Cleaner and greener, decorative laminate products are gaining ground
Throw out all your misconceptions about laminated wood products. By 2030, the valuation for the Decorative Laminates market is expected to surpass $72.1 billion1. Why? In part because of the material’s durability, cleanability and limitless design potential. Coupled with its 100 percent carbon neutral profile, laminated wood products aren’t just trending—they’re essential for manufacturers to know and leverage across residential, commercial and recreational spaces.
Naturally, various hardwood wood species pull different hues that can impact overall color outcome. This can yield drastic differences in appearance. And with more susceptibility to scratches and other damage, it’s a less than ideal choice for high-traffic commercial, residential or recreational spaces. With laminated wood products, you can create similar designs that have four key advantages over hardwood:
Lamination technology ensures a surface that is durable, cleanable and easily replicated and replaced.
Achieve the look of solid wood with the added benefit of using a sustainable product that is resource-efficient.
Laminated Composite wood has a better value than hardwood without sacrificing style. In many instances it can reduce costs 20–50%.
By 2030, the valuation for the Decorative Laminates market is expected to surpass $72.1 billion1.
With tens of thousands of films and finishes available, laminated wood products make virtually any design achievable. Beyond the extensive selection of styles and finishes, Decorative Laminates offer flexibility thanks to their advanced, lightweight materials.
Replicate hardwood finishes in intricate detail with evergreen and organic-looking surface patterns that cost less and offer more cohesive patterns.
Create the sophistication of a solid, matte finish without the challenges of paint or powder coating typically needed for hardwood.
Use trending colors like green, mauve and blush (think more pastels, less jewel tones) without fear of fading.
Progress in material advancements and surface applications have made way for virtually indestructible laminated wood products. The high pressure lamination (HPL) process bonds together layers of resin impregnated kraft paper, decorative paper and clear melamine at high pressures and temperatures. That layer enables scratch- and stain-resistant surfaces unmatched by hardwood.
Resistant to scratches and stains, Decorative Laminates are low maintenance and easy to care for.
Advancements in laminate materials result in colors that stand up to sunlight and won’t fade.
Unlike hardwoods, which are more susceptible to warping, laminated wood products can endure variations in temperature without distorting.
Sustainable and budget-friendly
Every laminated Composite wood cabinet and door starts its life as a recycled product. So by their very nature, the woods used to create Decorative Laminates are environmentally conscious and resource efficient.
Composite wood, the foundation of decorative laminated products, has benefits beyond reduced budgets and resource efficiency. Their carbon storing properties mean they are even climate positive, a huge sustainability advantage. Some key facts:
And now more than ever, sustainability is a consumer priority. In a recent Nielsen poll, 73% of millennials said they were willing to pay more for sustainable products.3 It’s no wonder that large-scale businesses in the hospitality industry are taking notice. Marriot International’s Serve360 has committed to replacing all solid wood furniture in its hotel rooms with Composite wood as part of their effort to reduce carbon intensity 30% by 2026 and to be net zero by 20504.
For more details on Composite wood’s carbon neutrality, check out the Genesis Blog for an interview with Kenn Busch, sustainability thought leader and founder of Material Intelligence, on the Genesis blog.
73% of millennials are willing to pay more for sustainable products.2
Genesis Products is one of the leading laminate panel and component suppliers in the U.S. We run 9 hot and cold lamination lines for the rapid delivery of almost any conceivable specification. Explore some of our products that are helping drive standards across industries.
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