FAQs

You are always welcome to contact our office and speak with a Sales Representative who will address any questions you have personally.

iZone Imaging produces durable, custom imaged high pressure laminate. We term it CHPL. We manufacture it by layering a digital print and melamine overlays, with a core of phenolic resin-impregnated kraft paper and a balanced backer sheet. The assembly is then pressed at high heat and pressure for an extended period of time. While still under pressure it is allowed to cool. As the melamine resin flows, it permeates the digital print and all the materials are consolidated into a single panel of thermoset plastic.
It’s not glued to anything; it’s one solid piece! When pressed, the combination of material layers become a single, solidified composite, completely encapsulating the graphics. There is nothing to delaminate or come apart. This is also why the material is easy to cut, shape or machine and why it makes a highly durable interior or exterior material with a 10 year limited warranty.
Yes, iZone Imaging’s CHPL is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. More steps are required to make it robust for outdoor use, so exterior material is a bit more costly. Therefore, knowing the appropriate application of iZone Imaging CHPL could save costs on your project.
  • 0.040”  Is most frequently used for work surfaces and counters, islands, vanities, desks, and tables. Typical vertical uses include surfacing for wall panels, murals, teller cages, and front panels of workstations, such as those in hospitals, airports, and restaurants. Type 0.040 Is produced for both horizontal and vertical interior applications where the surface must be functional, durable, and decorative. The back-side is sanded to facilitate bonding and must be adhered to a suitable substrate. Not recommended for exterior use.
  • 0.060”  Is most frequently used for reader rails, interpretive graphics, and some murals. These laminates need to be mechanically fixed with screws, frames, etc. These laminates can be used outdoors if properly mounted.
  • 0.090”  Is most frequently used for double sided flip-books, wayfinding, interpretive graphics, and directional’s. The 0.090 is a National Park Standard for the NPS frames. These laminates need to be mechanically fixed with screws, frames, etc. These laminates can be used outdoors if properly mounted. This product can also be made double sided with images on both sides, however the double-sided graphics need to be mechanically fastened to prevent any warping.
  • 0.125”  Is most frequently used for double sided flip-books, wayfinding, interpretive graphics, murals, and directional’s. These panels need to be mechanically fixed with screws, frames, etc. These panels can be used outdoors if properly mounted.
  • 0.250”  Is most frequently used for double sided flip-books, wayfinding, interpretive graphics, murals, and directional’s. These panels need to be mechanically fixed to a substrate or along the edges with screws, frames, etc. These panels can be used outdoors if properly mounted.
  • 0.5”  Has a smooth black back and is self-supporting. Most used in areas where free-standing elements and shaped panels are required. Can be produced double-sided. May be drilled and tapped to accept a 1/4”-20 bolt for mounting, or drilled through for mounting from the front. Mostly used in exterior applications where durability is needed.
  • 0.75”  Has a smooth black back and is self-supporting. Most used in areas where free-standing elements and shaped panels are required. Can be produced double-sided. May be drilled and tapped to accept a 1/4”-20 bolt for mounting, or drilled through for mounting from the front. Mostly used in exterior applications where durability is needed.
Panel thickness selection will depend on the panel mounting requirement. The rule of thumb is, 1/2” and thicker are structurally self-supporting and do not need a stiffening framework. For thicknesses less than 1/2”, panels must be captured in a frame or perimeter fastened. So, it comes down to the look you want to achieve will determine your panel thickness. Please contact iZone Imaging for further technical support for any questions.
Maximum sheet and panel size is 60” x 144”. Single images larger than 5 ’x 12’ can be created by tiling multiple panels with index cut seams.
  • Custom Shapes
    Since our material is so “shape friendly,” we can computer-cut it to nearly any conceivable configuration. Examples are: human and animal shapes, arched panel tops, ovals, circles or free form shapes
  • Double-Faced Signs
    iZone Imaging can create single panel, monolithic double-faced signs and graphics in our 0.090” and thicker materials.
  • Honed and Shaped Edges
    Stock edges are honed and finished to a satin sheen. Our thicker materials may also be beveled, bull nosed, or machined to nearly any other edge configuration.
  • Surface Mounted Appliqués
    For a dimensional appearance, iZone Imaging can surface mount individual elements to add dimensionality to your graphics and panels.
  • Bonding to Substrates
    iZone Imaging CHPL can be bonded to a suitable substrate. Materials such as Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) or acrylics are commonly used for this purpose.

• “Screw-and-Glue”: Panels less that 1/2” thickness, which are not placed in a perimeter frame, should be securely fastened with perimeter screws and suitable silastic adhesive.

• Concealed fasteners: Screws and threaded rods may be inserted into drilled and tapped or heli-coil inserted holes in panels 1/2” or thicker, giving an appearance of no exposed fasteners.

• Frames and Bases: iZone Imaging will produce your signs or graphics with any number of standard frames or support structures, crafted in construction grade aluminum or steel and powder coated or painted in a variety of colors.

• Custom Mounting: Custom mounting options for ground or wall applications are too numerous to list. Contact an iZone Imaging representative to discuss.

Download the Art & File Submittal Instructions PDF document. It will define requirements for preparing files in the format required to ensure prompt delivery at prices quoted.
If your files are “nearly there” but you need assistance with applying colors, creating TIF files, formatting text, copy fitting, resizing of output files, or other pre-press services, we can assist you with these needs for additional fees. Although many of our customers work with their own design professionals to design and assemble production artwork, others prefer that we prepare the artwork. If you have a rough idea of your requirements, photos or illustrations and written text, iZone Imaging can take it from there for additional costs. Advice on file preparation, of course, is always given freely. Please contact an iZone Imaging representative for assistance
Our standard lead-time is approximately three weeks from start to finish. Large or complex projects may require more time. Review your proofs as quickly as possible to avoid delaying production. We often beat our published lead time, but these are realistic assumptions for project planning. There are many separate steps involved in producing iZone Imaging products, and the more time we have, the better we can serve you.
We need to know: how many panels, interior or exterior, sizes, surface finish, desired thickness, and any other details, such as inserts for mounting, frames or supports, shaping or special treatment. You can submit quote requests directly, or you can identify your regional sales representative in the Contact Us sections of our website. Download Procedure Flow Infographic

There are several ways to send your files to iZone Imaging:

  • EMAIL: files under 4MB total may be sent in an email to your iZone Imaging sales person.
  • FTP: After receiving the FTP user name and password from your iZone Imaging sales person, click here to “upload file”.
  • USB drive, DVD, or Hard drive: mail your files (and proofs!) to our office in Temple TX.
Mild soap and water is always best for general cleaning. Rinse with clean water after washing. Minor graffiti (paint, crayon, felt tip markers, etc.) can be removed using organic solvents, such as
Simple Green, Goof-Off, Graffiti Solutions, or similar nonabrasive, graffiti removers. Very stubborn graffiti may require stronger solvents, such as mineral spirits or industrial grade graffiti removers. Always rinse with clean water after cleaning. Please refer to our Care & Maintenance PDF document for additional information.

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