By Xanthe Bram. Cabinet Hardware. Published at Sunday, January 20th, 2019 - 00:47:44 AM.
Aside from the aesthetics that laminates contribute to kitchen cabinets, they give a number of other benefits. It is one of the most cost effective choices for cabinet finishing materials. It does not warp, resists fading and can stand up to heavy use. And since it is applied in sheets, the colors of your cabinets are more likely to be uniformed and even compared to other finishes which require application or brush coating.
Wood has a lot of species and not all kinds are suited for use as kitchen cabinetry. Since kitchens are constantly subjected to everyday use and moisture, the materials for kitchen cabinetry need to be resilient and tough. Wood has the natural tendency to warp, rot and decay over time and in order to prevent such, it is subjected to treatment before use. In order to create a long lasting kitchen cabinetry design for your home, it is important to know a few basics regarding different types of wood that can be used for this application.
Laminated Finish – Laminates are an extremely popular finishing material for kitchen cabinets. It is a type of synthetic material that is composed of several layers that are sandwiched together. Laminates are manufactured in thin sheets but are extremely durable and resilient because of their unique material composition. Laminates have three resin reinforced layers. The top layer of laminates are made up of a protective layer of melamine resin. The second layer is known as the decorative layer since it contains the pattern, design, texture and color of the laminate. The third layer, also known as the core layer, is made up of kraft paper that is reinforced with resins. The fourth layer, also referred to as the wear layer, is mainly composed of aluminum oxides, melamine resins and paper.
Some popular varieties of wood which look great with an unfinished look are cherry, maple, oak, hickory and pine. Exotic woods like ebony, mahogany and bamboo also have a distinct appealing color and graining pattern which can lend a unique visual interest to kitchens. Cherry is a type of wood that is popularly used for the unfinished look because of its natural reddish to deep brown undertones.You can learn more about the natural colors of these woods as we go on with this article.
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