By Myrtle Van Dijk. Cabinet Finishes. Published at Thursday, January 03rd, 2019 - 06:36:09 AM.
If you look at the modern kitchen design trends, you’ll see a natural colors of wood veneer, but you can also find modern high-end kitchen cabinets in unconventional and bold colors.
You can pick between framed or frameless kitchen cabinets. Framed cabinets are composed of a box and face frame that drawers and doors attach to. Frameless cabinets—also known as European-style cabinets—don’t have the face frame.
Thermofoil kitchen cabinets are a type of kitchen cabinet that is made up of MDF or medium density fiberboard. The doors are molded out, wrapped with a plastic coating and allowed to bake in high heat to create an impervious seal. Compared to regular painting, staining and coating, this finish is more tedious and instead of using solid wood, it makes use of a composite material.
The two materials which make up this type of kitchen cabinets are thermofoil and MDF. Thermofoil is a type of a flexible, thin vinyl material that has no metal content. It acts as a layer of coating that is vacuum pressed above the main cabinet material which is MDF. MDF, or medium density fiberboard, on the other hand, is made up of recycled wood fibers that are bound by resins. It is machine dried and pressed into sheets to produce a stable and sturdy material which is better than solid wood. MDF kitchen cabinets can stand up to heat better and adapts well to changes in humidity and exposure to moisture. MDF alone is not strong enough to be used as a kitchen cabinet material, but once treated with thermofoil, the result is a smooth cabinet door that resists chipping and damage better than regularly painted cabinets.
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