Which are the differences between a Laminate or Melamine kitchen?

Which are the differences between a Laminate or Melamine kitchen?

With a par excellence sturdiness and practical to clean, laminate surfaces are made of sheets impregnated with phenolic resin or thermosetting melamine up to a thickness of 6 or 7 tenths of a mm, compressed onto wood fibre panel.
The thickness of the impregnated sheets determines the hardness and resistance levels to impact, scratches and general wear: the thicker it is, the more resistant the surface will be.
The straight edges of the laminated surfaces are ABS glued with polyurethane glue, to guarantee durability and resistance to steam, water and direct heat.

It is also possible to use laminate for kitchen worktops.

The Dibiesse range features kitchen doors and worktops in the same colours, allowing for totally single colour design kitchens with absolute style uniformity.

Laminate should not to be confused with melamine surfaces, which are finishes achieved by applying decorative paper sheets impregnated with melamine resins directly on to wood fibre panels. Thinner than laminate, they give more textured surfaces.

Indeed, a characteristic of melamine doors is the ability to faithfully reproduce the grain and colours of wood, giving a wide choice of aesthetic solutions at very interesting prices.

To reproduce wood grain, special presses are used with engraved drawings to be transferred to the panels. These rollers are aligned with the print that reproduces the wood grain and knots, made with special paints.


It appears to be real wood with the shadows created by the light reflected from the impression and feels like it too.
Melamine door edges are also straight and made from ABS applied with polyurethane glue, for greater resistance to contact with water, steam and heat.
It is not advisable to use melamine finish for kitchen worktops because the layer of resin-impregnated sheets used to produce melamine surfaces is thinner than laminate and so they are less resistant to scratches and daily use.

 

Kitchen in this material

  • Spring with handles or grip profile;
  • Spring Pro,  with a rectangular handle profile on the upper or side edge of the door ;
  • Spring JOB, with a J shape profile that ‘mimics’ the grip profile effect;
  • Spring Lesmo with a curves edge that covers partially the grip profile
  • PLAY, melamine/laminate doors with two upper or side handle profiles (LAB or TIME).