Cabinets are the central piece of most kitchens or baths. They can either be warm and subdued to the surroundings or stand out in stark contrast. The cabinets’ durability is enhanced by the choice of material. This also contributes to the overall ambience of the room.
What are the materials needed to make a cabinet?
There are many options for kitchen cabinets material. You have two main choices: solid wood or a core covered with some kind of laminate. You have many choices in each category.
Solid Wood Cabinets
Solid wood is loved for its warmth, versatility in finishes and timeless look. Hardwood is extremely durable, and will withstand years of hard usage. Solid wood cabinets can be made of any type of wood, including oak, maple, cedar and walnut. The cabinetry, doors, and drawers can all be made from the same wood type or the faces can be made entirely of solid wood. You can finish solid wood in a variety styles, including paint, natural or colored stain and polyurethane.
Cored cabinetry uses a type of wood core that is covered with different types laminate. The core is made of wood and laminate. The three main core cabinet materials are:
Plywood has been a popular and versatile material for many years. Plywood is itself a laminate made from numerous thin strips, or “ply,” of wood glued in alternating directions to create a single strong and stable sheet. Plywood is the most expensive core material, and is less susceptible to shrinking or expansion.
OSB, also known as plywood, is made by compressing small wood scraps into layers using an adhesive. OSB has many of the same advantages as plywood, but it is generally less expensive.
MDF (medium-density fiberboard) is made by combining sawdust and glue and then pressing it into sheets. MDF is cheaper than OSB or plywood, but it is less durable and strong.
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Cabinet facing is the material that covers visible parts of the cabinet. There are many options and they can be broken down into skins or veneers. Acrylic coatings make up the third category. A third category includes acrylic coatings. Old cabinets can also be given a makeover with the same type if cabinet refacing material.
Vinyl laminate skins, formica, and plastic are the most cost-effective, but also the least durable, cabinet covering materials. These options do not give the cabinet a warm look.
You can save money and still have a natural look by having the cabinet frame constructed from one the cheaper core materials, and then putting the cabinets face-up with solid wood like a thin sheet of maple or oak.
Acrylic coats are applied in liquid form, and then dried to a seamless appearance. Fenix, a synthetic product, is an example of an Acrylic coating. It is made from next-generation acrylic resins. It is highly resistant to solvents, abrasion, and household reagents. The Fenix material surfaceIt is available in a variety colors and has an external layer that is non-porous. This allows the surface to withstand years and years of cleaning and use. This makes the material durable and maintains its hygiene properties for food preparation.
There are many options when it comes to choosing cabinet surface material. The best cabinet material choice depends on many factors, including your personal style and preference. Visit a showroom for all the options in kitchen and bath cabinets before you make a decision.