Thermally Fused Laminate Offers Cost Savings

Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) offers greater material and labour cost savings when compared to alternative wood-based decorative surface materials, says a value engineering study by EGGER Wood Products. The study was conducted using real world and speculative projects to compare the cost of its Eurodekor TFL particleboard to high pressure laminates (HPL) and wood veneers. Cost efficiencies are gained using TFL for low- to mid-traffic areas and vertical applications, with laminates for high-traffic, horizontal, and curved/postformed applications. Both TFL and laminates are high quality, versatile, fade- and scratch-resistant and easy to clean. These surface materials are also durable. "Using a combination of TFL and laminates versus plywood and wood veneers for cabinet, furniture, and interior design projects can save architects, designers, and fabricators valuable time, money, and resources," says Lisa Thornton, head of marketing for EGGER North America.