what is sunmica or Laminates?

Sunmica Finishes

Raw Material
Sunmica is another name for decorative laminates and it is primarily used as a surface finish pasted on top of another wooden or board members. .
Implementation Raw Material
To implement a sunmica or decorative laminate based design in your home, you work with the designer to get the drawing of the furniture item and purchase the required block boards or MDF/HDF or similar wooden members. The sunmica or decorative laminates are then pasted on top of the wood member. You do not need to polish the sunmica based furniture.
Maintenance
Sunmica based furniture requires less maintenance compared to veneer based furniture.
  • General day to day maintenance can be done by just using dry or wet cloth to wipe the sunmica surface
  • These laminates do not take polish so there is no need to do periodic polish on these.
Color; Design
  • Sun mica / Laminate sheets come in a wide variety of colors, styles and designs.
  • These also come in artificial wooden grain styles or colors too so the laminate based designs have options for both natural designs and man-made designs
  • Laminates comes in  matt and glossy finish.
Advantages
  • Lower cost
  • Impact and scratch resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Don’t need wax or polish
  • Easy to install
  • Durable when compared to veneer
  • It needs very little maintenance when compared to veneer.
Disadvantages
  • Some design conscious people say that the Laminate based furniture is not rich looking furniture.
  • As laminates cover the base wood, it is hard to adjudge the quality of wood members used under the laminate/sunmica
IS Designation
Sun mica finishes/ decorative laminates should be according IS 2046-1995
Uses
  • Sun mica finishes/ decorative laminates are used as surface materials on counters, desk tops, cabinets, wardrobes etc.
  • It is also used to provide a neat aesthetic surface on wall paneling too.
Size Availability
Sun mica finishes/ decorative laminates are available in size of 2.44mx 1.22 meter.
Installation/ fixing
The Sun mica / laminates are fixed on the supporting base of ply wood, block board, particle board etc by adhesives. The supporting base should be sanded and free from dust, wax, grease etc. After applying proper adhesive the sheet of laminate is spread and hand rolled from centre to edge and remove all air bubbles.  To ensure adequate bond, sufficient pressure should be applied over the entire area of assembly.
Thickness
  • Thin single face Sun mica finishes/ decorative laminates have thickness of less than 2mm.
  • High pressure sun mica finishes/ decorative laminates are available in thickness of 0.8, 1.0 and 1.5 mm.
Finishing
Decorative laminates come pre-finished and do not require any additional  finishing.
Durability
The laminates are  durable and are used as surface materials and improve their resistance to wear, scratching and domestic stain etc.
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4 responses to “what is sunmica or Laminates?

  1. Stylam high pressure decorative laminates constitute specially selected decorative design papers and high quality absorbent kraft paper impregnated with melamine and phenolic resins respectively,the pack of which is baked and toughened under uniform heat and high pressure.

  2. Stylam Industries Limited has been providing high quality laminates to its customers since 1991. By striving to incorporate the latest technologies with time proven manufacturing processes Stylam will continue to redefine customer expectations.

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