Guide to choosing materials in the kitchen, how and what to choose for the kitchen renovation. The definition of the kitchen itself is the heart of the home: this is why it must first of all be welcoming, but also practical and functional and also possess aesthetic characteristics that meet our tastes. The moment we decide to buy a new kitchen we realize that they are there two main materials: lacquered and laminated. When it comes to choosing a new kitchen, we often let ourselves be influenced by the aesthetics and the final price, neglecting to consider the material or finish that we are going to choose.
The first thing to do is therefore a careful consideration of the qualities and defects of the materials that will make up our new kitchen, be careful for example that the cabinet has greater resistance or even a different duration over time, as well as requiring precise maintenance. The modern kitchens, the glossy ones to be clear, are often lacquered and laminated, two materials that do not have such an obvious difference from an aesthetic point of view, but differ greatly in their intrinsic characteristics.
Guide to the choice of materials in the kitchen: better laminated or lacquered? How to choose the best solution for your needs
Il laminate it is a coating consisting of sheets impregnated with phenolic resins, usually applied to wooden panels. The most common kind of laminate isHPL “High pressure laminate”, which takes its name from its constitution, as the sheets are put together by a strong pressure combined with heat. The thicknesses of the laminate (intended as panel covering) vary from 0,6 to 1,2 mm.
Why choose laminate?
Simple, iLaminate is a hygienic, waterproof and very resistant material, which makes it perfect for an environment like the kitchen, plus there are unlimited opportunities for finishes and nuances on the market. The laminate is also present in both matt and glossy versions, but also embossed. Another feature that makes laminate one of the most used materials is the fact that it is cheap and allows you to perfectly imitate wood. In addition, laminate is resistant to water, heat and steam in the kitchen. But how much it costs to restructureand with this solution? On the internet we can find different suppliers and request a online quote.
What to use for cleaning the laminate kitchen?
For sanitize the laminate just with a soft cloth, preferably in microfibre, combined with a detergent product. For more resistant stains, you can use sponges and liquid detergents or neutral detergents, but if the limestone stains are to annoy our laminate top, a sponge with warm water or vinegar will suffice.
even the lacquered is proposed on the market in an infinite number of variants and colors; unlike the laminate it does not have a wood effect version, but there is an open pore lacquer which has the characteristic of letting the veins of the panel be seen. The lacquering is made with polyurethane paints generally on wood fiber supports and can be opaque, glossy or metallized.
If you choose to buy a lacquered kitchen, it's good to know that the lacquer is a slightly more delicate material than the laminate one and may undergo some chromatic changes over the years. For this reason, the best brands in the kitchen sector use paints with excellent resistance to light and create multi-layer lacquers.
How to clean a lacquered kitchen?
Even the lacquer is easily cleaned with non-abrasive detergents using a soft or microfibre cloth.
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