Laminate is a synthetic material placed on particleboard, which is made of compressed wood. It comes in high-pressure and low-pressure varieties. High-pressure laminate is the higher quality. Low-pressure laminate, such melamine, is used on the less-expensive kitchen cabinets and is not as durable as the high-pressure variety. It also comes in fewer colors, so it is less appealing among homeowners looking for a wide variety of color options.
Laminate doors are made by applying the synthetic material on top of particleboard or MDF. Because of the way laminate doors are made, the seams of the underlying particle board (which is brown) may show, which is often considered a drawback to using laminate.
Pros and Cons of laminate finish :-
Major advantages to using laminate, other than its low cost, is that it is a durable material that will hold up to the heavy use of the average kitchen. It doesn't warp with time like wood can, and it's resistant to fading. It also holds stain color uniformly so each cabinet will be exactly the same throughout your kitchen. Laminate is also available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and door styles, so it can be used in both traditional and modern kitchens, depending on your specific style and taste.
Maintenance and Durability :
Laminate finishes are relatively more hard-wearing and durable when compared to acrylic. Laminates are also moisture and heat resistant, and can be treated for antibacterial properties.
Laminates are available in glossy options, these are not as reflective as an acrylic finish. As a result, the overall look is more muted and less striking.
Color and Varieties :
Variety available in laminate finishes is higher and includes matte laminate, high gloss laminates, ultra high gloss. Apart from colors, laminates are also available in various textures, including wood
Cost Effective :
If you're looking for a versatile, durable and low cost alternative to wood cabinets—in particular if you have a contemporary or modern look in mind for your kitchen—laminate cabinets can be a great choice for your kitchen design.
Laminate finishes offer variety and durability at a significantly lower cost, making them ideal for those on a budget.
All you'll need to clean laminate cabinets is a water-based household cleaner and a damp sponge.