Did you ever buy a Cashmere scarf from some high end tourist emporia worth Rs 36,500 and realized after reaching home that there is a tag glued? I dint know back then that nothing can be glued to a pure cashmere. After that experience, I did a thorough research on how to identify a pure cashmere. Now I know how to differentiate between a pure and a fake cashmere.
But how do you know that you have not been deceived on your next buy? How do you know that the money that you spent on your next buy is totally worth it? There are so many other things that looks original and it feels that it’s a quality product, but only when you start using it you realize it isn’t.
When it’s a piece of clothing or electronics or artifacts it’s alright cause it’s a matter of few thousands. But imagine doing your kitchen which cost you a fortune just to realize later on that the material used was not good.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Before you do your kitchen I strongly recommend that you understand what is the best material for modular kitchen.
Actually most of the surfaces are waterproof e.g. Laminate, acrylic, glass, lacquer etc. and the edge bandings are usually made with a material known as ABS (that’s a finest quality of plastic in a layman’s term). The only way water or moisture can penetrate inside is through the edges. So, ensure you pick a material which has been banded with an automated machine, the edges are bull nosed, and preferably PUR glue edge banding technology has been used.
The material used inside is a secondary precaution when it comes to water and moisture related concerns. What determines the quality of the board is the density of board. And for that you need to check what is the core material that has been used and how densely the boards are packed.
Types of Boards
Usually two kind of boards are widely considered while deciding which material to be used during the construction of cabinets: Plywood and Particleboard.
Plywood is made by gluing together several layers of veneer wood and then for stability the wood grains are altered. Particleboard on the other hand is made of small particles of wood glued and compressed together. Each material has its own upsides and downsides.
Plywood is generally considered to be the best material when it comes to making a modular furniture. But that’s an expensive and non-environment friendly selection. Do you know you have to cut 4 to 5 trees to make one decent size kitchen? Hence, lot of environment conscious people refrain from using ply. Europe has officially banned the use and manufacturing of ply due to their afforestation programs.
Apart from this, plywood also warps due to change in temperature and humidity. Hence, ply is not a good option for people who experiences temperature fluctuations or the relative humidity is more.
Particle board on the other hand is made by heat pressing wood chips, sawmill shaving and resin together. These particle boards are treated with an anti-bacterial solution and Urea-formaldehyde resins are also used to make the boards water resistant. Particle boards are extremely environment friendly and offers greater dimensional stability, that is to say it doesn’t warp due to temperature fluctuations or any other climatic changes. The cost of particle boards is generally lesser than the plywood. And most of the times the density of particle board is equal or higher than the regular plywood boards available in the market.
Particle board quality depends largely on the core material used and the process of board making. Some variant of particle boards is made up of sugar-cane residual, rice husk and resin. These boards are mostly used for short term work assignments like packing of goods, creating event set ups etc.
However, European particle boards are made from real wood particles, hence, the density is higher and its more durable. Sandwich construction process is used prior to pressing. So, the smaller the wood particles are the better denser, and quality board you get!
Another material commonly used mostly known as MDF or Medium Density which is made up of engineered wood composite and is counterpart of particle board. The difference is that instead of using wood particles, wood powder is used while making MDF boards. The high temperature at which MDF boards are pressed leaves behind no voids in MDF. However, you can easily find voids in a particle board.
The surface of MDF is very smooth, and you don’t have to worry about knots on the surface. The smoothness of MDF makes it a great surface choice for lacquer. Hence, its widely used for lacquer finished surfaces.
When it’s a lacquered shutter MDF should be the only option as its absolutely smooth and has a flatbed for seamless lacquering process.
For carcass and any other finishes, particle board is superior to plywood board in many ways and environment friendly option. A very important thing to be included in your checklist while finalizing the material for your modular kitchen is to ensure that you use is E1 grade boards, as lot of E2 and E3 boards are available in the market which is carcinogenic. You can check our blog MDF Vs Particle Board to which one is better for you kitchen.
So which board would you pick for your kitchen?
Let us know in comments!!!!