Kitchen is the most important part of a house and so it should be designed carefully. Modular kitchens are the trend now. Regardless of the wide gained popularity of Modular Kitchens, most of the people about to build a house have no idea about the best materials to be used to design the modular kitchen. The materials should be chosen not just depending on the visual attraction, but also the material should be long-lasting, water-resistant and heat resistant.
Stainless steel is the best option for a modular kitchen. It is strong, durable, and easy to clean and also remains unaffected by heat and humidity. But it should be repolished and maintained to avoid rust and scratches.
The Stainless steel kitchen does not absorb dirt compared to the wooden kitchen set up. The stainless steel modular kitchens can be maintained easily given the right care, as it has a smooth surface. This gives it smooth, sleek and shiny appearances to the kitchen making it look more sophisticated. The stainless steel modular kitchens can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Since the Steel used is rustproof and stain-resistant, The looks will be retained for a much longer period compared to the wooden modular kitchens. Termites and many other insects can be avoided since the kitchens are made of stainless steel. This drastically increases the longevity of the modular kitchens. Compared to the wooden counterpart, the stainless steel kitchen is extremely resistant to germs because of the non-porous quality of the stainless steel. The stainless steel modular kitchens are odourless and they don’t affect the flavours of the food.
Natural wood is one of the best options always as it is durable and strong. It can give an authentic look to the kitchen. But It should be careful while selecting the type of wood and should be carefully protected to resist water and heat. Teak is the best type of wood available in the market.
The textures and grains of natural wood are beautiful and the colours are deep. Wood is easy to maintain on a day-to-day basis, and you don’t have to worry about stains and spots. Wood is very strong and durable and will last a lifetime. But there is a chance that termites and other insects can damage the wood. Therefore, it’s important that the wood should be protected in advance. Moisture and humidity can affect the core of the material over time.
Marine plywood is manufactured by pasting many layers of wood together and it is readily available in many thicknesses. It has good strength due to the way it is constructed and can hold heavyweight. Because of the way it is bonded it doesn’t shrink, crack or warp. Marine plywood is less prone to damage by moisture or water making it a great fit for Indian kitchens.
It is stronger than all other engineered woods, can hold heavyweight, lighter than other boards, and therefore, a great option for hanging or wall cabinets. In total it is the finest material which could be used for the modular kitchen because of the high moisture resistance, high boiling water resistance, durability and great stability. Apart from that, it is less expensive, lightweight and highly available. While it is much cheaper than solid wood, it is more expensive than HDF or MDF. Elaborate designs with Marine plywood kitchen cabinets are difficult as the material is very dense. It is needed to ensure that the Marine plywood cabinets are coated with laminate or veneer to cover the rough edges.
Marine plywoods are of two grades, 303 and 710 grade. 303 is base quality, used for the dry areas like bedroom cupboards. 710 is perfect for kitchen cabinets and BWP [Boiled Water Proof] is the quality mark of Marine plywood. It shows the water-resistant quality of the marine plywood. Marine plywood, fibreboard and multiword are available in different thickness such as 6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm, 16 mm, 17 mm, 18 mm etc. The uses of these panels are different. For Kitchen cabinets and doors, it is better to use 16 mm – 18 mm boards and for wall side back panels 9 mm or 12 mm boards are perfect. The normal board size will be 8×4 feet (32 sq ft)
Multi Wood (PVC Fibre Board)
Multi-wood refers to a white sheet that is supposed to be made of a “U” Pvc polyester resin. It is a completely recyclable wood that is great to look and environment-friendly as well. It is an effective and great substitute for wood that can be used even in moisture-prone areas without worry. Multi-wood of different types is offered by the dealers of multi-wood.
When multi wood is used in the making of kitchen cabinets and doors it would enliven the space as though magic was cast. The good thing about it is that the magic would last a lifetime because the quality of multi-wood is so good that you do not need to worry about its maintenance or durability on any account.
The natural and elegant appearance of multi wood adds a touch of grandeur and sophistication to any space where it is used. The features of the sheet that makes it adaptable to a number of operations such as drilling, screwing, carving, painting, moulding which are essential to put the sheets to functional use. This makes it a versatile material suitable for versatile purposes. This makes it an interior designer favourite. It can be used indoors as well as in the exterior of the building, it is also capable of providing thermal and noise insulation It is waterproof and can be cleaned easily with soap. It is termite and bore as well as stain-resistant. It exhibits high impact resistance and resistance to chemicals as well. It is environment-friendly, 100% recyclable and safe for use by the carpenter.
Though there aren’t many, multi-wood disadvantages include the tendency to warp when it is painted and kept under the hot sun. but, since you have digitally printed multi-wood, the need to pain might not actually arise.
Fibreboard (HDF, MDF)
High Density and Medium Density Fibreboards, commonly known as HDF and MDF are one of the suitable options for Modular Kitchen. HDF and MDF are made with wood particles bonded together with hot glue. These boards would commonly be used for kitchen cabinets. But fire boards are less durable and offer less strength than plywood. But as the board is very smooth, it can be finished neatly and painted to give a great appearance. Both HDF and MDF have a very smooth surface (easier to paint!), and can be easily cut for designs. They cost about 20% less than regular plywood and, hence, are a more economical choice. Both are sustainable options as they’re made from fragments of wood leftover from projects or otherwise.
Since they’re denser than plywood, they’re heavier to work with and they’re not as strong as plywood. HDF and MDF are not resistant to water or moisture and, hence, aren’t suitable for areas near the sink. Both the materials don’t hold screws well as they’re made of small grains and particles.
ACP (Aluminium Composite Panel)
Aluminium Composite Panel is one of the popular material choices for kitchen cabinets thanks to all the advantages it offers. In fact, aluminium kitchen cabinets simply outstand traditional wood or fiberboard kitchen cabinets in a variety of ways.
As Aluminium Composite Panel is a very stable metal, it basically does not react with any spillage of mild acidic liquid including vinegar and ketchup. Kitchen cabinet made of Aluminium Composite Panel is definitely durable, safe, hygienic, termite-free, waterproof and anti-rust. Not forgetting to mention that aluminium kitchen cabinets also come with sleek finishing that hardly found in other types of kitchen cabinets. The secret to longer-lasting aluminium kitchen cabinets lies within the thickness and structure of carcasses. Thick Aluminium Composite Panel carcass provides better support and does not bend or de-shaped easily. Cleanliness of aluminium kitchen cabinets can simply be maintained by wiping off dirt, dust and grease with a damp cloth. Due to ease of cleaning and maintenance, Aluminium Composite Panel kitchen cabinets fit in perfectly to the hectic lifestyle of working homeowners.
As the Aluminium Composite Panel is light-weight and soft, it may be prone to indentation. To overcome this natural weakness of Aluminium Composite Panel, thicker aluminium panels with special designed backing structures can be used. Most people find the metallic look of Aluminium Composite Panel kitchen cabinets are limited to only modern and contemporary designs.
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