Kitchen Remodeling San Jose: The Solera Group
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Laminate Kitchen Cabinets
Referring to kitchen cabinets as “laminate” feels a little misleading, as the cabinets are made of wood (typically particle board or MDF) and have a very thin layer of laminate material installed on top of the wood.
This is similar in concept to installing a laminate countertop of some type (of which Formica is the best known brand). Laminate material for cabinets are thinner (much thinner) but the basic idea is the same.
As you can see for the picture, the fact that the cabinets are made with a laminate is not obvious from a distance. Even when the cabinet boxes and drawer boxes are built of particle board or MDF, it’s common for doors and drawer fronts to be solid wood.
With laminates every piece is built of MDF or particle board, even door and drawer fronts that are sharped decoratively (as in not just flat and square).
Advantages and Disadvantage of Laminate Cabinets
The big advantage of laminate kitchen cabinets is they’re inexpensive. As laminate is a smooth surface, they are also easy to keep clean.
The biggest disadvantage is over time the laminate layer can peel off or de-laminate. Although it is possible to relaminate cabinets where the laminate has peeled, as you may not get an exact color match on the repair, it’s not uncommon that when one door or drawer front delaminates, you end up re-laminating or painting all your cabinets.
Conclusion: Laminate Kitchen Counters
If you’re not staying in your home forever, or if you’re remodeling a kitchen in a rental property, laminate kitchen cabinets make sense. If you do plan to stay in your home forever, you’ll probably want a higher grade material such as sold wood doors and drawer fronts.
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