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Types of kitchen utility materials

Kitchen Decor May 31,2018

Between prepping lunch boxes, whipping up snacks and making suppers, one tends to forget just how much time we spend in our beloved kitchens. A kitchen is truly where all the magic happens, and just like you, your kitchen needs a makeover every once in a while too.

As you can imagine, kitchen decor ideas can be confusing as you may not know where to begin. So it’s best to chart out what you’d like to change and how much you’d like to invest while at it, it’s essential to know exactly where to start, and how much to change, as one may run the risk of undermining the job or overdoing the décor which could be overwhelming.

Ask yourself what are your functional needs from your kitchen, what’s missing, and what you’d like add or remove? Once you have an answer to those questions you can let your creativity run wild.

For home cooks, experimentalists, party hosts, or just a huge family, the kitchen plays an integral role- a place where both form and function are of the utmost importance.

Countertops

Replacing a scratched, scorched, stained, or just plain unattractive countertop can transform any kitchen. Happily, there are lots of options in a wide range of prices.

1. Quartz

Pros: It add the class and elegant look of stone yet needs less maintenance. Hot pots, serrated knives, abrasive pads, and most stains are no match for quartz, which is a combination of mineral, colour, and resin. It comes in vibrant colours in addition to patterns that look like granite and marble.
Cons: Edges and corners can chip over time.

2. Granite

Pros:Each slab of this natural material is unique with rare colors and patterns available. Heat, cuts, and scratches don’t harm granite. Polished and matte finishes resist most stains when properly sealed, so pick the look you prefer.
Cons: Periodic resealing is needed to fend off stains. Like quartz, edges and corners can chip over time.

3. Soapstone, Limestone, and Marble

Pros: Soapstone isn’t as common as granite, and it’s superb at resisting heat damage. Small scratches can be repaired by sanding finely and applying mineral oil. Limestone and marble are classic materials. Limestone also has a natural-stone look without heavy veining or graining, and it resists heat.
Cons: Soapstone nicks, cuts, and scratches easily, and some stains are too tough to be washed away. Limestone and marble also have those drawbacks, and heat damaged our marble.

cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are mainly built from wood and wood-based materials:

1. Hardwood

Solid hardwood is a natural product from trees. Each piece of wood is unique in its color, texture, and grain patterns, which include mineral streaks and knots. These natural variations add to hardwood’s distinctive appeal and beauty. Hardwood is durable, resilient, and easy to repair. Scratches, dents, stains, or water marks may be sanded and refinished, further increasing its lifespan compared to veneers or laminates.

2. Plywood

Plywood is made by layering wood at alternating right angles, and binding them together with glue, heat and pressure. Rigid and stable, plywood has the highest strength-to-weight ratio compared to solid wood, MDF, or particleboard.

3. Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)

Medium-density fibreboard is attractive to consumers as a less expensive alternative to plywood. It is a composite material made from recycled fibre, resin, and wax pressed together under high pressure. Medium-density fibreboard can offer good strength, and have long-lasting durability with MDF cabinets. It resists expansion from temperature changes and has a smooth surface, which makes MDF a good choice for painted surfaces.

4. Particleboard

Particleboard, also known as low-density fibreboard (LDF) and chipboard, is an engineered wood product made by pressing together recycled wood products such as wood chips and sawmill shavings and forming them into sheets. It is usually finished with a layer of laminate, or a wood veneer to improve its appearance. Particleboard is inexpensive, but not very durable and can be used for temporary installations.

5. Wood Veneer

Wood veneer is a thin layer of solid hardwood peeled from a log in a process much like peeling an apple. Wood veneers are usually less than 2mm thick and are typically glued and pressed to particleboard or MDF to produce flat panels. Unlike the materials above, hardwood veneer should be understood as a finish material, comparable to laminate or thermofoil.

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