What is Melamine?
Melamine is a material found all over the home. Melamine has a compressed wood particle core, then covered with a resin and paper finish that can be manufactured to embody a variety of styles and colors. Melamine is a synthetic material; used to produce cabinetry in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas throughout the home. In this blog post, we will share some important facts about this material, so that you are better informed on the best ways to use this type of product.
• Melamine is a durable material
The Melamine has a tough coating on top of the wood because it’s created by applying a resin to the exterior of compressed wood particles.
• Melamine can be sculpted into any design
This type of material can be made into almost any finish or color you can imagine
• Melamine has a risk of chipping
Although the outside resin coating is durable, it can be prone to chipping.
• Melamine can be more of a challenge to install and increase your labor cost
Because of the nature of their construction, melamine cabinets might not pair well with nails and screws. If used improperly, nails and screws can cause the melamine to splinter.
• Melamine is prone to water damage
Any wooden material is likely to water damage, but if the wood particle core of the cabinets gets saturated with water, it can compromise their structural integrity. Water will severely damage the material if it splinters chips or cracks. Melamine quickly absorbs water immensely, unlike any other solid wood material.
Making your decision …
If you are in the process of researching new cabinets for your upcoming kitchen or bath renovation, consider the information above. As with any other material, there will be positives and negatives, but remember to keep your budget, product quality, and preferences in mind.
If you have any additional questions in regards to this topic, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected], call our showroom at 212-242-3400 or better yet see our 5,000 sq ft showroom in the flat iron district, 8 W 25th St, New York, NY 10010. We have an expert on staff who is willing to inform you about what you need to know when moving forward in renovating your Manhattan apartment.