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are melamine cabinets good quality

Melamine is a popular choice for a modern minimalistic design at an affordable cost. When buying cabinets, it’s important to understand the benefits of every type of cabinet before deciding which one you should choose. Another factor to think about is where the cabinets are being manufactured. This could potentially help with budgeting by decreasing the transportation cost.

What is Melamine?

Melamine is a laminate that is made by heat-sealing a substrate, such as pressed wood, medium density fiberboard, plywood, or similar material between paper saturated with thermally fused melamine resin or TFM. It is important to understand that melamine is not made of the same material as thermofoil and that there are distinct differences between the two. Some of these differences are due to the material melamine and thermofoil are made of. For example, melamine is made of a thinner yet harder plastic while thermofoil is made of vinyl which is thicker, softer, and more flexible. This means that melamine is better equipped for dealing with heat while thermofoil is better at dealing with moisture.
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Benefits to using Melamine

There are several benefits to using melamine such as its durability, heat resistance, uniform look, and it being a cost-effective option. Melamine is a made of a harder plastic which makes it harder to scuff and scrape. It does not expand and contract like natural wood cabinets. It has the appearance of natural wood at a lower cost. Melamine is also heat resistant and is therefore less prone to peeling near hot appliances such as stoves or microwaves. Melamine also creates a uniform look, and you don’t have to worry about any evident variations of grain like in natural wood. Depending on where you are located melamine can be a cost-effective solution due to the costs of transporting the material decreasing the closer you are to our cabinet manufacturing factory.

Quality of Melamine

At Republic Elite we make sure all our cabinets perform above the level they are supposed to. We reinforce this by testing our cabinets and making sure they are KCMA certified. This lets you know that our cabinets meet the rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute. It also gives you peace of mind that your investment will be long lasting.

Cons to Melamine

Melamine cabinetry usually weighs more than other cabinetry it is important to make sure that these cabinets are installed in a secure and proper manner. It’s good to consider what you might be storing in the cabinets and where you are placing them. Another issue that can arise is if the melamine is damage this can expose the board underneath the melamine which can absorb water and lead to the substrate expanding and even changing shape.

Final overview of Melamine

Melamine is a material that can be used to update your kitchen cabinets.

It has numerous benefits when it comes to the functionality of your cabinets and can give your units an upscale look. To see all our options of melamine, click on our products tab and browse through our cabinet section at