High Pressure Laminate

High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) is the most common and most economical material for benchtops and surfaces in New Zealand. Some people refer to High-Pressure Laminate as Formica. HPL is very durable and comes in a great range of colours and textures.

High-pressure laminates are used for work surfaces such as kitchen and laundry benchtops, bathroom vanity tops, cabinets and tables, motorhomes and caravans.  HPL is also used in commercial environments and can be used in vertical situations like toilet cubicles.

Simply Surfaces supply and install many brands of high-pressure laminate. You can check out their colour range here. 


What is HPL?

High Pressure Laminate is a product manufactured of quality craft papers and printed papers that are fused together with phenolic resins, combined with surface plates heated under extreme pressures to form the HPL material.

Where is HPL best used?

High wear work surfaces – eg, kitchens, offices, hospitality, medical, educational and commercial areas. It can also be used for decorative paneling and wall shelving systems.

It is more cost effective than Acrylic/Solid Surface?

HPL is generally known as an excellent entry level, cost effective surface for high wear areas. HPL can on average, be 3 – 5 times more cost effective than other commonly used products, such as natural granites and engineered stone in similar environments.

What is the lead time for a new benchtop?

Depending on the complexity of the job, this can be anywhere from days to weeks, but in general, we operate on a 10 working day time frame for HPL, and 10-20 working days for Solid Surface products, from the date of order confirmation.

How long does an HPL surface take to install?

Depending on the complexity of the job and location, installation could take from 1 hour to 8 hours.  Very occasionally, we may have to visit the site on a second day to complete finishing details.

Can I install it myself?

Depending on the complexity of the job, this can sometimes be arranged.

Can I choose which colour and texture I would like?

Yes, we have hundreds of colours and textures available.  You can also choose to have a matt, semi-gloss, high-gloss, wood grain or embossed finish.