In the past, furniture was made from solid wood, but today we use new-generation materials instead, and melamine is one of the most popular. It is comprised of a wood particle panel that acts as a support, together with a veneer made from decorative paper impregnated with melamine resin. The result is a melamine panel that is extremely versatile and that offers numerous benefits.
Long life, excellent surface hardness and resistance to abrasion together with resistance to moisture - these are the properties that make it such a good material for building kitchens.
Melamine is a low-cost material that offers an infinite range of colours, tones and textures, some of which perfectly imitate other materials, including wood.
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Laminate belongs to the melamine family; let’s find out more about it. These are coating materials created by the hot lamination of several layers of paper impregnated with thermosetting resins. The surface layer is decorative, whilst the interior layers provide properties that make the material rigid and resistant to various types of attack. Laminate is generally used for horizontal surfaces and is more than 0.5 millimetres in thickness. It is used to coat wood particle panels and the result is amazing: laminate can mimic the look of any material, creating a veneer on the raw material.
Two-sided melamine is made from a wooden panel coated on both sides with a decorative melamine coating. It is used for vertical surfaces and is perfect for kitchen cabinet doors. It differs from laminate in terms of thickness: it is less than 0.5 millimetres thick. Snaidero offers its customers various alternatives: if you want to achieve a very realistic wood effect, we recommend two-sided melamine doors. Oak, eucalyptus and elm are just a few of the options available that can give your kitchen a refined and luxurious feel. If however you’d prefer a lacquer finish, look no further than the laser-edged two-sided melamine. You can have either a glossy or matt finish, with the guarantee of an impeccable look, with no interruptions. The laser technology that characterises these doors eliminates any aesthetic defects created by glue residues. At the same time, it offers long life, preventing the build-up of dirt and water penetration into cracks.
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PROS AND CONS
- Melamine is highly resistant to impact, scratches and abrasion. This is why it is recommended not only for wall units and doors, but also for kitchen worktops.
- It is not an expensive material, allowing you to significantly reduce the cost of your kitchen, without having to compromise on looks.
- The surfaces are extremely easy to clean and are also hygienic, melamine is particularly well-suited for contact with food.
- Melamine has limited resistance to heat so you need to be careful not to place hot pots and pans directly on its surface without an insulating material between them.
- Despite its attractive appearance, melamine is an artificial substance. Those that are attached to the warmth that only a natural material can provide won’t like the end result.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
For everyday maintenance, we recommend a soft cloth combined with a neutral detergent, or simply a microfibre cloth. In the event of more stubborn dirt, use a soft sponge or brush combined with a neutral detergent. Avoid the use of steel scouring pads, abrasive products and powdered detergents as they could damage the surface.
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