Choosing A Kitchen Door
The kitchen door gives your kitchen its character and personality. From sleek, modern and understated, to classic or French provincial style, your kitchen door makes the biggest statement in your new kitchen. It sets the tone for the entire kitchen space. Below is a list of commonly used door materials/ profiles and their benefits.
LOW KITCHEN BUDGET RANGE
MELAMINE DOORS – low pressure laminate
Melamine laminate is created by using resin to bond layers of paper to a substrate under low pressure. Melamine laminates are tough, durable, scratch resistant and economical. They come in a huge range of colours and finishes. Suppliers of melamine laminate doors include Laminex, Formica, Duropal and Wilson Art. Finishes include: Natural Finish or Matt, Sheen, Satin and Textured. Door profiles are always flat due to the manufacturing process.
Benefits: Easy-to-clean and maintain, and are cost effective. Suit a simple, uncomplicated and modern kitchen.
MID KITCHEN BUDGET RANGE
HIGH PRESSURE LAMINATE DOORS
High Pressure laminate is fused together under heat and pressure. The resulting layers of resin bonded paper are thermoset. The doors are glossy and durable- and like low pressure laminates- are low in VOCs.
Benefits: Low VOCs, glossy door appearance and durable. Suit modern, European inspired kitchens.
THERMOLAMINATED VINYL DOORS
Thermolaminated vinyl doors are made of resin and paper components bonded under very high pressure—similar to that of a vacuum seal. These doors can be fully profiled and come in a variety of colours and finishes such as Matt, Textured, Gloss, Ashgrain and Timberprint.
Benefits: This door style is appropriate where a traditional, country or French provincial style is required. Is competitively priced, and can have a textured appearance.
MID-HIGH KITCHEN BUDGET RANGE
Polyurethane doors have a painted finish, and come in high gloss or satin finishes, and in any colour in the Dulux colour range. A versatile choice, these doors can be fully profiled or flat, and have the option to be handless (the only door profile with this ability). The door is painted, buffed and baked three times to get its ultra-smooth hand-finished appearance. Keep in mind that not all polyurethane manufacturers offer the same quality. You must be discerning when it comes to polyurethane, as you do not want the finish to peel, chip or discolour due to poor standards.
Benefits: This door style suits contemporary, streamlined and handless kitchens. The ability to manufacture the doors to any colour preference and strength makes polyurethane a versatile choice for the design minded.
TIMBER VENEER DOORS
Timber Veneer doors combine the warm aesthetics of timber with the durability of high moisture-resistant board. Thin layers of timber veneers are bonded onto both sides of the board, meaning less wood is required for your kitchen. The cabinets may be stained, lacquered or a clear coat added, as a protectant. This door style is beautiful when you want to get the warmth and texture of natural timber in your kitchen. The door profile is always flat.
Benefits: Natural, modern looking kitchen, has a classic, timeless and contemporary appeal.