Veneer or laminate - which door finish to choose?
The appearance and construction of a door is of great importance to interior design - the right doors can emphasize its character and create a space in which we feel at ease. When choosing interior doors for a house, it is worth considering the technique in which they were finished. Veneered or laminated - what is the difference between these two types of doors and which one is better to choose?
Solid wood doors have been a success in our homes for many years. Currently, their place is increasingly taken by models covered with veneer - natural or synthetic. Doors made using these techniques are durable and aesthetically pleasing, and the abundance of designs and colors available allows you to choose a finish that will suit your backdrop or foreground decoration.
What is the difference between veneered and laminated doors and which one is better to choose?
What are veneered and veneered doors?
Veneer is a thin sheet of natural wood, which is obtained by cutting the outer layer of a log (so-called mechanical processing). The narrow pieces are joined together in the order in which they were cut from the tree trunk. This allows you to perfectly reproduce the structure of the wood and its texture, and at the same time obtain a unique effect.
Due to the later use, veneer is divided into veneer and veneer. The first type is used as a natural kind of door trim. The thickness of its panels varies from 0.1 to 1 mm, but most often no more than 0.5 mm. The veneer is made from large-diameter round wood, pre-selected for wood quality. As a result, they have fewer defects than solid wood. Veneered doors are also cheaper to manufacture than fully wooden doors, but they look very similar to them in appearance.
The most common types of wood used for the production of veneered doors are oak, beech, walnut, ash and mahogany. However, in addition to natural veneers, modified veneers are also available on the market. It is obtained from exotic, fast-growing trees grown on African plantations. How is it done? First, all defects (such as holes and discoloration) are removed from the sawn wood. Then they are painted and put into special blocks, giving them a suitable pattern during the gluing and pressing process. The blocks obtained in this way are positioned accordingly and re-cut into separate sheets.The modified veneer created in this way has the advantage over natural veneer in that it guarantees a perfect consistent shade and texture repeatability.
Where will veneer doors work?
Veneered doors will be deceptively similar to traditional solid wood doors. So, if our budget for home design does not include buying more expensive wood doors, we can confidently choose this type of natural veneer. We can use them wherever we want to emphasize the natural structure of the tree and its characteristic features in the form of rings.
Veneered doors are especially good for classic arrangements. Among the muted shades of beige, white and brown, for example, there are the elegant Pol-skone Intersolid doors . A dark shade with a touch of walnut and milled decorations emphasize the traditional character of the interior. But this is not their only advantage. Veneered doors are made of environmentally friendly materials, so we can safely choose them not only for the bedroom, but also for children. In addition, the natural veneer door allows air to pass through the micropores and creates a favorable microclimate in our four corners.
If we decide to invest in veneered doors, remember that they are very sensitive to certain chemicals and detergents. Therefore, do not use products designed for wood or laminated furniture, or alcohol-based products to clean them - they can make the surface of the veneer door matte and lose its charm. It is best to use a slightly damp cloth to clean them.
Laminated doors, i.e. practical and synthetic veneer.
However, synthetics do not mean worse. The door veneers used today are delightful in their richness of colors and patterns, so we can easily adapt them to the look of our interiors. Another great advantage of modern coatings is that they reflect the structure and color of the wood very well. Thanks to this, we can enjoy the natural look of doors without having to buy wooden doors.
A door veneer is nothing more than a layer of cellulose fibers held together by resin. The material is placed on the door leaf - it can also be enriched with additional protective layers. Among the synthetic veneers used on interior doors, we distinguish two main types: CPL and HPL.
CPL laminate is a thin layer consisting of several layers of hot-pressed paper impregnated with special adhesives and covered with a layer of wear-resistant melamine resin varnish. It is distinguished by exceptional resistance to mechanical damage and ultraviolet radiation.
In turn, HPL (high pressure laminate) is one of the most resistant to mechanical damage materials. It is produced in the process of pressing several or several layers of impregnated paper, carried out under high pressure and very high temperature. Resistant to abrasion and high exploitation, HPL is best suited for door cladding in public spaces such as hotels, schools or offices.
When should you choose laminated doors?
Laminated doors can be successfully used in apartments with small children. They are relatively lightweight and very resistant to mechanical damage. It will be much more difficult for our babies to scratch them. However, if this happens, we can easily get rid of any damage - all we need to do is get special waxes and crayons to hide the pimple.
In the children's kingdom, for example, Modus doors are finished with DRE-CELL foil.
Made from natural raw materials, this eco-friendly and wood-imitating product will successfully maintain its impeccable appearance for many years. Its exceptional flexibility prevents cracking and scratching even when struck by a heavy object.
The surface of the laminated door is also highly moisture resistant. For this reason, we can confidently use them in areas subject to contact with water, such as kitchens or bathrooms. SMART doors will find their place there . They are not only functional, thanks to the possibility of installing additional accessories, but also very durable. They are covered with a film of oak shades and have increased wear resistance and moisture resistance. So it will also be a good choice for people who share their four corners with a pet - dog or cat.
Synthetic veneer is also an alternative to more expensive wood doors. We can choose a really huge range of colors that perfectly mimics this natural material. When choosing a Nordia door , we can choose veneer with a maple, walnut, oak or pine look.