Which Exactly Are Thermofoil Cabinets?

Thermofoil cabinets include laminate or melamine bonded to a medium-density fiberboard core. These strong and decorative covers withstand high-traffic areas, such as a busy kitchen. The wide range of finishes and textures can help refurbish an older home’s kitchen or style a modern bathroom on a mid century budget.

Pressed and Molded

Thermofoil is made from PVC, a versatile polymer. This semi-rigid membrane laminates horizontal or engraved through a membrane press or vacuum press. The heat and pressure bonding procedure makes a sturdy finish. Applying a vacuum or positive pressure to the laminate and substrate materials makes a three-dimensional product that does not diminish natural wood resources.

Durable and Low Maintenance

A thermofoil cover offers a lasting and less-expensive alternative to wood cabinets. Thermofoil offers resistance to corrosion, stains, ultraviolet rays and scrapes. These low-maintenance closets wipe clean with a damp cotton cloth or nonabrasive sponge and a mild dish soap. No wood shine is called for on this synthetic material. A high-quality MDF substrate withstands humidity and temperature fluctuations. Thermofoil offers more resistance to moisture, unlike older cabinets with a deteriorating lacquer finish that flakes and discolors in areas with high humidity, for example near sinks and dishwashers.

Style Variations

Based upon the manufacturer, these foil vinyls include styles which range from bold colours to metallic to fake wood grains to match your decor. Thermofoil finishes contain silk, matte, greasy wood and high gloss which seem consistent across the cabinet. Options vary from a neutral color for a calming effect to some bold hue for a high-energy appearance. Selecting a mild, soft lotion door with a smooth finish helps a small kitchen look more spacious and airy; a moderate, wood grain print may create a large room cozier.

Care and Protection

Although thermofoil covers provide moisture resistance, making them suitable for humid baths, this laminate isn’t watertight. Water seeping into the cabinet can ruin the finish. Tobacco smoke may discolor thermofoil over a time period. These plastic-wrapped closets lack heat resistance. Put hot appliances, such as toasters and electric skillets, from the cabinets. Inserting a heat shield between the cabinet and an oven, by way of example, helps prolong the life of your thermofoil cabinets.

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