All of my tops I acquired when I was a project manager for a casework supplier. Most are at least 1 1/8" thick. The substrate is particle board, but not like the particle board you would get at HD and the like. (These are resistant to water and do not blow up if left in water even for 24 hrs.) The tops are HGL (horizontal grade laminate) vs. VGL (vertical grade laminate) the difference being the thickness of the laminate. You can check that out a Wilson Art, Nevamar or Formic to list a couple. The HGL is about twice as thick as the VGL and holds up better to abuse, but is harder to work with. I would think, unless specified otherwise most laminate in office furniture or at the box stores would not be HGL it just cost more and would cut into the gross profit dollars too much.
The tops I have are HGL because they came off a laboratory specified job, I think they are Chemsurf also (chemical resistant laminate). For me this was just the luck of the draw to come on these left over from a Lab job I did.
I say all that to say I would gladly trade these off for some good maple or oak butcher block tops I just think they would will hold up much better to the pounding plus they can be refinished, nice. As soon as I can I will replace any and all of mine with wood tops.
The other thing is to make sure the tops have a backer material, it could be laminate or more likely melamine. Just a thought.
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Last edited by xplorx4; 05-24-2009 at 06:51 PM.