EN 438-6:2016

High-pressure decorative laminates (HPL) - Sheets based on thermosetting resins (usually called laminates) - Part 6: Classification and specifications for Exterior-grade compact laminates of thickness 2 mm and greater EN 438-6:2016

Publication date:   Jul 18, 2016

General information

90.93 Standard confirmed   Sep 3, 2021


CEN/TC 249 Plastics

European Norm

83.140.20   Laminated sheets



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This European Standard applies to Exterior-grade Compact laminates of thickness 2 mm and greater produced by using a high pressure process. It specifies requirements for standard and flame-retardant laminates intended for use under outdoor weather conditions such as direct sunlight rain and frost. Two levels of performance are specified; one for moderate exterior conditions, and the other for severe exterior conditions.
Laminates complying with this European Standard are referred to as Exterior-grade Compact laminates, and are characterized by their high tensile strength, high impact resistance, thermal shock resistance, and resistance to weather and corrosion. They are available in a variety of decorative colours, with high resistance to colour change and aging in outdoor applications. When they are self-supporting Exterior-grade Compact laminates are ready for installation, and only require cutting to size, drilling, etc. to suit the application. EN 438-2 specifies the methods of test relevant to this part of EN 438.

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EN 438-6:2005


EN 438-6:2016
90.93 Standard confirmed
Sep 3, 2021