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Plastic laminate and phenolic stalls are a great alternative to expensive wood partitions. Laminate and phenolic are available in a range of imitation wood patterns. It is possible to stain wood in pine, oak, or walnut tones with relative ease. But achieving ebony, bamboo, or ash colorations could require significant amounts of time and money. Where laminate and phenolic are concerned, exotic wood finishes are typically no more expensive than standard colors.
Plus, we can pair a range of surface textures with this variety of imitation wood patterns. Customers receive a product with a convincing wood appearance that is frequently less expensive than real wood and less maintenance-intensive.
Caring for Laminate, Rather than Wood Partitions
Many real wood varieties are poorly suited to humid environments like bathrooms and locker rooms. Beyond humidity, bathroom stalls see frequent exposure to splashes, soil, and harsh cleaners. These substances can easily damage wood surfaces – even treated and finished woods.
Humidity is still a concern for laminates (because of the particle board core), but the laminate itself can stand up to splashes, soil, and harsh cleaners much better than real wood.
Phenolic is entirely impervious to moisture as well as splashes, soil, and harsh cleaners.
Exciting Wood Partition Finishes
Take your pick from a range of exiting faux wood finishes. These are just a sampling of the “wood” looks possible with laminate and phenolic:
Xanadu – from Wilsonart, available in Bobrick HPL and other products, this “fantasy” wood look incorporates chocolate brown, dark red, black, and metallic bronze.
Smoky Brown Pear – from Formica, available in Bobrick HPL and other products, this warm gray wood imitation blends and exciting grain with a unique color scheme.
Chestnut Woodline – from Formica, available in Bobrick HPL and other products, Chestnut Woodline presents a clean, refined wood appearance.
Burnt Strand – from Formica, available in Bobrick HPL and other products, this look is colder, dark, monochromatic, and fibrous. It works well with contemporary design elements.
Calm Wood-Look Alternatives
For customers seeking the benefits of laminate or phenolic who prefer calmer finishes, several options are available:
Silvretta – a FunderMax pattern, available in Bobrick Phenolic CL and other products, this bright, light wood works well in any situation where pine is needed.
Cello – a FunderMax pattern, available in Bobrick Phenolic CL and other products, use this when a Walnut look finish is required.
As always, if you have any questions relating to laminate (either for phenolic or high-pressure laminate materials), please reach out to Partition Plus’ friendly and knowledgable sales team at 800-298-9696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.