Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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it to Apple's iTunes library where you can simply scroll through the music; except with Virtual Design Library, it is a huge array of design patterns. Another tool offered by Wilsonart is its recently introduced Smart Board. Like a traditional design board with an array of chips, this board offers a "digital bridge" in the form of QR codes that can be scanned, which triggers larger samples of either 3 inch by 5 inch or 8 inch by 5 inch to be sent to the designer or client. From Formica's perspective, it starts with a very robust professional website and ends with connections to design software like 20/20. In the end, HPL is growing its share of the surfacing market by offering fresh looks and new finishes that give designers and home- owners the ability to customize distinct and personal outcomes that are simply not avail- able in other materials. Wilsonart's Mays summed it up this way: "We are able to engineer that perfect look without having to spend days and days search- ing for that perfect slab, or we are able to create something abstract and not at all the look of a natural material." | B E L I E V E I T O R N O T , super- thick HPLs are now being used as exterior cladding, says Grayson Braun of Abet Laminati. It creates very new looks and is very durable, he explains. The process of making exterior HPL is the same, except that for normal HPL, seven or eight layers of craft paper are infused with phenolic resin before it is pressed and baked. For exterior HPL, 25 to 50 layers of craft paper make the finished product much thicker and able to stand on its own. "At that thickness, laminate becomes self-supporting. And when we add a UV layer to it, it becomes an ideal solution for exte- rior cladding," Braun notes. "We've done a couple of recent residential products, but basically it is a rain-screen cladding system that is being embraced by PassivHaus architects because you can add a lot of exterior insulation on your building." Laminate as exterior cladding ABET LAMINATI hails from Italy, where Europeans lead the way with laminate design ideas. Here is the company's fingerprint- resistant Polaris collection at a medical office. Black and matte combines two trends ABET LAMINATI is seeing. Here, the company's ultra- matte finish is on display in a corporate office lunchroom. Circle 7 on inquiry card ABET LAMINATI makes laminates for exterior cladding. PassivHaus architects have embraced the application. QualifiedRemodeler.com QR June 2018 41

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