Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Panval melamine makes a cost-effective kitchen remodelby Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Looking for new kitchen cabinet doors that don't break your budget? Keep in mind that "cheap" doesn't have to mean "cheaply made." Doors made of melamine can look great in your kitchen and might be the answer that keeps your financial bottom line happy.
What is panval melamine?
Melamine starts as an organic compound made of wood particles, paper, resins and glues. When it is combined with formaldehyde, it turns into a useful resin. The material is known as a thermoset plastic, since it is molded while warm and sets into a rigid shape when cooled.
The plastic can be molded in the factory to fit almost any shape, which makes it a great material for kitchen cabinets that look like wood-grain or other popular materials. However, the plastic look-alikes made of panval melamine are available at a fraction of the cost.
Advantages and disadvantages
As with every cabinet material, there are pros and cons to using melamine. The advantages include:
Disadvantages of using melamine for cabinet doors include:
Though Uniboard is the most popular manufacturer of panval melamine cabinets, there are several other companies that sell the product. A good warranty can help ensure you get a high-quality product.