GRADESFINISHESSIZES
See National Product Guide (NPG) for specific sizes for each grade and finish

GRADE DEFINITIONS

  • Grade 10 General Purpose Grade (HGS, Nominal Thickness .048"(1.2mm))
    The most widely specified grade; recommended for horizontal and vertical interior applications.
  • Grade 12 Horizontal Postforming Grade (HGP, Nominal Thickness .039"(1.0mm))
    Postformable to permit bending on suitable commercial postforming equipment. Use whenever forming is desired for decorative or functional purposes in interior applications. Optimum postforming temperature is 325°F (163°C). Note: When used with a polished finish, Grade 12 is recommended only for light duty horizontal surfaces.
  • Grade 20 Vertical Postforming Grade (VGP, Nominal Thickness .028" (0.7mm))
    Outside and inside radii to 3/8" (9.5mm). A forming grade designed for vertical or light duty horizontal interior applications requiring radiused edges. Thinner than Grade 12; excellent for postformed radii. Installed panel width not to exceed 24" (609.6mm) maximum.
  • Grade 32 Fire-Rated Vertical Grade (VGF, Nominal Thickness .032" (0.8mm))
    Intended for use in vertical and horizontal interior applications which require low flame spread ratings to conform to building codes. Classified by Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. and meets most military and marine specifications. Slightly thinner than Grade 50. Available only for selected Fire Rated Laminate items.
  • Grade CC ColorCore (HCS, Nominal Thickness .039" (1.0mm))
    ColorCore surfacing material in matte finish for general purpose interior use. Solid color throughout; eliminates the "dark line" of standard laminates. Available only for Matte finish ColorCore surfacing material items.
  • Grade 50 Fire-Rated General Purpose Grade (HGF, Nominal Thickness .048"(1.2mm))
    Intended for use in vertical and horizontal interior applications which require low flame spread ratings to conform to building codes. Classified by Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. and meets most military and marine specifications. Available only for selected Fire Rated Laminate items.
  • Grade 51 General Purpose Grade (HGS, Nominal Thickness .050" (1.2mm))
    Dimensional laminate for horizontal and vertical interior applications. Similar in properties to Grade 10. Available only for selected Naturals Collection items.
  • Grade 52 General Purpose Post-Forming Grade (HGP, Nominal Thickness .039" (1.0mm))
    Postformable to permit bending on suitable commercial postforming equipment. Used whenever forming is desired for decorative or functional purposes in interior applications. Similar in properties to Grade 12. Available only for selected Naturals Collection items.
  • Grade 53 Vertical Postforming Grade (VGP, Nominal Thickness .028", 0.7mm))
    Postformable to permit bending on suitable commercial postforming equipment. Used whenever forming is desired for decorative or functional purposes in interior applications. Similar in properties to Grade 20. Available only for Leather and Corrugation Finishes.
  • Grade 54 Vertical Dimensional Grade (VGD, Nominal Thickness .04" (1.2mm))
    Dimensional laminate for vertical interior applications. Available only for Punched and Quilted Finishes.
  • Grade 87 Fire Rated Backing Sheet Grade (BLF, Nominal Thickness .028" (0.7mm))
    Non-decorative surface; light duty interior use, fire-rated backing sheet for balancing and moisture control of laminate panels. Available only for selected Fire Rated Laminate Backing Sheet items.
  • Grade 89 Fire Rated Backing Sheet Grade (BCF, Nominal Thickness .048" (1.2mm))
    Non-decorative surface; general purpose interior use fire-rated backing sheet for balancing and moisture control of laminate panels. Available only for selected Fire Rated Laminate Backing Sheet items.
  • Grade 91 Backing Sheet Grade (BKL, Nominal Thickness .020" (0.5mm))
    Non-decorative surface; light duty interior use backing sheet for balancing and moisture control of laminate panels. Available only for selected Backing Sheet items.
  • Grade 92 Backing Sheet Grade (BKH, Nominal Thickness .048" (1.2mm))
    Non-decorative surface; general purpose interior use backing sheet for balancing and moisture control of laminate panels. Available only for selected Backing Sheet items.
  • Grade A3 Chemtop2 Postforming Grade (Nominal Thickness .038" (1.0mm))
    Chemtop2 Postforming Grade designed for interior horizontal and vertical surfaces where resistance to chemicals is necessary. Ideal postforming temperature is 288F (142C). Formica Chemtop2 can be postformed to a minimum 1/2" (12.7mm) outside radius and 3/16" (4.8mm) inside cove radius.
  • Grade BA Vertical Postforming Grade (VGP, Nominal Thickness .028" (0.7mm))
    Outside and inside radii to 3/8"(9.5mm). A forming grade designed for vertical or light duty horizontal interior applications requiring radiused edges. Thinner than Grade 12; excellent for postformed radii. Installed panel width not to exceed 24" (609.6mm) maximum.
  • Grade C2 Backing Sheet Grade (BKH, Nominal Thickness, .030" (0.8mm))
    Non-decorative surface; general purpose interior use backing sheet for balancing and moisture control of laminate panels. Available only for selected Backing Sheet items.
  • Grade C9 Cabinet Liner Grade (CLS, Nominal Thickness .020" (0.5mm)
    Non decorative surface; light duty interior use cabinet liner for balancing and moisture control of laminate panels. Available only for Cabinet Liners.
  • Grade FG General Purpose Vertical Grade (HGV, Nominal Thickness .090" (2.3mm))
    Use only for interior purposes. Available on Formica frpSelect items only.

FINISH DEFINITIONS

  • Natural (-00)
    Non-decorative finish. Available only on Backing sheets.
  • Brushed (-09)
    A classic, linear brushed finish that runs lengthwise on the sheet of laminate, practical for horizontal and vertical surfaces. Available only on selected Authentix Collection items.
  • Corrugation* (-11)
    A uniquely textured, linear matte finish that mimics corrugated cardboard. The ribs have natural variations and run lengthwise on the sheet of laminate. Recommended for vertical or light-duty horizontal applications where cleanability is not an issue.
  • Quilted (-15)
    Raised harlequin diamond pattern that runs lenghtwise on the sheet of laminate. Suggested for vertical use due to deep texture. Available only on selected Authentix Collection items.
  • Sparkle* (-42)
    A small-scale textured finish which imparts a brighter, more durable surface.
  • Artisan (-43)
    A look reminiscent of the hand-rubbed, oiled finish used by craftsmen to produce fine wood furniture and surfaces. Not recommended for heavy-duty horizontal applications such as countertops. Available only for selected Woodgrain Collection items.
  • Punched (-45)
    Small embossed square shapes that produce and architectural effect. Suggested for vertical use due to deep texture. Available only on selected Authentix Collection items.
  • Etchings (-46)
    A softly polished and etched surface dappled with highlights from tiny fractures and fissures reminiscent to those found in real granite and stone. Recommended for horizontal applications such as residential countertops and vertical interior applications. Available only on specific stone and granite patterns in the Etchings Finish Collection.
  • Powdered (-47)
    An understated textural, non-directional finish that imparts a suttle glossy finish, multifunctional for horizontal and vertical surfaces. Available only on selected Authentix Collection items.
  • Matte* (-58)
    A finish that imparts a warm, pleasing effect that enhances the beauty of color and produces a greater clarity and depth.
  • Honed (-77)
    A low sheen satin finish with subtle surface clefts and crevices that mimic softly brushed stone. A soft and natural finish that is appropriate for travertines, slates, and river washed granites. Recommended for horizontal applications such as residential countertops and vertical interior applications. Available only on specific patterns in the Honed Finish Collection.
  • Polished (-90)*
    A high-gloss finish ideal for applications that require maximum smoothness and reflectance. Recommended for vertical or light duty horizontal interior applications. Not recommended for heavy-duty horizontal applications such as countertops.
  • 1Chemtop2 (-CT)
    A finish to resist chemicals, stains, impact, and heat. Available only for selected Chemtop2 Collection items.
  • MicroDot (-MC)
    A low-sheen finish with subtle, with concave circles arranged in a tight grid formation. Suitable for vertical or horizontal usage. Available only on selected Color Portfolio items in the MicroDot collection.
  • Naturelle (-NT)
    Finish that marries a low-sheen with subtle straight grain ticking to create a realistic natural wood look and finish. Recommended for vertical or light-duty horizontal use only. Not recommended for heavy-duty horizontal applications such as countertops. Available only on selected patterns in the Woodgrains Collection.
  • Riverwash (-RW)
    Enhances the look and dry-touch feel of naturalized man-made materials aged to a patina by flowing and running water. Features registered, low lustre, dual gloss texturing to mimic the aggregate stones in concrete and rusted elements in metals. Recommended for horizontal applications such as residential countertops and vertical interior applications. Available only on specific patterns in the Riverwash Finish Collection.

* Available as a finish option on all Color Portfolio, Woodgrains, Patterns and Formations® Collection items as a factory order.
See Finish Options.