In construction, cladding refers to the process of covering a portion or an entire wall. There are two types of cladding – Interior and Exterior. While exterior-grade cladding is relatively more durable due to increased exposure to the elements, interior wall cladding is expected to deliver a balance of aesthetics, durability, and additional attributes such as moisture resistance. In this pursuit, high-pressure laminate (HPL) interior cladding has proven to be a reliable choice as a versatile and long-lasting surfacing material. However, with numerous brands claiming to offer the best interior wall cladding, making the right selection can be overwhelming. Read on as we answer some of the commonly asked questions about HPL interior wall cladding.
What is HPL interior cladding?
Interior cladding is used as a surfacing material for various interior applications, including entire walls and backsplashes in kitchens and bathrooms. As the name suggests, HPL interior cladding is made from high-pressure laminates. Let’s examine its composition:
1. Internally, layers of Kraft paper are combined and bonded with special additives, such as halogen-free FR-Grade phenolic resins.
2. The Kraft core is covered with a layer made from a unique exterior-grade decorative paper surface, created using special chemicals such as extremely light-stable pigments and inks that are bonded with melamine resins.
3. The outer surface is protected with a high-quality polymeric surface protection film layer, which contributes to its durability and resistance against dust, hail, and frost.
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What are the benefits of installing HPL interior cladding?
Made from high-quality materials and adhering to the highest industry standards, HPL interior wall panels offer a diverse array of benefits. These include:
Unmatched Aesthetic Appeal
Greenlam’s HPL interior wall panels are available in a wide range of design options, color shades, and textures, helping to enhance decor in both residential and commercial spaces.
Renowned for their exceptional durability, HPL interior wall panels provide a comprehensive surfacing solution. HPL cladding features anti-microbial, moisture-resistant, fire-resistant, abrasion-resistant, and scratch-resistant properties.
Minimal Upkeep & Easy Installation
Greenlam’s HPL interior wall panels arrive in ready-to-fit condition and require minimal maintenance. Simply wipe the surface once a day with a microfiber cloth to maintain the panels’ sheen.
What are the different HPL interior cladding systems?
HPL interior wall panels are well-known for their balanced profile of aesthetics, longevity, and seamless functionality. In terms of seamless functionality, there are three types of HPL interior wall panel systems. These are:
The Alpha system is designed to provide a “seamless” look on dry walls. A special top cover that comes with the cladding is used to merge with the wall and eliminate any remaining gaps. This system is essential for achieving an evenly finished look at the floor-wall corner connection.
Primarily intended for internal and external corners, cladding in the Beta system comes with or without a skirting profile and a specially designed top profile to eliminate gaps in the top open end of the cladding system and hold the top panel. Meanwhile, the bottom profile is left to accommodate the open ends of the flooring surface.
Exclusively designed to cover the space between doors and windows, HPL interior panels in the Zigma system come with a curved top profile to facilitate a robust hold while maintaining near-perfect alignment.
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How Do I clean and maintain HPL interior wall cladding?
As mentioned earlier, Greenlam’s HPL interior wall panels require minimal upkeep. However, it is advisable to follow a simple maintenance protocol at least once a day for optimum results. This includes:
1. Wiping the dust with a dry or dampened cloth/sponge.
2. Managing stubborn stains with a household detergent.
3. Using special alcohol-based cleaners for UV-resistant panels; however, be sure to test-clean a small portion and observe the results before applying it to the entire section.
4. Avoiding the use of abrasive cleaning agents.
5. Refraining from scouring panels with any tool.
6. Using solvent cleaners to remove graffiti and varnishes.
About Greenlam Clads
Though various interior wall cladding materials are available, HPL interior wall panels are ideal for all types of decor themes, ranging from residential properties to commercial stores, striking a perfect balance of elegance, longevity, and other aforesaid factors. When considering opting for HPL interior-grade cladding, look no further than Greenlam Clads. We are a leading name in providing high-quality wall panels for both interior and exterior uses. To learn more about our available cladding options, call our toll-free number 1800-833-0004 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can fill out our contact form.