WHAT ARE MELAMINE KITCHEN CABINETS?
Melamine is a synthetic material that’s composed of different things, including wood particles, glue, resins and even paper. Having a paper and resin finish means that melamine kitchen cabinets are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. The colors they come in are usually solids, or come in multiple shades of faux wood grains.
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.
2. 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.
With this level of choice, you can find the perfect match for your kitchen’s style.
3. 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.
4. Low cost
Compared to solid wood cabinets, melamine cabinets are offered at a much lower price point.
1. 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.
2. 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.
For this reason, having a professional installation team can be beneficial.
3. 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.