What are laminate (also known as melamine) doors?

These doors typically fall under the category of low-pressure laminate (LPL) rather than high-pressure laminate (HPL). Melamine is a type of decorative surface material that is created by layering paper impregnated with melamine resin onto a substrate, often a particleboard or MDF (medium-density fibreboard) core. The layers are then fused together under heat and pressure.

This process creates a hard and durable surface with a consistent colour and texture. The top layer is a decorative pattern that mimics the appearance of wood, solid colour, or other materials.

Laminate (Melamine) doors often have a smooth and even finish, and they are resistant to scratches, moisture, and heat.

These ‘square edge’ cabinet doors are commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, and other storage areas due to its durability, affordability, and versatility.

Is the edge seen?

Yes. To enhance the durability and appearance of these doors, manufacturers apply an edge banding, which is a thin strip of plastic material that is heat-fused or glued onto the edges of the door.

The plastic edge banding serves several purposes:

Protection: It protects the edges of the melamine door from chipping, moisture infiltration, and other forms of damage that can occur over time.

Aesthetics: Edge banding provides a finished and polished look to the door, enhancing its appearance by creating a seamless and smooth edge.

Durability: The plastic edge adds extra strength and resistance to impacts and daily wear and tear.

Consistency: Edge banding can provide a uniform colour and texture to the edges, maintaining a consistent appearance with the rest of the door.

The plastic used for edge banding is often made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and is available in various colours and finishes to match as close as possible to the melamine board colour or the overall design of the cabinet.

Overall, laminate square edge cupboard doors are a practical and cost-effective choice for those seeking durable and visually appealing cabinet door options. However, they might not provide the same level of elegance and longevity as more premium materials.

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