TFL and HPL are both durable and resistant to wear and tear, but they have some key differences in terms of their materials and manufacturing processes, durability and performance, cost and availability, and applications. Understanding these differences can help you make informed decisions about which type of laminate material is best suited for your needs. Read more about the differences.
TFL vs. HPL: Understanding the Differences in Laminate Materials
Thermally Fused Laminate TFL Panels are produced by fusing a resin-based sheet of decor paper directly to a core. There are no kraft paper layers used in TFL. Pressure and heat activate the resin-based sheet and create a cross linked bond with the core. This seals the core making it impossible to peel away. TFL panels have a lower cost, but potentially take longer to produce depending on color and pattern requested.
- Permanently bonded to industrial grade particle board or MDF
- Reduced cost
- Fewer colors available
- Hardness: 2144 psi
HPL High Pressure Laminate Explained
High Pressure Laminate HPL Panels are produced by saturating multiple layers of kraft paper layers with phenolic resin. An additional protective overlay as well as the decor paper are placed on top of the kraft paper before pressing. These layers are all fused together with high heat and pressure and glued to the core resulting in a harder tougher surface. MT Manufacturing Services always provides double sided HPL panels as shown here. We have found that paper backers on working surfaces such as cabinets, tend to warp over time and do not perform up to our standards.
- Glued to industrial grade particle board, MDF or plywood
- Higher cost
- Expansive color selection
- Hardness: 3618 psi