Project Spotlight: Smoky Hollow

Smoky Hollow is a mixed-use urban district in Raleigh, NC, that is blending refined industrial design with progressive workplaces, retail, and amenities in a multiphase revitalization of the area. In a district that includes office space,...

16 Ways to Incorporate Phenolic Panels in Your Hotel

Hotels present a unique need for exceptional durability combined with high design. This very combination – unmatched durability + uncompromising design – explains why more and more architects are leveraging phenolic panels in their hotel designs. As...

5 Important Considerations When Choosing Exterior Wall Cladding

Architects and designers must know how to choose exterior wall cladding that will delight their clients in a variety of ways. From design aesthetics to durability, cost, building protection, installation, insulation, and more; there are many...

Design Trends for 2022 and Beyond

With over a century of experience in the industry, Fundermax has seen quite an evolution of both manufacturing technologies and architectural designs – specifically, design trends using phenolic panels. Keeping our finger on the pulse of...

How to Clean High-Pressure Laminate Panels

High-pressure laminate panels, also called HPL panels or phenolic panels, are made for ultimate durability. The raw materials and manufacturing process result in an architectural panel that is not only durable, but also eco-friendly and extremely...

Fiber Cement vs Phenolic Panels: Which is Best For You?

Fundermax is a global leader in phenolic panel manufacturing, so it goes without saying that we are partial to phenolic panels. Having said that, while we are well-versed in the benefits of phenolic panels, we also know that to provide any helpful...

Benefits of Different Sized Wall Panels

Widespread standardization has its place. Take Starbucks or McDonald’s, for example. No matter where you are, your Starbucks or McDonald’s orders will taste exactly the same from one location to the next. But sometimes, rather than a reliable...

Why Air Gaps and Joint Spacing Are Vital to a Phenolic Wall Panel System

When installing phenolic wall panel systems, particularly rainscreen façades, incorporating air gaps and joint spacing are an industry standard. However, as a global leader among phenolic panel manufacturers, we have noticed that there is not...

HPL Compact vs. Thin Laminate Products for Interior Applications

There are many options when choosing surface products for interior applications. But when durability, value, or customization are top priorities, the options begin to narrow. Making the right choice will depend on the amount of durability and...

Delamination is a Thing of the Past with HPL Panels

Unfortunately, when most people think of laminates, they think of laminate panels delaminating. We can all picture the peeling countertop or the bubbled floor. Whether a laminate product delaminates because of regular use over time or from...

Why Phenolic Panels May Not be a Good Fit for Your Project

“Are phenolic panels a good fit for this job?” Even if you understand the merits of high-pressure laminate panels (aka, HPL or phenolic panels) as a material, this is still an important question to ask. The answer will depend on your specific...

Benefits and Applications of Phenolic Panels in Laboratories

When selecting materials for laboratory applications, special consideration must be given to safety and performance, as well as design, functional flow, efficient access to disinfection stations and shared spaces, as well as zoning and occupancy. ...

Can HPL Panels Perform Below 10 Feet?

High traffic and abuse-prone areas require durable, cleanable wall panels that can withstand the demands of increased exposure. Whether that exposure is from installing at pedestrian level below 10 feet or from natural elements like precipitation...

Natural Wood Panels vs. HPL Panels

Choosing the right wall panel material involves several factors including desired aesthetic, budget, and environmental exposures. Natural wood panels and high-pressure laminate panels (also called HPL or phenolic panels) are two very popular options...