TOP 10 KITCHEN CABINET MATERIALS
Most homeowners definitely dream of a beautiful and perfect kitchen. Undoubtedly, everyone has different dreams and desires in terms of taste and use. But, there are a few things to consider before making a kitchen cabinet.
Here we are ready and list for top 10 materials that are commonly used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets.
Melamine begins with a compressed particle wood core. Then covered with resin and paper finish that can be produced to include various styles and colours (high-pressure laminate / HPL). The benefits of using melamine for kitchen cabinets are easy to clean, large variety, and uniform finish. While the disadvantages of melamine are low cost, heavy, can crack, looks cheap, easily exposed to water-borne damage, and visible side-lines.
Laminate is a synthetic coating that is attached to cabinet boxes and/or doors. Usually, paper and resin are combined with heat (high-pressure laminate / HPL), it can be produced in various colours, patterns, and textures, including wood grains. Laminate doors are more durable than melamine doors, easy to clean, wide variety, and uniform finish and look elegant. But, laminate is more expensive than melamine and it can chip. Laminate also can easily be exposed to water-borne damage but better than melamine and have visible side-lines.
3. 3G / 4G Glass
The 3G / 4G door is an aluminium framed door with a glass spray supported by a board on the back so that this type of door is denser and heavier. 3G doors have thicker and cheaper aluminium frame edges, while 4G doors do not have aluminium edges but are more expensive. The best bout 3G / 4G glass door are; have a shine effect is better than acrylic, easy to clean and looks modern and up-to-date. Unfortunately, 3G / 4G glass door glass can break and the edges of the frame are visible.
4. 3G / 4G Acrylic
3G / 4G door is an aluminium framed door with acrylic spray supported by boards at the back so this type of door is more difficult to be compact and heavy. 3G doors have thicker and cheaper aluminium frame edges, while 4G doors do not have aluminium edges but are more expensive. 3G / 4G Acrylic is easy to clean, modern and up-to-date appearance, and also more durable than 3G / 4 G glass. But 3G / 4G Acrylic also has some disadvantages, which are some are as heavy as glass but will not break, the effect shines less than glass, acrylic can be scratched, and the edges of the frame are visible.
5. Membrane Press
Membrane press (or vinyl wrap) is a thin sheet of vinyl that is vacuumed and sealed on particle board or MDF sheets. The best about membrane press is; budget options, an invisible sidebar, and able to wrap in various directions. But, membrane press does not last long, cannot be repaired, cannot stand the heat, and can swell or flake off.
Aluminium kitchen cabinets are made of aluminium solely aluminium without involving the use of any other materials. Aluminium kitchen cabinets are cheap and durable, easy to care for, and maintain, have various colours and shapes, and waterproof and stainless. For the weakness side, aluminium is noisy, easy to bend, more suitable for modern homes, and might be the final choice.
7. Metal / Stainless Steel
Stainless steel that prevents iron from rusting, as well as providing heat-resistant properties. The good of this metal / stainless steel kitchen cabinet is long-lasting, eco-friendly can be recycled, not easily damaged if exposed to water, but, metal / stainless steel kitchen cabinet is easily scratched and dents and expensive because it is stainless.
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a widely produced polymer and widely used in construction, PVC is easy to install, cheap, resistant to moisture, not easily attacked by termites, multicolour, and no need for expensive finishing. While for the disadvantages of this PVC kitchen cabinet are can sag if used for a long time, an insect can breeding site in the cavity, can change shape if tried to change the original shape, need to use appliances that are compatible with to reduce damage/defects and easy to scratch.
9. PU Spray
Polyurethane spray is a plastic-based resin that provides a flawless and shiny finish when used to paint and produce higher quality finishes than regular sprays. The best about the PU Spray kitchen cabinet is has no visible edges, long-lasting, water-resistant, and chemical, modern and classic looks can be done, elegant and mesmerizing appearance, and also have various colours. For PU spray, disadvantages are expensive, more time required to complete the project, and can only be done on MDF surface or solid wood surface.
10. Solid Wood
Solid wood in a modern style. Comes with a wooden stick or bowl with PU spray finish or lacquer finish. Solid wood has a versatile display with wide profile style and colour, very durable, fine finish with PU or lacquer spray, no invisible edges, and cabinets can be repainted or repainted to give a new look. The weaknesses for solid wood are expensive, not suitable for contemporary modern concepts, they grow and contract with changes in humidity and can warp over time also more difficult to clean, usually require special products designed for wood cleaning.