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What makes high-pressure laminate a popular kitchen design material?

Celebrated for its robust nature and customisable appearance, high-pressure laminate has become a cornerstone in modern kitchen design in both residential and commercial settings. 

Why high-pressure laminate is a must in modern kitchen design

From guaranteed durability to resistance to moisture, heat and stains, it is no surprise that high-pressure laminate has been revealed as a leading kitchen design material. In this article, we delve into the desirable traits of high-pressure laminate when designing a functional yet stylish kitchen, answering the following questions:


  • What is high-pressure laminate? 
  • What can high-pressure laminate be used for?
  • Why use high-pressure laminate in kitchen design?
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What is high-pressure laminate?

High-pressure laminate, or HPL, is one of the most durable decorative surface materials. Suitable for both interior and exterior use, HPL is made by combining layers of paper with resin, which is then subjected to high heat and pressure to create a single hardened surface. 


At Alanod, we work closely with HPL manufacturers to create an even more robust HPL material, providing high-quality aluminium sheets to incorporate into the laminate during the manufacturing process. These aluminium sheets can be finished with a coating to create a metallic finish or unique visual effect. 

What can high-pressure laminate be used for?

The versatility of high-pressure laminate means it can be applied across several settings, with one of the most popular being in kitchen designs. Boasting strength, enhanced hygiene and aesthetic appeal, HPL is an ideal choice for both homes and commercial environments, able to be used for: 


  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Kitchen countertops
  • Kitchen splashbacks
  • Kitchen islands
  • Dining tables and seating
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Why use high-pressure laminate in kitchen design?

What makes high-pressure laminate a popular kitchen design material extends far beyond its surface-level attributes. Learn more about the key benefits below: 

1. Robust, durable and long-lasting

Kitchen surfaces inevitably go through their fair share of wear and tear. From the constant fluctuation of heat to the use of sharp cooking utensils and harsh cleaning products, the ability to withstand impact and wear resistance is vital, a trait that comes hand-in-hand with high-pressure laminate. 


Thanks to the surface consistency and manufacturing process of HPL, the material is naturally highly resistant to scuffs, scratches and stains. It has built an exceptional reputation as one of the most resilient decorative surface materials, more than capable of lasting over a decade. 


Along with its resistant nature, HPL is also considered waterproof. During the manufacturing process, the layers of paper are soaked in thermosetting resins known for their water-resistant properties. This means that HPL can be used not only for cabinets, countertops, and splashbacks but also alongside under-mounted sinks. 

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2. High heat resistance

Another trait that makes high-pressure laminate an ideal kitchen material is its exceptional heat resistance. Although the level of heat resistance is determined by the quality and thickness of the laminate, you can rest assured that your HPL surfaces will not warp or deform, and the structural integrity will not be impacted when subjected to temperature changes. 


If you are designing a commercial kitchen, for example, and are looking for the highest level of heat resistance, you can find manufacturers who conduct specific tests. These tests can provide you with information about the maximum temperature threshold that the laminate can withstand without damage. 

3. Endless design choices

As mentioned above, we often provide coated aluminium surfaces to HPL manufacturers, proving just one of the many design choices available when designing a kitchen. This adds a contemporary touch to any kitchen design, whether a classic gold shade or a vibrant metallic red. 


Along with a metallic effect, HPL surfaces can also be customised to replicate a wood-grain finish, marbled design or a simple high gloss colour. This allows customers to take advantage of the highly durable, long-lasting nature of laminate while still achieving the vision they had in mind.

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4. Easy to clean and maintain

Ease of cleaning is a must-have when designing kitchen materials, and high-pressure laminate is the perfect candidate for achieving just that. As HPL is a smooth, non-porous material, there are no pores to harbour dirt, bacteria and other contaminants. Not only this, but the waterproof nature of HPL also means it is not susceptible to mould or mildew. Together, this makes kitchen surfaces far easier to clean and disinfect, reducing the risk of bacteria growth.


When it comes to maintenance, HPL simply requires cleaning with mild soapy water. The material promises high resistance to stains, meaning that any spillages can easily be wiped away without the need for harsh chemicals to remove discolouration. 

5. Affordable without compromising quality

When compared to other popular kitchen materials such as marble, granite, and quartz, high-pressure laminate is far more affordable without compromising quality. It has become a popular choice for those who favour the appearance of a more high-maintenance material, such as marble or wood, but want to avoid high costs and inevitable damage with constant use. In choosing HPL, customers can enjoy their desired aesthetic finish but with added durability and longevity. 

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Elevating kitchen designs with high-pressure laminate

As we look into the future of kitchen design, it is evident that high-pressure laminate will continue to play a pivotal role, helping to redefine the standards of durability and style. Whether it be impact-resistant worksurfaces in a busy commercial kitchen or decorative splashbacks in a cosy family home, high-pressure laminate should certainly be a top choice for kitchen manufacturers worldwide. 


If you are interested in maximising the potential of your HPL surfaces with aluminium, please do not hesitate to contact Alanod. With over 40 years of experience working closely with global manufacturers, we remain a reliable partner for all aluminium supply requirements. 

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