Kitchen Door Options

February 24, 2015
  • 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).
    Kitchen Door Options


    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.
    Nevertheless, with tasteful colour selection, melamine can look great at a fraction of the price.
    Pro’s – Cost effective. Highly durable.
    Con’s – Limited colour selection.

    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.
    In conclusion, laminate is a highly durable product, which is preferred for use on benchtops and hard wearing surfaces. Melamine board is commonly used for doors.

    Melamine/Laminated Office space
    Polyurethane Finish

    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.
    Pro’s – Flawless paint finish; similar to finish of a car. Available in any colour and gloss level.
    Con’s – Costly. Gloss polyurethane is susceptible to having visible imperfections that may occur to the door. ie; scratch, fingerprints, etc.


    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.
    Pro’s – Highly durable. It is a alternate option of finishing a profile door, which is marginally cheaper than polyurethane.
    Con’s – Limited colour selection. Can peel with exposure to excessive heat and moisture.

    Vinyl Doors

    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.
    The veneer is thinly sliced out of the log of a timber and comes in the form of a leaf. Because the veneer is continually sliced out the same log, the leaves basically match each other, and the gradual changes throughout the log are viewed throughout the consecutive leaves. The advantages of this is doors or panelling that are next to eachother, match or look very similar; showing the gradual changes throughout the natural product.
    Another advantage is, due to the veneer coming in a leaf form, it can be cut and glued on consecutive doors to grain match so the grain of the timber flows through the joinery.
    Pro’s – Solid timber without the price. Can grain match throughout the joinery.
    Con’s – Costly, as additionally, the product still needs to be finished in an oil or what’s recommended is a clear polyurethane coating.

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