In the past, laminate kitchen cabinets may have gotten a bad reputation with some people, but the trustworthiness of this particular material has become widely unquestioned by many homeowners over the years. We want to correct any misconceptions as laminate cabinets can actually prove to be a better choice for some applications when installing new cupboards in your home.
Metropolitan offers hundreds of laminate colors and patterns to choose from, fabricated locally right at our Norwood, MA facility. We fabricate laminate cabinet doors from every vendor, including Formica, Wilsonart, Pionite, Poliform, Nevamar, Arborite, and Lamin-Art.
What are Laminate Cabinets and How are They Created?
Laminate cabinets are created using a thin, glossy coat of material that is bonded to the exterior surfaces of the cabinet door. This material is then glued onto cost-effective board, typically MDF or particleboard. There are many different types of laminate used in making cabinets and they all act very differently in terms of their appearance and how they’re applied. For instance, there are resin-impregnated laminates that have higher quality graphics but vinyl films that have cheaper graphics yet offer much better resistance against heat and moisture damage. Finally, another type is hot-stamped transfer foils which are able to retain more detailed images for more intricate designs as well as offer a variety of different colors to choose from!
Other Types Of Laminate Cabinets
Laminate cabinets come in a variety of colors and styles. They are durable, scratch-resistant, and easy to clean because the laminate coatings on them protect against stains. You can use laminated cabinets for both interior and exterior applications. Though we recommend a true laminate cabinet, there are other options in the laminate category we want you to know about.
Thermofoil is a synthetic laminate made from plastic sheets composed of aluminum and paper. Because of the way it’s manufactured, plastic-laminated papers are able to be heat-applied to any variety of surfaces such as wood, metal, or even glass. It’s quite affordable because of its simplicity and low labor cost which makes it more popular among buyers who have a tighter budget. When it comes to thermofoil cabinets, it’s best to buy from a reputable company to ensure cheap materials are not being used and to avoid peeling issues.
Melamine is actually made from the same materials as some forms of laminate. Just like laminate, melamine has a range of quality products. Textured Melamine can be used on cabinetry to give a three-dimensional texture product type finishes to doors and gives consumers many options without having to pay an exorbitant cost for real wood doors. Faux wood grains or bamboo are just some of the textures that consumers can use when deciding how they want their kitchen cabinets to look inside their homes.
Laminate VS Wood: If You're Stuck on Price
Laminate finish is durable and can last many years. Our wood-look laminate finishes are a fantastic alternative to real wood. Our high-quality laminate cabinets can last for years in your contemporary kitchen without looking old or worn out.
Are Laminate Cabinets Good Enough For Your Kitchen Or Bathroom?
Laminate cabinets have a sturdy, rigid structure that is easy to maintain. Laminate cabinets are durable and made for use in high-traffic areas. They are also fire resistant and can be used in a variety of environments, including moist kitchens and bathrooms.
Quality does not always mean a high price! Our knowledgeable team makes sure to source only the highest quality materials for your new laminate cabinets because when it comes to making big decisions about redoing a room in your house, we want you to be confident in the quality of material and strength.
Picking The Right Cabinet Texture And Paint Color
There are thousands of color and pattern options when it comes to laminate cabinets. This is where the help of a design expert would be very useful to spark inspiration and help you decide on a style. Having someone to bounce ideas off of and to give you input on complementary colors and patterns could be invaluable in the long run.
The tried and true style idea is to stick to basic and solid colors like white, grey, or black, which will outlast trends that come and go in the long term. You don’t want to have to update your home every few years… unless that brings you joy.
Interested in Laminate Cabinets for Your Next Project?
Contemporary and sleek, laminate cabinets create a clean look for kitchens, bathroom vanities, laundry rooms, and more in both residential and multi-family homes. With a large variety of new colors and patterns developed recently, laminate is seeing a resurgence in popularity.
Contact us today for more information on what’s in stock at the store today!