Custom Kitchen Renovations and Designs
Kitchen doors are a highly visible component of a kitchen, as well as one of the more used. They not only need to look good, they need to withstand daily use; being opened and closed, cleaned, etc. So it's important to choose the doors that meet your needs.
The following is a guide to assist you in choosing the right door materials for your kitchen renovation:
Laminate Doors (Melamine)
The terminology can be a little confusing here, as there are also ‘Laminated Doors’, but generally the term laminate is used when referring to melamine doors. This product is a pre-manufactured product, typically a MDF or Particleboard substrate, and finished with a double sided melamine coating. They are normally available in 16mm or 18mm thick (with other thicknesses available in limited ranges). Melamine doors are only available in a flat face surface and are finished with a 1mm thick or 2mm thick matching or contrasting ABS edge. Available in variety of both colours and finish this is generally the most cost effective (depending on brand & finish) and also one of the more durable products available for your kitchen fronts.
Laminated (or High Pressure Laminated) Doors
Like the above melamine doors, this type of kitchen front is only available in a flat face profile. They are finished with ABS edges, where available, or the edges are laminated to match the front material. Laminated doors are the process of using benchtop laminate materials adhered to a substrate board, either in single or double sided face finish. Should you choose to only use your preferred colour to the face, the rear side would then typically be laminated using a white or black laminate liner to balance the material. Using benchtop laminate material offers an extensive range of colours and finishes, but due to the manufacturing process it is a more expensive option then melamine doors.
Thermoformed or Vinyl Wrap
Thermoformed doors is the process where a plastic sheet (film) is heated to a pliable forming temperature, then formed to a MDF substrate to the shape of your choice. There is a vast range of both colours and finishes available in this kitchen front and depending on the finish this type of door can have a range of different mouldings and rebates to its face side only. Being formed over the face and edge of your door this process eliminates the need for separate edging. Thermoformed doors are prone to shrinking and peeling when exposed to extreme heat and steam, and for this reason it is extremely important to design your kitchen in a suitable manner for this product. Apart from heat exposure, thermoformed doors are an extremely durable material for everyday. The price depends on the finish and profile you choose, but we typically find thermoformed kitchen in the upper end of kitchen costing. Also the manufacturing process of this type of kitchen will have an impact on your price which you can read more about in our blog.
Painted / Two Pack Polyurethane Doors
Being one of the more popular options in today’s market, Polyurethane doors give you an almost limitless option in colours, finishes and profiles. The kitchen doors and panels are prepared on a MDF substrate to the shape and profile of your choice then the face is sprayed in the colour and finish of your choice, from Matt / Satin to Semi-Gloss / Gloss. We generally use the Dulux colour range as selection options but Polyurethane doors can be colour matched to other samples or suppliers. Being a painted product these doors are not as durable as the above options but are one of the few products that can be repaired should you have issues occur. Polyurethane doors are one of the more expensive options in your kitchen renovation, and both the colour you choose and profile will also have an impact on your price.
Timber Veneer Doors
Veneer doors involve the process of laminating natural timber veneer sheets to a suitable substrate, typically MDF. The veneer is laminated to one or both sides, then cut and edged similar a melamine door. The veneer panels are then finished in your choice of clear lacquers in a range of gloss levels, or can be stained if requested to match some existing furniture or timbers within your home. This type of kitchen door, like melamine and laminated doors, is typically only available in a flat front design. The price will depend on the species of timber you choose, but is typically in the mid-high range. It’s very important when choosing natural timber veneers to keep in mind that they are real timber and for that reason each sheet / panel will vary.
Another option to natural timber veneer doors are engineered timber veneers which will generally ensure you get a more consistent colour and pattern and are also available in a pre-finished board from some suppliers.
Solid Timber Doors
Like natural timber veneers, solid timber doors are a natural product and colour and grain variations will occur from door to door, and batch to batch. For many this is the attraction of solid timber kitchens, a natural warmth that only they can offer. Available in a range of timbers, profiles and finishes like timber veneer, this will have an impact on your renovation price. This type of kitchen is generally in the higher bracket of kitchen renovations. Also, it is important to remember when building with solid timbers that typically a lot of your panels and kickboard components will be made from natural timber veneers and if you’re finishing your doors with a clear lacquer there can be again some variances within colours and grains.