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June 2024 / Commercial

A Guide to LPM: Low-pressure Melamine

In the ever-evolving landscape of interior design and architectural innovation, material choice is crucial to achieving both aesthetic appeal and functional durability. Low-pressure melamine (LPM) has emerged as a frontrunner in decorative building materials.

LPM, also known as low-pressure melamine or decorated board, has fast become a popular surface solution in both residential and commercial design. Renowned for being durable, cost-effective and easy-to-maintain, LPM also offers a versatile solution to elevate projects with an extensive range of on-trend decors and finishes.

This article delves into the intricacies of LPM, exploring its benefits, applications, and why it stands out in the competitive market of decorative surfaces.

Rozelle House featuring Wilsonart LPM in New Age Oak, Hewn Finish. Design: FBI Interiors. Architecture: Tim Stewart. Joinery: Super Cabinets. Design & Fine Design Furniture.

 

What is LPM?

LPM is a sophisticated and cost-effective decorative surface used for various applications including cabinetry, joinery, wall paneling, and furniture such as shelving and storage cabinets in both residential and commercial settings.

HVG Decorative Building is proud to be the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Wilsonart in Australia. Wilsonart LPM is manufactured locally at our HVG Manufacturing division in Craigieburn, Victoria. Our state-of-the-art European-made production equipment ensures high-quality manufacturing and delivers premium products. While LPM can be made and sourced across the world, the production process remains the same.

The production of LPM involves the following key steps:

  1. Preparation of Decorative paper: Decorative paper is printed with the desired design, such as wood grain, solid colours, or abstract patterns. This paper is then impregnated with melamine resin that provides durability and resistance to moisture and heat.
  2. Preparation of the Substrate: The substrate, usually made of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) or particleboard, is prepared. These materials provide a stable and smooth base for the melamine surface.
  3. Lamination Process: The impregnated decorative paper is placed on the substrate. This assembly is then subjected to heat in a low-pressure laminating press. The heat and pressure cause the melamine resin to cure, bonding the decorative paper to the substrate and forming a hard, durable surface.
  1. Trimming and Cooling: During the lamination process the panels are trimmed to desired dimensions, ensuring a clean, finished product. The panels are then cooled to allow the resin to fully cure and stabilise.
  1. Quality Control: The finished LPM panels undergo quality control checks to ensure consistency in color, pattern, and finish. Tests are also conducted to verify the durability, resistance to scratches, moisture, and heat.
 
The process of inspecting a LPM Board for quality control in HVG Manufacturing, Craigieburn Victoria.

 

LPM is a versatile and cost-effective material with benefits including:

  • Durability: LPM surfaces are hard, resistant to scratches, stains, and heat.
  • Variety: Available in a wide range of colours, patterns, and textures, including wood grains, solid colours, and minerals.
  • Cost-Effective: LPM is generally more affordable than other surface materials like high-pressure laminates (HPL) or natural wood veneers.
  • Ease of Maintenance: LPM surfaces are easy to clean and maintain, making them ideal for high-use areas.
  • Versatility: LPM can be cut using standard woodworking tools to create intricate design and customized furniture pieces or joinery, as well as drilled and routered to accommodate hardware, lighting and fixtures.

 

Prospect House by Carrera Kitchens featuring Wilsonart LPM in Natural Ash, Hewn Finish. Architecture: Think Architects. Joinery: Carrera Kitchens Adelaide. Build: Owner Builder.

 

Wilsonart LPM Cabinetry Doors & Panels

HVG Decorative Building is the proud exclusive distributor of Wilsonart LPM in Australia. With a diverse selection of contemporary décors and finishes, these panels are designed to meet current design trends. Matching edging and alignment to the Wilsonart HPL (High Pressure Laminate) range ensures seamless coordination, allowing you to tell a cohesive story with your design projects.

 

 

Australian Made

Our Wilsonart LPM Panel range is made in Victoria at HVG Manufacturing. HVG Manufacturing specialises in the production of LPM Decorative Panels. With state-of-the-art high quality production technologies, they can produce the most current and innovative finishes available in the Australian market.

Being able to manufacture locally ensures stability in supply, improved quality and lead times, and an ability to produce a focused range with flexibility and nimbless at the core.

 

The Wilsonart range

Our selection of Wilsonart LPM Panels has been carefully curated to offer timeless designs, with over 50 decors that complement a variety of design palettes.

The range is categorised into three categories: Woodgrains, Concretes & Stone, Neutrals and Colour.

Be inspired

Beyond the features and benefits of this material, Wilsonart LPM’s beauty needs to be seen to be believed. The range has been designed to align with the Wilsonart HPL range and available with matching edging, for a seamless finish. Explore beautiful projects that feature a range of Wilsonart LPM decors and be inspired.

 

Working on an upcoming project? Order free samples delivered straight to your door.

 
Rozelle House, designed by Tim Stewart and FBI Interiors featuring Wilsonart New Age Oak in Hewn Finish
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Architecture: Tim Stewart
Interior Design: FBI Interiors
Cabinets & Joinery: Superior Cabinets and Design + Fine Design Furniture
 
Tassie Brick House, featuring Wilsonart Brick in Velvet Finish
Architecture: Hicks & Holmested
Interior Colour Concept: Catseye Bay Design
Cabinets & Joinery: Tim Morrisby
Styling & Photography: Yasmin Mund
 
House E by CJH Studio, featuring Wilsonart Natural Ash in Hewn Finish
Interior Design: CJH Studio
Joinery: Omnicon Construction
Build: Grange Joinery
Photography: Timothy Kaye
 
Prospect House by Carrera Kitchens, featuring Wilsonart Natural Ash in Hewn Finish
Architecture: Think Architects
Joinery: Carrera Kitchens Adelaide
Build: Owner Builder
 
Living Choice Flagstaff Hill, featuring Wilsonart Black in Hewn finish and Atlanta Cherry in Xtreme Matt finish
Interior Design: Living Choice
Photography: Brad Griffin Photography
 
Living Choice Flagstaff Hill, featuring Wilsonart Alaska in Hewn finish and Atlanta Cherry in Xtreme Matt finish
Interior Design: Living Choice
Photography: Brad Griffin Photograph
 
Coastal Hills Haven, featuring Wilsonart Landmark Wood in Hewn finish
Joinery: Image Joinery
Design & Photography: Coastal Hills Haven
 
Oliphant Avenue by TJE Construction, featuring Wilsonart Landmark Wood in Hewn finish & Designer White in Xtreme Matt finish
Joinery: TJE Construction
Styling: Cooper Style Co
Photography: The Fotobase Group
Interested in LPM for your next project? Contact us to check availability, pricing and to learn more

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