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A Look at the Difference Between PVC Edged, Vinyl Wrapped and Painted Doors

A Look at the Difference Between PVC Edged, Vinyl Wrapped and Painted Doors

A look at the difference between PVC edged, vinyl wrapped and painted doors for kitchens, bedrooms, offices and bathrooms.

Cabinet doors are key to the look and feel of kitchens, bedrooms and offices. They are the first thing that the eye is drawn to so need to look good, be durable, hard-wearing and resilient to everyday wear and tear.

When it comes to finding the right style and material there is a lot to choose from, which is why we decided to outline the most popular choices and applications in the industry.

Vinyl-wrapped:

Vinyl-wrapped doors are made from MDF panels that are cut and profiled as required, then glued and covered with vinyl.

Because the vinyl goes all the way around the door, it provides a nice neat finish, as there are no distracting joints to see. They are also versatile as the MDF panels that the vinyl is attached to can be designed and routed to lots of different profiles, from contemporary-look flat doors to more traditional themes and styles.

Vinyl can, of course, come in a huge variety of colours and textures (gloss, woodgrains, matt and even mirrored) giving customers an outstanding selection of colours and combinations to choose from.

Vinyl-wrapped doors are a very popular and economical choice.

Vinyl is durable and made to last - it’s also designed to be scratch and chip resistant, keep out moisture (especially important in kitchens), can be wiped clean and never needs repainting.

Look out for poor quality vinyl wrapped doors that can have an ‘orange peel’ like finish. If heat or moisture penetrates the seam at the back (where the vinyl meets the MDF) it can cause the vinyl to peel, so it’s always a good idea to buy from a manufacturer you can trust that uses the best possible products in the manufacturing process.

PVC-edged:

PVC-edged doors are made using MFC (melamine faced chipboard) with a matching PVC edging.

They give a contemporary look and are available in a large range of colours, different wood grain effects and textures – giving flexibility and variety.

These doors are probably the most durable cabinet doors available, as the edges, often the weakest area of the MFC, are covered in PVC and so prevents chipping.

They also do not require varnishing or repainting, and are ideal for high traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms as they can be easily cleaned, meaning they deal with the many tasks daily life throw at them effortlessly.

PVC edged doors are usually the most economical choice within the range of doors available and make an affordable option whatever the budget. They also do their bit for the environment too as MFC is a sustainable wood based product, meaning your cabon footprint per installation will be reduced. One thing to be aware of is that the quality and finish of the edging can vary from one manufacturer to another. Sometimes the edges can be visible especially in a light glossy colour if not manufactured to a high standard, so make sure to use a manufacturer you can trust.

Painted doors:

Painted cabinet doors offer a wide range of design options and provide truly customised finishes.

One of the many advantages of painted doors is the choice and flexibility that they provide – they are available in an almost unlimited range of colours, textures and design options, making them a popular option for both modern and traditional applications. Also, by using a colour matching service, your customers can achieve a bespoke and personalised design that will not be seen anywhere else.

This exclusivity is another big advantage for those looking to achieve a custom and premium look and feel, on top of the fact that painted doors often have smoother finishes, and non-fading, non-yellowing and offer more uniform textures.

Painted doors don’t tend to chip easily either, although wear might be more visible on lighter colours, which is an important factor to consider at specification stage. Don’t be put off though, as unlike many doors within the market, stains and smudges can be easily touched-up and repaired.

Painted doors do however come with a higher than average price tag due to the work involved in the process, which is why they are normally considered a higher end product than most mass-manufactured items.

With careful selection and professional help from the experts at HPP, any of these options can help you to create the style and design of your choice.

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Tantalising Textures for Every Taste

Registered Embossed Woodgrain Surface

We all know that consumer trends are moving towards a warmer, more tactile finish, but as this shift is taking place, we're also seeing a fantastic movement in the materials manufacturing market, developing products to a newer and more innovative route with textures and finishes that not only get the industry excited, but get consumers' minds working overtime too.

In the last two years alone, we've seen some stunning new products, ranging from highly textured surfaces, ultra smooth, mirror gloss, matt and everything in between; so we thought we'd outline some of the most popular products in the industry at present and illustrate the differences of each.

Gloss Finishes

Since the introduction of the contemporary gloss white kitchen, we've seen some real developments in this area to provide consumers with even better, more stunning gloss finishes that are durable and scratch resistant.

Now available as acrylic or PVC gloss finishes, consumers can select from a wide range of popular colours from leading brands such as Kronospan, Finsa, Pfleiderer, Egger and Décor Panels. With new colours and tones available, gloss is now not only appealing to the contemporary market, but also to those leaning more towards a traditional look and feel too, giving it a wider, all-round appeal.

