What is laminate?
Since its invention in the early 1900s, laminate has come a long way. Each year, the technology improves not only for the laminate itself but also for the machines that cut and edge it.
What is laminate? Laminate is a made up of multiple layers of material which are bonded together to create a strong and stable surface. In the case of laminated boards used for door and drawer fronts, the layers usually consist of paper and resin. They are then bonded to different kinds of moisture resistant board such as MDF. Because of the way it’s made, the surface can only be manufactured as a flat board (without profiling).
For those of you who grew up in the 60s or 70s, you might have bad memories of laminate peeling off on the edges. Well, given that that was more than 40 years ago, I can guarantee, technology has improved! Laminate in its natural, thin form is quite brittle and if you bend it far enough, it will snap. The front of the laminate is incredibly strong and can take quite a lot of pressure before it would dint or even scratch due to the way it’s made. The laminate doors of the 60s and 70s not only cover the front of the door with laminate but also the edge. The 90 degree join between the front of the door and the edge is a very vulnerable area. Because of this, if it was knocked hard enough with a pot for example, it had a tendency to chip. This would leave a space for water to slowly seep in which would, in turn, break down the glue holding the edge in place causing it to peel away. Now, with our improved technology, the edge strips are made out of a flexible but incredibly durable PVC product. Because of its flexibility, the PVC edge won’t chip if it’s knocked. In fact, the worst that can happen is it can scratch or dint. In addition to the use of PVC, the glue and the process by which the PVC is glued to the board have also improved. Our factory, Perennial Kitchens, has recently installed a new edging machine that completely seals the join between the front of the laminate door and the PVC edge. This makes it impervious to water! So, with the improved technology of the laminate, the glue and the edging process, laminate doors and surfaces are now an incredibly durable product, probably the most durable out of all of them. And to top it all off, it’s also the most cost effective! Win, win!
Here are a few of our stunning laminate kitchens.