Laminate: Laminate/Melamine doors offer both the Form and Function that is essential for kitchen environments. These doors are both durable and hygienic and are a very low maintenance solution for kitchen vertical surfaces. Offering the choice of classic neutral colours, pattern effects or woodgrains with matching ABS edging, laminate doors offer durability and flexibility in design and finish. Available in a semi-gloss, satin, textured and the latest Ultra Matt finishes, the traditional laminate door is now a contemporary alternative.
The ABS edging options for doors adds enhanced durability to the kitchen quality. A square edge door with a 1mm edge tape is the choice for architects, designers and clients who desire a clean and minimalist look.
Laminate/Melamine doors and panels are known for its outstanding properties like scratch resistance, durability and moisture resistance. The doors and panels can only have a flat surface face unlike Thermoformed or 2-pac painted doors which can be routed on the face.
Each laminate brand has a tiered pricing structure for different textures and finishes within their range, so not all laminate doors and panels are priced the same.
2-Pac Painted Doors:
A 2-pac paint finish provides outstanding steam and moisture resistance in a range of contemporary solid colours. 2-pac doors are available in an unlimited range of solid colours, in a gloss, semi-gloss, satin, matt, textured and metallic finish. It offers a hard finish that is less prone to scratches and wear. It is a low maintenance option that will last the test of time if looked after correctly. The paint will not peel off and nor will it show a distinctive edge to the outer perimeter of the door or panel.
A 2-pac painted kitchen is usually around 30–40% more expensive than laminate due to the amount of work that needs to go into the manufacturing of the doors and the painting process. This is the same method and process that an automotive painter goes through when painting your new car. It is sprayed in a dust free environment (spray booth) and then oven baked for hardness and durability. Also if the painting process is done correctly, this means that down the track, if the door is damaged in any way, it can be patched up and colour matched to an existing door.
Timber Veneer Doors:
A striking alternative to solid timber doors, timber veneers offer scope in textural finish, woodgrain design and colour tone. Available in natural veneer with all the character and variation of timber; reconstituted veneers for a more consistent woodgrain effect; or a textural finish to see and feel the depth of grain in the finish of your doors and panels.
Timber veneer is real timber, sliced very finely.
There is two common ways of slicing veneer to give a different appearance, typically – Quarter cut is when the timber is sliced at right angles to the growth rings and the result is a straight line pattern. Crown cut is when the timber is sliced parallel to the growth rings. The result is a crown or “cathedral” figure, usually with a straight grain pattern on either side of the feature.
Reconstructed, Dyed and Reconstituted veneers
Reconstructed veneers are made from natural veneers sliced from plantation and managed forest timbers, which are dyed and then re-glued in block moulds to form grain-patterns. The blocks are then re-sliced to produce a unique, innovative and consistent range of veneers. The veneer is dyed and provides colour to the natural grain.
Reconstituted veneers are made from different species of natural timber veneers sourced from managed forests. The veneers are re-glued into block moulds to form grain and pattern. The blocks are then re-sliced into veneer, resulting in a consistent grain of that species
Thermoformed/ Vinyl wrap doors:
Vinyl doors offer contemporary, clean lines and an easy to clean surface.
One of the biggest benefits of vinyl wrap doors is the fact that they are so adaptable to different styles. The MDF panels that the vinyl is attached to can be designed in numerous different profiles, from simple flat doors through to doors with ornamental routing. The vinyl itself comes in a large range ofcolours including solid and wood grain colours and the finish can be smooth, textured or gloss.
Vinyl wrap doors are durable and low maintenance, which is great in high traffic area. They are scratch resistant, and they won’t chip. They will wipe down easy with a soft sponge and some soapy water, and then dry them off with a clean cloth afterwards.
Solid Timber Doors:
Solid timber doors provide a look that is contemporary, traditional or rustic. Unlike man-made materials, natural timber has a rich distinctive appearance with unique colour and grain variations.
The doors are usually made with an outer frame and inner panel that needs to float to stop it from cracking. The panel can be flat, routered or flush with the frame.
There is a myriad of species available in both local and imported timbers. Timber doors are made to order and prices are will vary depending on the style and timber specified.