Kuccina Design

6655, boul Henri-Bourassa O

Saint-Laurent, QC H4R 1E1

Canada

514-335-6667

514-609-4333

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Cabinet Materials

Acrylic

Definition

  • Acrylic is a non-toxic finish that gives a perfectly smooth texture and a high-gloss appearance to kitchen cabinets. This high-quality synthetic material comes with a perfect mirror-like finish.

 

  • Acrylic kitchen cabinets are primarily of two types – solid acrylic doors and acrylic faced doors. The former is priced higher as it is made of acrylic all the way through, meaning these doors have a richer and more even color appearance. Acrylic faced doors are a less expensive alternative. Consequently, the process of applying this acrylic finish to kitchen doors is an elaborate one with sheets of the finish being pasted on an MDF board. The sheets are then covered with a protective layer and sealed at the edges.

Pros

  • Shatter-resistant.

 

  • Does not chip or crack easily.

 

  • #1: Aesthetics: Gives the kitchen an ultra glossy, inviting appearance when compared to a laminate or membrane finish. Also offers brilliant textural contrast with a variety of backsplash materials.

 

  • #2: Durability: Can take in a lot of wear and tear due to its hard wearing nature. Also known for its moisture, UV light and scratch-resistant nature.

 

  • #3: Variety: Available in a wide range of colors and so has scope for customization.

 

  • #4: Longievity: Retains hue and brightness for a considerable number of years.

 

  • #5: Easy cleaning: Can be easily cleaned with.

Cons

  • #1: Aesthetics: Finger prints, dirt and stains are easily visible on the glossy surface and hence require regular cleaning.

 

  • #2: Cost: Considered a premium finish, however, the acrylic finish is more expensive when compared to other finishes.

 

  • #3: Difficulties in replacing: Shading differences might occur when replacing kitchen cabinet doors of the same hue after years of use.

MDF

Definition

  • Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a high grade, composite material that performs better than solid wood in many areas. ... In the construction of cabinet doors that will get painted, MDF definitely outperforms solid wood.

Pros

  • The surface of MDF is very smooth which makes it a great surface for painting.

 

  • MDF is very consistent throughout, so cut edges appear smooth and won’t have voids or splinters.

 

  • Because of the smooth edges, you can use a router to create decorative edges.

 

  • The consistency and smoothness of MDF allow for easy cutting of detailed designs (such as scrolled or scalloped designs) using a scroll saw, band saw or jigsaw.

Cons

  • Just like particle board, MDF will soak up water and other liquids like a sponge and swell unless it’s very well sealed on all sides and edges.

 

  • Because it consists of such fine particles, MDF doesn’t hold screws very well.

 

  • Because it’s so dense, MDF is very heavy which can make it more difficult to work with.

 

  • MDF can’t be stained.  Not only does it soak up stain like a sponge but because there’s no wood grain on MDF, it looks awful when it’s stained.

 

  • MDF contains VOCs (eg. urea-formaldehyde) so care needs to be taken while cutting and sanding to avoid inhalation of the particles.

Polyester

Definition

  • This is a compound of melamine and pine fibre that is subsequently covered with a polyester film. If you want a low price, but more sophistication than melamine, polyester cabinets are a good choice.

Pros

  • Synthetic fiber fabric has good heat resistance and thermoplasticity.
  • Good light resistance, light resistance is second only to acrylic.
  • Good chemical resistance.
  • High strength and elastic recovery.
  • Good water absorption.
  • Compared to melamine, it is more resistant to scratches.
  • Large choice of colours and imitation of wood.
  • Value for money is on par with that of melamine.

Cons

Melamine

Definition

  • Melamine starts with a compressed wood particle core. It is then covered with a resin and paper finish that can be manufactured to embody various styles and colours. Melamine is often used for cabinetry in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas throughout the home.

Pros

  • Durability

 

  • Melamine cabinets are resistant to many of the common issues presented in a kitchen, whether it be excessive moisture, heat or stains.

 

  • The reason why melamine can resist these external elements is because of its tough outer coating.

 

  • This coating is also easy to clean.

 

  • A large variety.

 

  • Because melamine is a synthetic material, it can be produced with an almost endless number of finishes. You can select from faux wood grains in various shades or solid colours.

 

 

  • A uniform finish.

 

  • Unlike solid wood that can vary in grain patterns and colour, even within the same order, melamine offers a consistent finish since it is manufactured in a controlled setting.

 

  • Low cost.

 

  • Compared to solid wood cabinets, melamine cabinets are offered at a much lower price point.

 

  • With these savings, the cost of your new installations or renovations will be a little easier to swallow.

 

  • Looks as good as wood at a fraction of the cost.

 

  • The finish is often more consistent than solid wood grains. This is because melamine kitchen cabinets are manufactured in a controlled environment.

Cons

  • The cabinets can be heavy

 

  • Although the weight of the cabinets may not be your first concern, this may mean having to purchase heavy-duty brackets to install your new cabinets.

 

  • Without proper hanging brackets, the cabinets could fall off your wall, possibly causing expensive damages.

 

  • Melamine can chip.

 

  • Although the outside resin coating is durable, it can be prone to chipping.

 

  • Chips will leave the internal wood particle core exposed, and this can be very unattractive.

 

  • Also, if your cabinets do chip, it can be expensive to have them refinished.

 

  • Melamine can be harder to install.

 

  • Because of the nature of their construction, melamine cabinets might not pair well with nails and screws. If used improperly, nails and screws can cause the melamine to splinter.

 

 

  • Melamine is susceptible to water damage.

 

  • If the wood particle core of the cabinets gets saturated with water, it can compromise their structural integrity.

 

  • Water can be absorbed into this material more easily than solid wood, so you should be aware of this when installing cabinets next to your sink.

 

  • The paper and resin finish makes them easier to clean.

 

  • Resistant to heat, moisture, stains and dirt. Note: to enhance moisture resistance you must keep up maintenance on the outer finish.

Thermoplastic

Definition

  • Are made using a flexible vinyl material that is applied by heating the vinyl and molding it over medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or engineered wood.

Pros

  • Superior moisture resistance.

 

  • Wide range of color and pattern options.

 

  • Easy care and maintenance.

 

  • They won’t chip or crack due to high humidity.

 

  • Resists chipping better than painted surfaces.

Cons

  • Poor heat resistance.

Other info

  • The laminate surface resists stains and is easily wiped down. Stubborn residues such as grease can be removed with a mild all-purpose cleaner. Thermofoil doesn’t require protective coatings, as wood cabinets do, which makes them lower in maintenance.

Wood

Definition

  • It’s a natural product available in many types and styles such as maple, birch, mahogany, walnut, oak, pine, etc. The different woods all have their advantages, be it density, durability or simply in their visual appeal.

Pros

  • They are durable and easy to repair with wood filler wax sticks if scratched.

 

  • They are available in a wide variety of styles, colours, wood types, and finishes.

 

  • They can be customized to complement unusual decor designs.

 

  • Stock cabinetry comes with mix-and-match options and finishes to suit many kitchens.

 

  • Cabinets can be re-stained or painted to give a new look.

 

  • Wood is a timeless material and does not go out of fashion.

 

  • It’s a safe long-term choice and is very resistant to damage.

 

  • Several choices of wood types and hues.

Cons

  • They can be expensive to install compared to other cabinet types.

 

  • Custom or semi-custom cabinets take time to create and install, meaning longer project times.

 

  • They expand and contract with changing humidity and can warp over time.

 

  • They are more difficult to clean, usually requiring special products designed for wood cleaning.

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