Decorative surfaces

Why TFL. And Why Now.

Decorative surfaces have been around since the ancient Egyptians began using wood veneers to coat their furniture and sarcophagi. They’ve come a long way. Today, the market offers a variety of decorative surface options (there’s a good primer here), from veneers to High Pressure Laminates (HPL), from foils to perhaps one of the most overlooked and high performing surfaces available: Thermally Fused Laminates, or TFL. Every surface option has a distinct sweet spot — that is, uses and applications for which it’s most appropriate and effective. Here’s a quick summary of the properties and benefits of TFL. And a thing or two you might not have known about this advanced surface option that is quickly growing in popularity.

For the right applications, TFL is high performing at a lower cost than many of its sister products. Resin-coated papers are thermoset, under high heat and pressure, directly to a substrate (typically particleboard, plywood or MDF), which eliminates the need for multiple layers of base paper and creates a very uniform, strong surface — at a lower production cost than many other options.

TFL is just as design-forward as HPL has become, matching the graphic intensity and fidelity of woods, stone, metals, abstracts and more. Advancements in design and printing technologies and expanding market interests have driven TFL manufacturers to create increasingly realistic, beautiful and varied decors. Advanced laminating technologies have made textures possible, as well, adding yet another dimension to TFL’s life-like design properties.

TFL is an environmentally friendly alternative to solid woods and veneers. TFL uses paper derived from sustainably harvested sources. And through sophisticated design, TFL can realistically mimic the look and, increasingly, even the feel of any wood or abstract material without depleting valuable natural resources. Arclin TFL can contribute to LEED credits for improved indoor air quality and is manufactured in FSC chain of custody-certified facilities.

TFL’s consistency and durability makes it ideal for a wide variety of industries and applications.

Decorative surfaces are used in industries including Residential, Retail, Healthcare, Office, Education, Government and more. Applications: Cabinets, Furniture, Closets, Desks, Architectural Features and more.