
  • Very soft
  • Nonabsorbent
  • Resistant to many solvents
  • Economical alternative to other specialty surfaces
  • High impact resistant
  • Moisture resistant
 
Applications

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) may sound tough, but it is soft compared to other surface materials making it great for working on delicate research subjects that can damage on harder surfaces. HDPE is often used in laboratory environments due to its lack of porosity and resistance to many solvents. Other applications listed are food and beverage, body product packaging, cleaning fluids, medicinal supplements, chemical resistant piping, and various biology labs.

Disadvantages
  • Easily scratched
  • Low stiffness
  • Flammable
  • High thermal expansion
 
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High-Pressure Laminate MSDS
 
Compact Laminate MSDS

Chemical Resistant Laminate Countertops

Chemical resistant laminate offers moderate resistance to non-corrosive and non-volatile chemicals. This countertop material is typically the most budget-friendly chemical resistant material that simultaneously provides a durable and stylish design.

Advantages
  • Most cost-effective among chemical resistant countertop options
  • In stock for quick delivery
  • Low-cost customization is available
  • Easy to maintain
 
Applications

Chemical resistant laminates perform best in light duty laboratory applications or when the price is the most important purchase criteria. We do not suggest using chemical resistant laminates in environments where surfaces may come in contact with carbon-based chemicals, conditions conducive to communicable diseases, or environments prohibiting volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Standard applications areas for chemical resistant laminate countertops are serology or urology labs, college labs, pathogenic labs, hospital bathrooms and nursing stations, photographic labs, mortuaries, dental offices and beauty salons.

Disadvantages
  • Delaminates in wet environments
  • Poor heat resistance
  • Abrasive cleaners will damage the surface
  • All chemical spills should be wiped immediately
  • Using sharp objects directly on the surface will damage the countertop
 

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- L. Davis, Mission Health Hospital

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