Laminate could be your best bet when choosing the material for kitchen tops or cabinet doors. Here’s why.
Laminate kitchens are ideal because they are attractive, practical, robust, easy to clean and affordable. However, the quality of laminates differs, from the most economical but less resistant, to the more sophisticated ones with higher performance regarding aesthetics and functionality, at a price that competes well with traditional materials such as wood, marble or stoneware, or avant-garde Arkocell and Laminam.
Laminate comprises one or more layers of melamine paper impregnated with thermo- hardening resins, heat laminated and applied to panels made of wood particle board or chipboard. Applying a number of sheets on top of each other produces layered laminate. The surface is formed by an overlay comprising a layer of melamine-soaked cellulose that provides the required colour, and a final protective layer. Laminate is distinguished by the fact that it can reproduce practically any type of finish or effect, including imitations of natural materials such as wood, marble or stone, at a cost way below that for the originals.
Laminates are mainly identified by the following initials:
1) CPL (Continuously Pressed Laminate)
2) HPL (High Pressure Laminate)
The initials HPL refer to thicker laminates, compacted by the combined action of heat (150°C) and high pressure for approximately 50 minutes. This is the more resistant, higher quality laminate that is more suitable for kitchen tops and cabinet doors. In recent years laminates with the initials CHPL (Continuous High Pressure Laminate) have become popular, as this is a hybrid coming between the two main types.
Laminate is mainly used for the production of kitchen tops and cabinet doors. However, there is a growing tendency to use it for boiserie back panels featured in compositions.
For laminate kitchen units, the doors are made of wood particle board panels covered with laminate sheets of different thicknesses according to needs. Gentili Cucine provides a choice of 24 doors of different thicknesses, materials and finishes and featuring two different types of grip profiles, or handles, all of which can be put together in combinations.
Gentili Cucine provides 15 decorative finishes for its range of 24 cabinet doors, in ordinary or layered laminate, and produces attractive kitchen tops and counters that match the finishes on the doors to create unique, beautifully coordinated projects.
Laminates are among the most popular materials for kitchen tops. Considering how kitchen tops are used, the only choice is a HPL layered laminate, which is more resistant and functional than traditional laminates (CPL). For its kitchen tops, Gentili Cucine provides 15 different finishes in layered laminate, and uses the same decorative finishes for cabinet doors in ordinary laminate.
A soft cloth and mild liquid detergent are all that’s needed to clean a laminate surface. To extend the useful life of the finish, it’s a good idea to rinse the top with a damp cloth and then dry it. Never use abrasive sponges or scrubbing pads, washing powder, aggressive chemicals or products based on thinners or solvents. In the event of stubborn stains, such as, for example, paint or ink, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Laminates come in a wide range of colours and finishes, which can be plain, glossy or matt, or reproduce the effect of materials such as marble, stone or wood with different finishes. The most popular laminates include: