we work with
substrates & cores
At Starbank, we work with a wide range of core boards. Meaning, we are able to offer our customers the best choice for their project. The most common core boards we work with are:
In addition, all core boards are available in multiple thicknesses. Some of which can be specified in the following grades:
- Moisture resistant / exterior / Tricoya Extreme
- Flame retardant to BS476 Class 1 & 0 – Euroclass C & B
- Euroclass A – non combustable
- Deep Rout
- Zero Formaldehyde
we work with
decorative panels & laminates
Despite working with other material types; high pressure laminates and wood based panels will always be at the core of Starbank Panel Products. Since 1976, we have built up a strong supplier network. As a result, we offer our customers the widest possible choice of décors and finishes.
Overall, we create panel products using:
- Melamine faced chipboard
- Melamine faced MDF
- Melamine faced composites
- High pressure & continuous laminate
- Solid grade laminate
- Compact density fibreboard
- Pre fabricated veneered panels
- Thermoplastic decorative sheets
- Solid surface
See our quick guide to material types below. Otherwise, call us to talk through your project with one of our team.
material quick guide
melamine faced chipboard
Melamine faced chipboard is a pre bonded wood based panel. Made using decorative paper on both sides of a chipboard core; fused together using melamine resin. MFC decorative panels only need to be cut and edged to finish them.
melamine faced mdf
MF-MDF is similar to MFC above, however, the core of the decorative panel is made with MDF instead of chipboard. It is advised that this type of panel should only be used in dry areas with light traffic.
high pressure laminate
High pressure laminates are constructed by saturating layers of Kraft paper with phenolic resin. After that, the decorative paper is added. Finally, HPL is finished with a protective overlay. This makes high pressure laminates a durable surface option that can be bonded to most cores.
compact density fibreboard
Compact density fibreboard is a high density black fibre core fused between two decorative layers. CDF is then finished with a protective overlay. Consequently, CDF is a robust cost effective self supporting material.
solid grade laminate
Firstly, SGL is composed of multiple layers of Kraft paper permeated with phenolic resin. Secondly, both sides are finished with decorative melamine saturated paper. Finally a protective overlay. Hence why SGL, is one of the toughest decorative panels that we work with.
Solid surface is created by mixing resin with powdered fillers and pigments. The material chemically cures and is then cut into sheets for distribution. Multiple sheets can be jointed together with near invisible seams. Furthermore, solid surface can be refinished multiple times to keep it in top condition.
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