When it comes to purchasing a custom kitchen, you have many options to select to make your kitchen unique. One of these options being the profile and finish of the doors.
The external finish of a kitchen is primarily the option that fluctuates the cost of the kitchen. Understanding the differences with these options, will help you make a decision to select the best application, and overall accommodate your budget.
Flat doors or Profile doors?
Flat doors basically define themselves. They can be made of all options; polyurethane, melamine, vinyl and timber veneer. Both options are made up of moisture-resistant MDF substrate.
Profile doors are doors that have a decorative profile routered out of the substrate board on the face and/or the edge. These doors can be finished in either polyurethane or vinyl.
Profile doors can also be made out of solid timber (not timber veneer).
What is Melamine / Laminate?
Melamine is your budget pick of the list when it comes to kitchen door selection. Melamine is a board finished with a thin layer of plastic resin (very similar to laminate) and the edges are finished with a matching PVC edge tape. While being limited to colour selections, there is an extensive selection available these days ranging from solid colours to timber grains and matte, gloss and textured finishes.
A common FAQ is; What is the difference between melamine and laminate?
To answer this most simply, melamine is a single layer of plastic resin that is glued under pressure to the substrate board. Laminate on the other hand, is made up of multiple layers of thin kraft paper and a layer of plastic resin that is glued together under high pressure.
What is Polyurethane
Polyurethane is a durable two part paint finish and has unlimited colour options, as you can select any existing paint colour. Then you can select that paint colour to be finished in either a matte, satin or gloss finish.
What is Vinyl?
Commonly known as either vinyl, thermo-laminated or vacuum-formed doors. Basically, it is a thin vinyl material that is heated, to make it flexible. This is then glued to the substrate door using a machine that creates a vacuum to form the vinyl to the contour of the door profile. The vinyl is available is many colour options and finishes similar to melamine and laminates.
What is Timber veneer?
Unfortunately, these days, solid timber can be quite expensive to manufacture into kitchen doors. The alternative is timber veneer, which is a thin layer of solid timber glued to an MDF substrate board.