Armorite and Mirlux

Two New Panels – an Exterior MDF and a PET Decorative Sheet

At the trade show in Las Vegas, two new sheet materials created a buzz.

The first is an exterior MDF from Roseburg, a family-owned company in Oregon that has been providing high-quality wood products since 1936. Called Armorite™ it’s an exterior grade, no-added formaldehyde (NAF) MDF panel that resists rot, decay and insect damage. Applications might include high-humidity climates, above-ground exterior installations, bathroom cabinetry, countertops, exterior signage, garage doors, non-structural paint-grade millwork, outdoor games and sports, outdoor kitchens, raised panels and shutters. Manufactured at the company mill in Medford, it meets or exceeds ANSI A208.2 Grade 130 and MR50 moisture resistance. It comes in nominal 4’ and 5’ widths and lengths up to 18’. Thicknesses range from 1/4” to 1-1/4”, and the actual length and width of the panels are one inch longer than stated sizes. This is a Type III product specific EPD, verified by UL Environment, with LEED® v4 Low Emitting Materials credit support. Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) certification is available, as is Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC-C017580) and several other industry values.

The other new product is Mirlux Premium Panel, which the manufacturer describes as “the most luxurious panel on the market”. Bold and ultra-modern, it’s made in the USA and is nontoxic, PVC free and chemically neutral. Representing the latest technological advancements in PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) surface panels, it’s sustainably manufactured and supremely durable. It’s available in high gloss or super matte finish with a color richness with depth and clarity. Mirlux is a low maintenance, durable, and scratch resistant solution for kitchen and bath cabinets, interior casework, closets, furniture, wall panels, retail fixtures and displays, and other vertical applications. It is laminated to super smooth, low surface variance TSCA Title VI certified MDF and the surface PET is co-extruded as a film that is roller laminated with PUR adhesive for no off-gassing. That results in a water-resistant seal that won’t delaminate while still allowing Mirlux to have the smoothest surface possible. It is noted for excellent thermal and UV stability, high strength, dimensional stability, optical clarity, and precision surface characteristics. It is lighter than glass or solid acrylic and has an easy-to-clean, hygienic surface. A high gloss 0.5 mm thick PET surface results in a more reflective and ripple-free surface (the standard product thickness is 0.1 to 0.3 mm). The Super Matte surface is 0 .4 mm thick. Mirlux has a Super Scratch Resistant (SSR) coating, is impact and shatter-resistant, is water-resistant, hygienic (does not promote bacterial growth), stain and UV resistant, PVC and BPA free and emits no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). It’s less expensive than acrylic.