Why specify Perla Pro?
Perla is an ideal material for specification in bathrooms because:
PVC panels are generally made in China from a low quality plastic and although there are several grades of plastic available all PVC products are environmentally polluting and cannot be compared to high pressure laminate bonded to a solid substrate product.
Ceramic tiles can look lovely in the appropriate format but the Achilles heal is the grout that is required in the joints. This grout is essential granular with a porous surface which attracts and retains germs. The grout then turns grey and slimy which is almost impossible to remove without scrubbing with bleach. The lovely showroom appearance of tiles then declines rapidly!
Tiles of course are not fast to install needing time for the adhesive to dry before grouting. The sub-wall also has to be perfectly flat which normally means re-plastering adding another week to the schedule. Perla Panels can simply be installed over the old wall finish or even over holes in the old wall as long as all traces of damp are eradicated. A shower can be installed easily start to finish in one day!
Perla Contract features a high pressure laminate surface bonded to a MDF or Plywood core and backed with a balancing backing laminate.
11mm thickness overall.
Panels are joined with a system of specialised profiles in Chrome, Satin, Black or White finishes.
Our optional interlocking SmoothGroove Tongue and Groove system means that in-line joints can be created without use of profiles for a smooth integrated appearance.
High Pressure Laminates
The surface of a Perla Panel is made from a high pressure laminate which gives the panel its excellent properties of having a very high design definition, high levels of wear, a lovely texture whether gloss or otherwise and of course its clean-ability.
We are familiar with laminates being used in kitchen worktops since the 1960's when the brand name Formica was commonly used to cover all laminates manufactured.
Laminates were in fact pioneered in Sweden and were based on a combination of a phenolic resin backing to give the product some stability along with a surface which is of melamine resin which is extremely durable and hygienic. The core of the product is cellulose in the form of kraft paper for the backing and a decorative printed paper for the face.
It is the quality of the gravure printing along with various overlays that are available which gives the product its high definition graphics - that together with the clear melamine surface which when pressed at a high temperature and pressure sets solid and gives the beautiful surface that is extremely durable.
We offer a range of formats in both square edge for use with profiles or with an interlocking tongue & groove for a profile-less joint.
2400 x 1200mm wide: Square
2400 x 900mm wide: Square
2400 x 1185mm wide: Interlocking
2400 x 885mm wide: Interlocking
2400 x 585mm wide: Interlocking
For contracts we offer a cut to size service which means room sets can be delivered with no on-site cutting required. Panels can be packed and delivered individually to properties or in bulk with palletised deliveries for maximum economy.
We offer a choice of a moisture resistant MDF or a Birch Plywood to suit the requirements of the customer.
Both materials are fully compliant with environmental regulations and from registered ISO9001 and ISO14001 sources with full FSC accreditation.
MDF core is water resistant and suitable for use in bathrooms and is easy to cut and drill. Plywood is a more traditional material which is sometimes specified and we use only the finest birch 5-ply material. Both cores are specified for their stability and excellent surface finish which must remain flat under a wide variety of environmental conditions.
All our panels are made with materials which offer full traceability from registered ISO9001 and ISO14001 suppliers with FSC accreditation. Panels are made from a cellulose base and therefore are a low energy, environmentally replenishable resource. A major environmental impact is saved when panels can be installed over existing wall coverings. This means that disposal into landfill is not required as well as the inconvenience, manual handling, noise and dust hazard created when removing old covering materials from walls of an older and unknown construction.