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Spotlight On…. Laminate Cabinet Doors and Refacing

September 07, 2016

Cabinets and storage are a defining feature of a kitchen. How your cabinets are made, and from what, determines the strength and lifespan of your kitchen investment. There are several high value synthetic kitchen cabinet materials on the market today. Today, we will look at laminates, the most popular synthetic material.

Past synthetic products have not been very sturdy, but new developments in the industry have brought forward materials of a much higher caliber. Today we have sturdier materials and processes that go into a product that is called DLV, or Decorative Laminate Veneer. In the video below, one of our owners, Brett Cohen, explains the difference between the types of laminates available, what to look for, and why.

Now that you know that not all laminates are created equal, let’s review and add a few more facts to the mix.

Differences between RTF and DLV Laminate:

~ RTF or Thermofoil doors are finished doors that were entirely literally laminated, a process that could be undone in the course of normal kitchen heat exposure and use.

~ DLV fuses the strong base material MDF with panels of melamine and adds a layer of protective resin for a finish that can outperform some natural woods. DLV doors are solid doors that are assembled like other doors, out of pieces of MDF coated with a laminate finish of your choice. Worth looking out for, these new products are sturdy and a solid investment that will last for many years.

Refacing Laminate Cabinets: How Does It Work & Why Is It Right for You?

The laminate refacing process is quite similar to real wood refacing. With laminate refacing, instead of a thin layer of wood veneer, a thin layer of laminate is applied to all the surfaces that you wish to refresh. Then, new doors are installed onto the refaced existing or new cabinets.

This kitchen was expanded and refaced in a warm wood-look laminate, and looks great! Existing cabinets were refaced and repaired, and new cabinets were added along with the new exteriors. Two of the kitchen cabinets received storage upgrades with full extension rollouts, while another got a pull out base organizer and a tip out tray added storage to the sink area. A classy and custom look was created by adding details like a mullion glass door, crown molding, a light rail and base molding.

Wood is a very popular cabinet material choice, known for its durability and beautiful look.  Those two traits are also true of quality laminate cabinet doors. However, if you wanted a particular wood grain or the multi-dimensional glow of a natural product, there won’t be a replacement for that. But if you want the look of wood without worrying about it darkening over time or you just want a more manageable cost without sacrificing either beauty or durability, then laminate refacing is worth looking at. Laminate is more difficult to repair than wood, but it is less susceptible to some of the kinds of damage that wood is vulnerable to and will stay strong and beautiful for a long time.

The Beauty of Laminate Cabinets & How They Can Suit Your Kitchen’s Aesthetic

Laminates are known for their smooth and glossy sheen and for that reason, they’re a great choice for contemporary, modern, and retro kitchen styles. With the new textures that are now available, traditional and rustic styles can take advantage of Decorative Laminate Veneer cabinet doors. Just don’t be surprised if no one guesses it’s not wood! Kitchen styles are more strongly shaped by door style than by material, so if you’re considering traditional, rustic and country looks, laminate is not only an option, it could be your best option for cost-effectively reaching your goal.

Benefit From the Installation of New Laminate Cabinets & More

When your kitchen’s aesthetic needs some refreshing, there’s no better company to turn to for a solution than Kitchen Saver®. Through one of our Custom Cabinet Renewal projects, you can first see your cabinetry refaced, with laminate cabinets being a fantastic option for you to invest in. This smooth and glossy material the perfect look for any kitchen, and we also offer a wide selection of eye-catching colors and finishes so you can find the exact look that will best suit your kitchen’s design. And the best part is, once your replacement cabinet doors and drawers have been installed, we have even more to offer.

Our Custom Cabinet Renewal projects have evolved over the years to include far more than just cabinet refacing. Instead, we go the extra mile by addressing other aspects of the kitchen. We can install new sinks and fixtures, updated countertops, under-cabinet lighting, and space-saving storage accessories. That way, by the time we’re done with your project, you’ll have a kitchen that looks the way you’ve always dreamed it would.

What a difference refacing can make! This kitchen was transformed with new countertops and new Parma doors. Helpful touches like trim, under-cabinet lighting, full extension drawers and a new cabinet add storage and usability.

Ready to get started on your investment in laminate cabinets through one of our Custom Cabinet Renewal projects? Check our reviews and service areas and get in touch with Kitchen Saver today!

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