Acrylic for most people means glossy laminates. That looks similar to laminates but is more expensive. But no one is familiar with its specification and features.
Why does it stand out in the kitchen?
What makes it look so shiny and elegant?
Let’s know more about it in detail. What are the different types of acrylic available for interior design? Is glossy the real reason for using acrylic?
In this blog, we have tried to break the misconceptions people generally have towards acrylic and its uses in kitchen designs.
Acrylic Kitchen Shutters
What is Acrylic Made of?
Acrylic is plastic made from one or more derivatives of acrylic acid. It resembles glass but provides better insulation and is less brittle.
The primary reason why acrylic has become famous is not that it is not for the interiors. It is because they can be a good substitute for glass in some applications.
Applications like windows of the aeroplane are made out of stretched acrylic.
Acrylic is harder to break. Compared to glass.
Those are the primary reasons why acrylic has become the talk of the town. And those acrylics are transparent. Plexiglass
In simple terms: Acrylic is a non-toxic finish that gives a perfectly smooth texture and a high-gloss appearance to kitchen cabinets. It is a unicore finish that offers similar design patterns throughout the surface and the core. Because of which mirror-like appearance and reflective properties are higher in acrylic shutter/cabinets.
This high-quality synthetic material comes with a perfect mirror-like finish that’s shatter-resistant, and also does not chip or crack easily. Available in a wide range of colors, this finish gives a resplendent appearance to your cooking space.
Mirror-like sheen keeps your kitchen looking more spacious.
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How are Acrylic Kitchen Shutters and Cabinets Made?
Extruded acrylic is a type of acrylic made when the heated liquid polymer is fed, or extruded, through a series of rollers that add texture and gauge until it forms into a sheet. It is just glossier. Which is mainly made available at local carpenter shops.
The reason why Acrylic should be used in your kitchen is not entirely glossy. Don’t choose those thin acrylic sheets. They are just a higher version of the laminate.
2) Cell Casting Acrylic:
The acrylic board comes in both continuous cast acrylic as well as cast acrylic. Due to its strength, versatility, clarity and weatherability, this board is used in furniture also. It is believed that acrylic products are better than glass and other stuff.
Factory Made: MDF/HDHMR and pour acrylic on top of it. It solidifies and they give it as it is in 18mm boards.
Added advantages of cell casting acrylic method – Weather resistant and retain colour, Scratch resistant, high gloss, factory finish. Impact-resistant and highly transparent.
At woodkraft we have do Acrylic Kitchen Shutters
- High Gloss – Acrylic Shutter.
- Back Layer – Pre Laminated
- Core Material 18mm HDHMR / PLYWOOD –
- Thickness: 1.5 MM, 3MM OPTICAL GRADE ACRYLIC SHEET.
- Super Gloss Acrylic Shutter:
Gives a contemporary look.
- Perfectly Matched Edge band:
HOMAG Edge Banding Machines give a perfect finish apply PUR adhesives on acrylic panels to make it waterproof for strong bonding.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Acrylic.
Acrylic kitchen cabinets are primarily of two types –
- Solid Acrylic Doors
- Acrylic Faced Doors.
The former is priced higher as it is made of acrylic all the way through, meaning these doors have a richer and more even color appearance. Acrylic-faced doors are a less expensive alternative. Consequently, the process of applying this acrylic finish to kitchen doors is an elaborate one with sheets of the finish being pasted on an MDF border or HDHMR board. The sheets are then covered with a protective layer and sealed at the edges.
Advantage of Acrylic Laminates:
1: Aesthetics: Gives the kitchen a high glossy, elegant appearance when compared to a laminate or membrane finish. Also offers brilliant color shades. Long-lasting finish and gloss.
2: Durability: Handle wear and tear due to its hard-wearing nature. Water-resistance properties, UV light, and scratch-resistant nature.
3: Variety: Available in a wide range of colors and finishes.
4: Longevity: Retains glossiness, long lasting finish a considerable number of years
5: Easy cleaning: This can be easily cleaned with a soft cotton cloth, mild soap, and water. Don’t wipe it harder with a wet cloth and don’t use any detergent.
Disadvantages of Acrylic:
Regular care is needed: As the finish is high gloss and mirror-reflective it is prone and due to daily chores happening over the surface it is prone to fingerprints and stains. But it is still manageable if utmost care is taken with regular cleaning.
Wipe it with soft cotton cloth, mild soap and water.
After seven eight years if you feel like it’s there are scratches, wear and tear happening. You can call us and get it buffed (back to its original and new-looking form)
Considered a premium finish, however, the acrylic finish is more expensive when compared to laminate finishes.
3: Difficulties in replacing: Shading differences might occur when replacing kitchen cabinet doors of the same hue after years of use.
Thickness availability – 0.8mm, 1mm, 2mm, 3.5mm.
Panel Size – 8*4
Why choose Acrylic over Laminate?
Both product finishes are best at their place. It’s up to your preferences and requirements. Make your thoughts clear on whether you want to save money or need a premium quality kitchen that looks elegant and appealing no matter what the cost might be.
Considering the idea of choosing high-gloss laminate finishes instead of acrylic ones? Remember that the laminate finish will never be as glossy and reflective like acrylic. There will be zero bubble finish, long lasting colour shades. Moreover, it will not chip or fade away with time, keeping your kitchen looking its best for years.
If you want to know more about acrylic and laminate finishes before making an informed choice, keep an eye on this space, we will cover a differentiation post in the upcoming week.
The primary reason why acrylic has become famous is not because it is not for the interiors. It’s because they can be a good substitute for glass in some applications.
Applications like windows of aeroplane
Acrylic is harder and more difficult to break. Compared to glass.
Those are the primary reasons why Acrylic has become the talk of the town.
The reason why Acrylic should be used in your kitchen is not entirely glossy. Don’t go for those acrylic thin sheets. Those are just a higher version of the laminate you can say. Which doesn’t justify the cost basically. Always choose factory finish products that will never cause pain in your pocket.
Should your customer buy a laminate or a veneer material? check our guide