What Materials are Toilet Cubicles made from?
The modern toilet cubicle is functional and easy to maintain, however, there are choices to be made on the material used in manufacture. This is often dependant on budget and robustness. We attempt to discuss the differences here.
The 3 main panel materials used to manufacture a toilet cubicle are:
1. Melamine Faced Chipboard - (MFC - Panoprey)
MFC is a chipboard core coated with decorative papers impregnated with thermosetting resins on both sides of the board. It is recommended for moderate horizontal or vertical use, for offices and interior fitting. Matching PVC edging is available in either 1mm or 2mm.
It is available in a square-edged finish. The overall thickness of the panel is 18mm. MFC is suitable for dry area use only.
Please see our Executive (MFC) style cubicle.
2. High-Pressure Laminate - (HPL)
High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) is a chipboard core coated with decorative high-pressure laminate on both sides. This is bonded onto VR313 moisture resistant 18mm thick chipboard, thus producing a highly durable product. HPL is manufactured via a high pressure/ high-temperature lamination process. It is available in either a square edged finish or a post formed rounded smooth edge. The overall thickness of the panel is 21mm.
The HPL is manufactured from 65% Kraft paper and 35% thermosetting resin which both polymerise under heat and pressure. These are suitable for dry areas only.
Please see our HPL Future style cubicle.
3. Solid Grade Laminate - (SGL 12.5mm thick)
Solid Grade Laminate - (SGL) is composed of several compounded layers of Kraft papers and has two decorative sides, impregnated with thermosetting. This product is particularly suited for high humidity environments due to its inherent water resistance. Its excellent impact resistance makes it ideal for heavy-duty applications. It also has antibacterial sanitized qualities which makes it ideal for use in hospitals and food preparation areas.
The overall thickness of the panel is 12.5mm. SGL is suitable for wet or dry areas.
Unsure of the standard toilet cubicle sizes? Read our recent blog with a guide to toilet cubicle sizes.
As always, our team are at the end of the telephone for all your queries and questions and have a wealth of knowledge they’re happy to share with you. So if you need some guidance, or would like to talk over your options, you can give them a call on 01202 650900.