Out of the many types of building materials available to architects and specifiers, Solid Phenolic Wall Panels have become increasingly popular due to their durability, ease of maintenance, versatility, and code-compliance.
This material begins as a paper immersed in thermosetting resins, homogenously reinforced with cellulose fibers, and manufactured under high pressure and temperature. As a result of this unique process, solid phenolic material becomes a product that can withstand very harsh treatment while providing an excellent solution for almost any design requirements. Also, the HPL material can be thought of as 'sustainable' due to its composition and product lifespan of 40 to 60 years.
Solid phenolic is an innovative interior and exterior material solution that has been steadily gaining popularity with facility managers. HPL Wall Cladding made from this material are highly useful in various facilities and public spaces as aesthetically appealing components of effective sound absorption systems. The hpl panels also have a standard Class B fire rating, with Class A options available to meet any fire code compliance requirements under ASTM E84, Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials. In recent tests comparing phenolic material to ASTM test data for other building materials, solid phenolic panels proved equal or superior to other products in the areas of scratch, impact, graffiti, and stain resistance-areas particularly important for high-traffic spaces.