Kitchen Remodeling San Jose: The Solera Group
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Thermofoil Kitchen Cabinets
Thermofoil is a plastic finishing material applied to cabinets. It’s very water resistant and therefore very good in wet environments like bathroom and kitchens.
For whatever reason more white high sheen thermofoil is sold than any other style, even though it comes in a variety of colors and sheens. You can even get it in a fake wood finish, but I suggest you don’t as it does not really look like wood.
The one big disadvantage of thermofoil cabinets for your kitchen (or bathroom) is that they are not very heat resistant. Heat (such as from an oven or even a curling iron) can cause them to start to delaminate.
To address this you get and install heat shields (pieces of metal) between the cabinet and the heat source.
For what it’s worth, I’ve read discussion forums of people who have thermofoil cabinets installed and there does seem to be a consensus that if they were re-doing their cabinets on a budget now, they would avoid thermofoil and go for painted wood.
The appearance is similar, the ability to clean is similar (if you use a durable high sheen paint).
It seems the big issue is once a section delaminates due to heat, it can not be repaired. You simply live with the damage until you replace the cabinet.
Perhaps thermofoil is best kept for the bathroom.
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