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by Ed Pell A Guide to Plastic Laminates and other decorative cabinet surfaces “It's a mica cabinet with melamine interior and foil edging." People who sell or spec kitchen and bath cabinetry hear terms like this all the time. But what do they mean? What are the differences between types of decorative surfaces? And what are their advantages and disadvantages? There have been major technological advances in surfacing in the past few years, and more come along every day. With these advances in mind, Kitchen & Bath Business prepared this guide to some of the decorative surfaces used in cabinetry and countertops today. High-Pressure Laminate What it is: High-pressure decorative laminate (HPDL) is composed of three types of paper fused under, heat