Monday, February 16, 2015

Melamine Vs Plywood Cabinets

What is the difference? Does it really matter if the cabinets are equipped with melamine or plywood? Here are the facts of melamine:

The way it looks. If I have a piece of plywood against pressed against a piece of melamine cabinets built in 9 of the 10 show a customer, after looking at the depth of the construction, and the strength of plywood against more inclined to ask multiplex wood cabinets they are like melamine.

If it is wet, it swells and removed! Does that make sense? Kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and closets are in wetlands. I can not count the number of customers who have asked me why her cupboards melamine musty, rotten, moldy, and the doors and drawers is no longer correct - "We had a few years ago, they installed" they tell me.

Traditional melamine is really difficult.

Melamine is ridiculous! He breaks, chips very easily, dispatchers, de-laminated, screws or nails may not hold, and is so thin, I can not understand how to do anything with a paper plating thickness! Melamine contaminated substrate like cardboard.

Will not hold, especially after the client begins the doors open for a long screws (confirmats well). A few months later - they fall! For example, I recently dismantled kitchen melamine that only a few years old, built with glued and stapled 3/4 "material from one of those big box home improvement stores. With only a hammer was that 10 to 15 reflects about 12 minutes prevailed cabinets. They literally fall apart with a few shots fell. I removed the doors check by simply pulling with one hand ... I just ripped the doors and hinges in one motion.

It smells!

Chips easily when the blade is not sharp, all the time.

Difficult to treat.

The ends of use - the edge band melamine bottom with adhesive strips on which the gasket to cover the clamping plate (sawdust) between the melamine sheets with heat.

Problems of delamination. The melamine is separated from the clamping plate between the melamine sheets.

Surface breaks when the screws.

Among the materials decompose over time (loosen seals).

Hinges solve easier over time (by hanging door).

Will not keep well without glue or as nail guns.

Cheap (return).

The selection of melamine cabinets or plywood cabinets is really a choice that is yours. There are advantages and disadvantages of each of these materials. After reviewing the summary of the advantages and disadvantages of each material, you can then make a decision on what to use for your cabinets.


Although melamine can be strong enough to make your cabinets, plywood tends to be stronger. This makes your cabinets to resist more.


Hinges are usually resolved much earlier verses plywood melamine cabinets Cabinet.


Drawers also tend to break verses plywood melamine cabinets Cabinet. See screws at the bottom.


Not hold screws and plywood, melamine, and tend to erode when screwing in.


Plywood is more expensive than melamine.


Melamine simple wipes. Plywood is a little more difficult to clean.


Plywood must end with a varnish, paint or stain - your choice. Melamine is pre-finished in a variety of colors.