Questions & Answers

What other advantage does Compact Laminate offer?

Wilsonart® Compact Laminate exhibit high resistance to impact and stress cracking due to their thickness.

Why is it advantageous for a Compact Laminate to be sanded on the back side?

Product Types 117 or 514 are both sanded on the back side. This allows the laminate to be fabricated over a frame instead of a substrate, and required no cross banding. It is often used as a component of tabletops, interior doors, or bonded to a structural member of a subway car interior.

What about durability?

The durability and impact resistance of Wilsonart® Compact Laminate exceeds that of comparably thick panels composed of HPDL applied to two sides of medium density fiberboard.

Where are the double-faced Compact Laminates used?

Compact Laminates are used in applications such as toilet and dressing room partitions, instrumentation panels, workbenches, shelving, cabinetry and counter or tabletops.

Is it necessary to bond to a substrate when using Compact Laminate?

Compact Laminates are produced in various thicknesses adequate to preclude the use of a substrate. They are useful where flat, freestanding panels are needed for decorative and/or functional purposes.

What is Wilsonart® Compact Laminate?

Compact Laminate is composed of melamine decorative papers superimposed over Kraft phenolic core sheets to achieve the desired thickness. Decorative surface papers may be used on both sides of the panel, or one side may be sanded for bonding to a suitable frame.

Who can install Wilsonart® Decorative Edges?

Information on qualified Decorative Edge fabricators in your area is available from any of our regional warehouses or your local Wilsonart Distributor. For a listing of distributors in your area, please call (800) 433-3222.

Are all of the Wilsonart® Decorative Edge profiles available locally?

Many Wilsonart distributors and regional warehouses stock both the Bevel Edge and Crescent edge profiles in the most popular Wilsonart® Laminate designs. Non-stock options can be ordered through your Wilsonart distributor.

Will Wilsonart® Decorative Edges perform as well as postformed edges?

Yes. Wilsonart® Decorative Edges carry a ten-year warranty against delamination of the decorative surface from the molding core material under conditions of normal commercial and household use.

Are special orders available on the Wilsonart® Decorative Edges Flash program?

Yes. We will ship all custom orders just as soon as they are ready. We must follow the Decorative Edges lead time, which is 7-10 business days.

How are Wilsonart® Decorative Edge orders generally shipped?

There are several shipping options available for Wilsonart® Decorative Edges. The Flash program offers one-day manufacturing time and ships via air freight directly to the customer. The air freight fee is for the customer's account. The Wilsonart trucking fleet is also available for Decorative Edge delivery.

What are the lead times for Wilsonart® Decorative Edges?

There is a standard 7-10 business day lead time for orders less than 100 pieces. Any standard order over 100 pieces is subject to a longer lead time. Special orders carry a 14 day lead time.

Can you get Performance Laminates like Chemsurf® or Wilsonart® High Wear Laminate on Decorative Edges?

Wilsonart® Decorative Edges are available in the pattern/finish combination shown on the Residential Wallboard or Binder.

Can you get Wilsonart® Decorative Metals on Wilsonart® Decorative Edges?

No. Decorative Metals on Decorative Edges are not available.

Is there an upcharge for special orders of Decorative Edges?

There is no upcharge for custom orders. There may be a minimum order quantity as well as an extended lead time. 

What is a special Decorative Edge order?

Wilsonart® Decorative Edges with Wilsonart® Laminate in a non-standard finish or pattern are considered a special order. Special orders require a 10 stick minimum.

How many profiles are there for Wilsonart® Decorative Edges?

Wilsonart offers two edge profiles in Bevel and Crescent. Both are available in FE (Flat Edge) or SE (Snap Edge).

What lengths are available in Wilsonart® Decorative Edges?

Decorative Edges are available in 12' lengths only.

Why is Digital Print Laminate more expensive than conventional laminate?

Digital Print Laminate is essentially a one-of-a-kind, hand-made product. Because of the additional time and processing required to produce each sheet, the product is more costly to make. Still, in many cases, it is a less expensive alternative to other customized or hand-rendered processes that are available.

How long does it take to produce a sheet of Custom Laminate?

The Digital Print (WxY) Laminate process incorporates several steps, including design approval and manufacturing. Normally, it takes 14 days from the receipt of an approved layout and sample for laminate to ship from our manufacturing plant.

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