Back in the day, kitchen cabinets and their doors were solid wood, and that was that. Other building materials did not make their way into the kitchen. Now, however, we are lucky enough to live in the time of laminate kitchen cabinet doors. These beauties are a game-changer for contractors, designers, and homeowners. You will be amazed at all you can choose from for your new doors.
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What Is Laminate?
Laminate is a combination of paper and resin, pressed together under high heat and pressure. The product is thin and flexible, making it ideal for applying over a cabinet for resurfacing. In high-quality laminates, companies include real wood in the design.
Manufacturers apply laminate over particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MDF). They use a strong adhesive to bond the materials.
This amazing material comes in almost any color, including options that make your cabinet doors look like natural wood. Melamine and Formica are two types of low-pressure laminate products you may have heard of before.
Why Choose Laminate Products?
Today’s home construction experts know that these cabinets and doors are very valuable for several reasons.
When you choose high-quality laminate cabinet doors, you get a product that will last for years. At Kitchen Infinity, we work with excellent manufacturers who use a high-pressure application process. This ensures that your cabinet doors will hold up over the years and stand the test of time.
Kitchen cabinets undergo a lot of wear and tear. With a household of people opening and closing them hundreds of times a day, cabinet doors must be built to last. Laminate options give you the long-lasting product you deserve.
Unlike wood doors and cabinets, laminate will not warp or fade. It is also more resistant to stains. With correct maintenance, each cupboard and door can last 30 years or more.
Solid wood kitchen cabinets and doors are typically the costliest choice when building or remodeling. When you are doing updates on a tighter budget, laminate options help keep expenses down. It also offers a cost-effective way to replace cabinet doors or drawer fronts.
Harvesting, milling, and transporting lumber is extraordinarily expensive. These costs go straight to the consumer in the form of high price tags for your kitchen cupboards. The materials used in manufacturing, on the other hand, make laminate cabinet products very affordable.
The core of laminate doors frequently comes from wood scraps and leftover lumber. For this reason, laminate cabinet doors, similar to glass doors, are a more sustainable option than solid wood doors.
Those seeking to live a sustainable and Earth-friendly lifestyle will appreciate the option of laminate doors. Companies that make this type of door do not need to cut down timber or use resources to mill and transport it.
High-pressure laminate comes in just about any color you could want. And many of the design options look identical to real wood. But these products do not require staining or sealing to maintain their integrity.
And as with any cabinet design configuration, you don’t have to put matching cupboards on top and bottom. Laminate allows for flexibility and creativity. Many people go for a tuxedo look where they put white cabinets above and use a dark color below. And there are tons of options for knobs & pulls too!
How To Maintain Your Laminate Cabinets
One of the greatest selling points of laminate for your cabinet doors is their easy maintenance. Unlike wood, laminate doesn’t absorb grease and stains easily. It also isn’t prone to warping or fading.
To keep your laminate cupboards and doors looking great, you only need to follow a few simple steps.
- Dust your cabinet doors and surfaces once a week. Use a soft rag or microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe them down. Look for grease or debris that you can rub off of the doors and sides.
- For occasional deeper cleaning, a mixture of dish soap and water is generally sufficient. Avoid soaking the high pressure laminate, and don’t rub too vigorously. Wipe down splatters and other spots that need attention to remove stains or food. Alternatively, you can try a solution of water and white vinegar.
- If there is a more stubborn spot that needs attention, make a smooth, thin paste with water and baking soda. Gently rub this on the door to remove the stain. Do not use anything more abrasive than this mixture on your cabinet doors.
Laminate vs. Wood Cabinet Doors
There is a common misconception that wood kitchen cupboards are far superior to laminate ones. But the Kitchen Infinity design team can attest to the high value and quality of laminate products.
For custom cabinetry, many people opt for wood, and in very traditional designs, wood is often the right choice. But for a significant number of kitchens, laminate cabinet doors are an excellent option.
They are beautiful and long-lasting and come in enough choices to please any homeowner. You will love the finished product.