Kitlab furniture is available with a choice of benchtop materials. This is a breakdown of the key features of each type:
Moulded Laminate - Suitable for labs in which non-corrosive materials are being used, such as microscopy rooms, physics and electronics laboratories and benches where instruments are stored. This benchtop has white-fronted rounded edges.
Enamelled Glass – This material is highly resistant to corrosive materials and temperature fluctuations. Its seam free and water tight design make it easy to clean and decontaminate, making this material particularly well suited to biology, bacteriology and life science labs. It has a high temperature resistance up to 270°C, is shock resistant and resistant to many corrosive chemicals (note: not resistant to HF acid). It is composed of 6mm thick opal coloured enamelled glass bonded to a waterproof chipboard layer with a white PVC edge on the front.
TRESPA - A solid grade material based on thermosetting resins- homogeneously reinforced with cellulose fibres. Scratch, wear and impact resistant. Colourfast. Temperature resistant to 180°C for 15 minutes without change. Resistant to dry heat (BS3794). TRESPA can be used in areas where laboratory chemicals, solvents, disinfectants, dye stuffs and bleaching agents are likely to be used.
Sandstone (Earthenware)- is especially suited to chemical lab due to its high level of resistance to acids (except HF acid) and alkalis. This benchtop is composed of a non-porous earthenware tile bonded to a 19mm thick water resistant backing complete with silicone sealing. It is edged with white PVC to the front.