Countertops

Work Surfaces for Your Application and Budget

As tough as it gets.

Your countertops are constantly exposed to abuses such as moisture, abrasion, impact and chemical attack. A truly functional work surface must withstand this abuse yet maintain its mechanical integrity and appearance. 

High Pressure Laminate Surface with 3mm Edge

Plastic laminate work surfaces are available in hundreds of colors, provide moderate chemical resistance and are suitable for most general laboratory applications. The high-pressure plastic laminate rigid PVC is securely bonded to a solid substrate and then fully backed for balanced construction.  The surface has reasonable chemical resistance to a wide range of acids, alkalis, and solvents, with good stain and impact resistance.

Durable, impact resistant 3mm PVC edges are machine applied utilizing water-resistant hot-melt adhesive and radused at the top and bottom edges.

  • Particleboard thickness: 1-1/8", 1" and 3/4".
  • Plywood thickness: 1", 3/4".
  • Joinery: Tight Joined Fasteners.
  • Back and return splashes are separate and field applied.

High Pressure Laminate Surface with Self-Edge

Plastic laminate work surfaces are available in hundreds of colors, provide moderate chemical resistance and are suitable for most general laboratory applications. The high-pressure plastic laminate rigid PVC is securely bonded to a solid substrate and then fully backed for balanced construction.  The surface has reasonable chemical resistance to a wide range of acids, alkalis, and solvents, with good stain and impact resistance.

A Self-Edge laminate countertop is a sleek solution when you are looking for a perfect match between your countertop surface and the edge.

  • Particleboard is available in a buildup 3/4", 1", 1-1/8" and 1-1/2"
    (maximum length 12').
  • Back and return splashes are separate and field applied.

High Pressure Laminate Surface with Wood Edge

Plastic laminate work surfaces are available in hundreds of colors, provide moderate chemical resistance and are suitable for most general laboratory applications. The high-pressure plastic laminate rigid PVC is securely bonded to a solid substrate and then fully backed for balanced construction.  The surface has reasonable chemical resistance to a wide range of acids, alkalis, and solvents, with good stain and impact resistance.

A wood edge adds a both aesthetically pleasing as well as a durable alternative to your work surface. This option is available with the following specifications:

  • Available wood types:  Oak and Maple.
  • Finishes:  Minwax stain or clear coat.
  • Back and return splashes are separate and field applied.

Epoxy Resin

A monolithic thermosetting material composed of modified epoxy resin and a fine filler material. Liquid resin is poured into molds, which may have special shapes and details. After curing, the material exhibits exceptional structural strength and excellent chemical resistance. Finished edges are the same material as the work surface.

  • Thickness:  1."
  • Color: Black is standard with other colors optional.
  • Edge: 1/8" classic bevel.
  • Joinery: Smooth On.

Laboratory Grade Phenolic Resin

Solid phenolic is a high-pressure, thermoset black resin composite, formed throughout the thickness of the panel. The material is non-porous, non-conductive with high impact resistance and superior structural strength.

A variety of chemical-resistant surface finishes and many color options are available.

  • Thickness: 1" and 3/4".
  • Standard Edge: 1/8" bevel.
  • Joinery: Tight Joined.
Laminates

We offer several high quality laminates – perfect for any project.

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Edge Banding

Choose from a variety of contemporary or traditional colors and design to create your very own look.

Charter Industries
Döllken
Rehau
Selection Criteria for Countertops

It is important that you select the right surface material for your project to ensure optimum function and durability.  There are many criteria to consider and some of them are listed on this page.  Please consult with your local Case Systems dealer for more detailed information and a personal consultation for your project.

Here are some of the things to consider:

Abrasion Resistance Conductivity Impact Resistance
Heat Resistance Decontamination Porosity
Color Hardness Stain Resistance
Water Resistance Vandal Resistance Freedom of Design
ADA Guidelines

Products labeled in our catalog with the international symbol of accessibility have been designed to meet federal ADA guidelines as described below. In addition, most base cabinets are available in 34″ height or can be adapted to meet federal guidelines. We may also be able to custom engineer a cabinet to suit your specific needs. Ask your Case Systems dealer for details.
The information here refers to federal ADA requirements only. Local and state accessibility guidelines may include additional requirements.

Casework Design Guidelines

  • Worktops with cabinets below: Height is not to exceed 34″ (865mm) above finished floor.
  • Work surfaces and tables: Work surface height is not to exceed 34″ (865mm) above finished floor.
  • Front apron clearance must be a minimum of 29″ (735mm) above finished floor. Knee space of at least 27″ (685mm) high, 30″ (760mm) wide, and 19″ (485mm) deep must be provided.
  • Built-in lavatories: See drawing below for required clearances.

Note #1: Lavatories used primarily by children ages 6 through 12 are permitted to have an apron and knee clearances (dimensions A&B) of 24″ (610mm) high minimum provided that the rim or counter surface (dimension C) is no higher than 31″ (760mm).
Note #2: Lavatories used primarily by children ages 5 and younger shall not be required to meet these clearances if clear floor space for parallel approach complies with ADA guidelines.

High Pressure Laminate Standard Countertop Construction

Decades of experience and knowledge go into building high quality countertops and casework. Please see below how our laminate countertops are joined together.  Ask your Case Systems dealer for a personal consultation for your specific needs.

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Upgrade to Plastic Laminate

  • Materials engineered to be more durable than steel.
  • More aesthetic options than with wood and steel.
  • PLAM not only comes in different colors but also and endless array of finishes, from mat – high gloss – metals – the list goes on and on.
  • Don’t forget there are high-end 3D laminate options for the most discerning clients.