Cabinet Door Information

Low Pressure Laminate Doors

Low Pressure laminate is a decorative layer of resin impregnated paper that is pressed directly onto a sub straight of particle board or MDF to a achieve a perfect bond. Some variations are pressed with an embossing plate to achieve a textured finish.

Pros: Excellent price point, many rich textured finished available.

Cons: Not all colours available in thicknesses over 3/4", usually not suitable as a horizontal surface material.

Cost: $-$$$

Thermofoil Cabinet Doors

Thermofoil is a plastic material which is thermoformed to the profile of an underlying engineered wood core such as medium-density fiberboard or particle board to create a wide variety of door profiles.

Pros: Quite cost effective, easy to clean.

Cons: Some colours may fade over time, more susceptible to heat and moisture damage

Cost: $-$$

High Pressure Laminate Cabinet Doors

The same decorative paper layer in low pressure laminate is applied to a phenolic layer approximately 1mm in thickness. The Material is then glued to a substrate and clash the exposed edges. Typically used in commercial millwork and high wear areas.

Pros: Extremely durable, available in a wide variety of colours, excellent for horizontal surface applications and can be formed around a large radius (like a reception desk).

Cons: Edges are clashed with the face material so there is typically a 1mm brown line on the perimeter of the panel.

Cost: $$-$$$

Natural Wood Veneer Cabinet Doors

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Cons: Will change colour over time as the wood natural ages, susceptible to damage from UV exposure

Cost: $$$-$$$$$

 

Painted MDF Doors

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Pros: Excellent material for painted finishes as it is extremely stable and calibrated, Available in almost any colour you can think of!

Cons: Painted finishes are not as durable as other engineered materials.

Cost: $$$-$$$$

Solid Wood Cabinet Doors

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Cons: Top end of the price spectrum, will change colour over time as the wood ages naturally, not recommended for painting and cracks can appear between the frame and the panel as they expand and contract, susceptible to damage from UV damage and moisture.

Cost: $$$-$$$$$

 

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