Acrylic Finish vs Laminate Finish
Presently there are various kitchen cabinet finishes available in the market such as acrylic finish, membrane finish, laminate finish, stainless steel finish etc.
Acrylic finish and laminate finish are the most popular option among all the finishes for kitchen cabinets. Visual appeal, pricing and durability are some of the aspects in which they differ from each other.
To help you choose the right cabinet finish that suits your kitchen aesthetics, it is important to understand the difference between acrylic and laminate finish.
So, let’s start,
1). Aesthetic Appeal
The acrylic finish gives the kitchen cabinets a looked like they are painted in a glossy finish. They add a visual appeal to your kitchen.
on the other hand,
Laminate cabinets are also available in the glossy finish but they are comparatively less reflective and less striking as compared to acrylic cabinets.
Acrylic is made up of polymer fibre. it is quite similar to a lacquer finish. it gives a smooth seamless mirror-like appearance to kitchen cabinets. this material is presently achieving importance in the field of modular kitchens.
Laminate is made up of flat paper and plastic resin pressed together with the help of high-pressure automated machinery. the top layer is printed with colours and decorative patterns. there are two categories of laminates –
i). High-pressure laminate that is used on plywood and others is
ii). Low-pressure laminate is used on MDF or particle board.
Acrylic finishes retain their colour and smooth gloss for a long period of time. The acrylic finish does not lose its visual appeal for many decades.
Laminates are highly durable and can easily withstand wear and Tear.
If the surface is cleaned using glass cleaning spray or products containing Ammonia then fine scratches can appear on the cabinet and also the colour of the sheet keeps from eventual changing to yellow.
on the other hand,
Laminates have the tendency to chip and once there chipped, it is not possible to repair them again. the whole sheet needs to be replaced.
5). Varieties And Colour
Acrylic finishes are available in plenty of colours that are bright and vibrant and retain their colour and gloss for a long period of time.
on the other hand,
Laminates are available in a wide range of colours and finishes including wooden, glossy, Matte, and Ultra high gloss. they also come in many textures like wood, stone, etc.
Acrylic finishes are scratch resistant and do not delaminate, tarnished or fade away.
They always appear Ultra glossy and flawlessly smooth. however, they need regular cleaning as dirt, stain and fingerprint Marks are more visible on them. Use a mild soap and water mixture with a gentle cleaning cloth for cleaning surfaces.
In comparison with an acrylic finish,
Laminate is highly resistant to scratches & Abrasions. Laminates are easy to maintain and can be easily cleaned by regular wiping.
Acrylic finish cabinets are more expensive when compared to laminates. The rate of acrylic finishes starts from Rs.1500/- square feet.
Laminates are very cost-effective and budget-friendly compared to acrylic finishes. The rate of laminate finisher starts from Rs.800/- square feet.
To conclude this topic we can say acrylic and laminate both are good finishes. Now, what is there is a trending combination of both acrylic and laminate finish cabinets in a modular kitchen.
Acrylic finish is preferred use for upper cabinets for the glossy and attractive look as lighting tends to highlight them. Lower cabinets can be made of laminate finishes due to their continuous use as their highly durable and has a good resistance to wear and Tear.
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