Gloss is great for creating a sense of openness and flow, and helps to create the illusion of more space in smaller kitchen designs. It also helps to bounce light around the room, making the most of any natural daylight that is available.

Maintenance is easy with these products too, but fingerprints do show up more easily than non-gloss alternatives, so this is always worth baring in mind when designing for a busy family home.

Matt Finishes

As an increasingly popular alternative to gloss finishes, consumers are starting to demand more in terms of texture and feel, which is where a matt finish is coming into its own within the industry.

Whilst not currently as popular as gloss, demand for matt finishes is without doubt increasing, and becoming a more popular choice for those wanting something more innovative and unique for their kitchens and bedrooms.

Usually manufactured with a polyurethane painted surface, matt finish furniture generates an extremely smooth yet hardwearing surface that has a certain air of quality and sophistication to it.

The décor is relatively new to the market and appears to be very popular and certainly in demand. This looks set to continue for the longer term.

Registered Embossed

Registered embossed materials provide a sophisticated feel that is perfect for creating a high value and elegant look. Materials generate life-like knots, blemishes and grains in wood patterns to give a premium feel, and are perfectly suited to both mid-market and high-end installations.

Available as Egger Feelwood and Kronospan Natural Touch, both ranges are becoming increasingly popular for consumers, as they want a more rustic, homely, warm feeling to their kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installations.

The registered embossed materials are a real step up from standard MFC products as they add a feeling of quality and prestige. They do cost a little more than the traditional MFC products, but are becoming somewhat of an industry standard for many trade customers as the benefits significantly outweigh the drawbacks.

Highly Textured Thermo-structured board

The next step up from registered embossed MFC is the premium XyloCleaf range of thermo-structured boards; currently available to buy as full sheet material and also as part of the HPP Aspects Doors Range

The product uses unique thermal manufacturing processes to generate extremely deep and intricate textures that are difficult to distinguish from the real material it is designed to mimic.

Available in a wide range of life-like wood grains, linens and other unique materials for both kitchen and bedroom applications, these are becoming a very popular choice within the industry thanks to the great finished effect that can be achieved and the sheer durability and chemical resistance of the product.

The range does come with a slightly higher price tag, which is more in line with the premium end of the market, but the end result more than compensates for this price difference as the material is very unique and individual to each design.

Mirror Finish Gloss

Created to add a little 'wow-factor' to any kitchen or bedroom design, the mirror gloss range, which is primarily available from the Kronospan range, offers a superior mirror gloss finish that gives a premium appearance, as well as an extremely hard wearing surface, making them not only great for the design of any kitchen or bedroom, but also highly practical for any situation.

These products are great for spaces large and small, as they bounce light around and help to create a true feeling of open plan, contemporary living. Maintenance is relatively hassle free with these products too, but as with the high gloss range, fingerprints do tend to show more quickly on these products in comparison to ranges such as the matt or textured products, so sometimes aren't the most suitable for busy family life.

See the full range of full sheet and cut and edged materials available from HPP here

One Board, Many uses!

Sample pack from HPP

Melamine faced chipboard, or MFC as it's known in the trade is heavily used in the production of kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and office furniture and is made by printing and applying a decorative paper in a melamine resin. This is pressed onto the board in a matter of seconds, which is critical to the process to ensure the melamine doesn't set before it is applied to the board.

MFC board is great for many applications as it offers a variety of thicknesses from very thin such as 6mm, right through to 18mm, 22mm and higher.

There are various grades of board available, and those wishing for something very hard wearing should select a dense board as this is more durable, but heavier to lift. Denser boards also offer better reliability in terms of resistance to warping and twisting, but come with a higher price tag.

Low-density board is more common in low traffic areas and within domestic applications, and is much lighter to lift and easier to cut and maneuver.

The consumer market tends to have the wrong impression of MFC board, often thinking about the type of cheap, brittle board that was commonly available in the 90's, but the technology has come a long way since then, and with the development of new processes, edging systems, engineered embossing and a variety of decors, finishes and textures, the market has never had so much choice and real potential to do something very different and unique!

The possible applications for MFC are endless. We've seen customer projects carried out in recent years that are both innovative and functional. Our MFC board has been used for applications such as home offices, bedrooms, walk-in wardrobes, entire kitchen and dining areas, custom made furniture such as matching coffee tables, counters and country dressers, right through to media centres, cinema storage and even wall paneling for both domestic and commercial applications.

With such a wide variety of MFC board available, customers are able to create almost any look, texture and finish the end user demands, and with boards suitable for both domestic and commercial applications, the product offers reliability and quality at a competitive price point.

To find out more, check out our boards online http://www.hpponline.co.uk/cat/206/sheet-material or visit one of our trade counters to see the range of options available.

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