Choosing the right unit is equally important as the framework of the storage unit. The finish protects and provides determination of the cabinet carcass life. This is the main reason why homeowners love membranes over several other finishes if you are in the process of renovating your modular kitchen or getting a modular wardrobe.
The term membrane finish might ring a bell. This is labelled as an economical yet durable finish. As compared to laminate it is a better option, but still short of the finesse that acrylic offers. Take a look at some of the reasons why membrane is a better laminate than PU and why it can be the best option for your modular storage.
What is Membrane?
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) foil is a membrane that is available in matte, glossy as well as wooden finishes, wrapped under high pressure around medium-density fibreboard.
How is it Different from Laminate?
Flat paper is pasted together to give the laminate finish. However, the membrane is a foil. In the case of the membrane, you will not have to worry about edge banding. The edge banding technique is used on the laminate to provide a smooth edge that otherwise would be sharp.
They aren’t glued to the wooden surface, unlike laminate.
What about a comparison between PU Finish and PU Finish for Modular Kitchen and Wardrobes?
Due to its price point and durability, membrane finish is a popular option. For its luxurious look and feel PU finish should be considered. PU paints stand for Polyurethane paint. Polyurethane paint is a highly durable acrylic paint that is easy to apply. This glossy paint has a royal finish and is applied over the MDF board. Making it perfect for modular kitchen, too, it is resistant to heat, chemicals, and water. It is scratch-resistant making it long-lasting.
But, the price-point is the drawback for this finish. Designers recommend PU paint due to its durability and flawless finish, especially for high-end, luxury projects. Hence, if you are budget-constrained and are on the look for something glossy, an economical choice is none other than membrane.
Pros and Cons of Membrane Finish for Modular Kitchen and Wardrobe
Here are some positives and negatives of membrane for a better understanding:
Pros of the Membrane Finish
- Water and weather resistant – Ideal for kitchens.
- Greater shelf life as compared to laminate and it is durable.
- It is available in glossy and matte finish. Easy cleaning with a moist cloth and mild detergent.
- It is easily wrapped around the sides so no edge banding is required.
Cons of the Membrane Finish
- Excess sunlight exposure can cause discoloration.
- Regular cleaning and maintenance is required
- The membrane can peel with rough usage and over time.
- Scratches can be caused due to use of abrasive cleaners or steel scrubbers.
Why is Membrane a Go-To Option?
Due to its rich look which sits well in traditional and contemporary homes, most homeowners go for a membrane finish. As compared to acrylic finish it is economical. This finish gives a natural feel and a consistent look.
What’s New in Membrane Finish?
To offer our customers access to 30 membrane finishes. Based on customer surveys and international trends, our team of experienced designers has hand-picked these finishes. To give your modular kitchen and wardrobes a different look of global standard, you are having a great chance.