Ask the Experts: Textures

Ask the Experts: Textures

In a continuing series on, we have teamed up with the Formica Group Technical Team to answer some of the most common questions we receive from fabricators about our surfaces. Of course, if you have specific or unique questions, you can always reach us directly at 1-800-FORMICA (367-6422), but you may be able to find a quick answer to a common question below.

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Today’s topic is the various textures that are available with Formica® Brand surfaces.

Question: How do I find out which texture is available for the various colors and product lines?

Most Formica® Brand laminates are available in multiple textures – a standard texture that is regularly stocked as well as some made-to-order textures. To see which options are available per product, navigate to a product detail page and explore the “textures” section on the right side of the screen.

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Question: Where do I learn more about the various textures and what they look like?

Textures can really enhance the visual appeal of laminate, but choosing the right one can be difficult. To help you determine what texture would be best, we’ve published two guides with close-up images of the texture options.

Commercial textures – 
Residential textures –

Question: Which textures are directional vs. non-directional?

Natural Grain (NG), Naturelle™ (NT), Pure Grain (PG) and Woodbrush™ (WR) are vertical textures. Sculpted™ (SP) is a horizontal texture. All others are non-directional. For a complete summary of the textures, you can also reference our National Product Guide (clicking link will trigger a download of a PDF version of the National Product Guide).

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Question: Can all textures be used in both horizontal and vertical applications?

With Formica® EliteForm technology, all Formica textures are approved for both horizontal and vertical applications, except for Naturelle™ (NT) and Sculpted™ (SP) which are recommended for vertical usage only.

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