There are many different finishes for the outside of cabinets, but the inside of any cabinet will always be white Melamine.
The external components of a cabinet such as the doors, etcetera, are manufactured from Supawood, with various finishes/profiles.
Supawood is a much denser compact of chipboard and is also considered an industry standard for "viewable" cabinetry. The only exception to Supawood as the base of viewable components would be if you've selected solid wood components for your cabinetry.
Below you will see a diagram labelling most of the components you may hear about while looking at new cabinetry.
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The finishes/profiles of your cabinets are mainly determined by the type of overall style you choose. Let us take a look at the main finishes available, starting with the most expensive to the least expensive. but let's first take a look at the main finishes available from the most expensive to the least expensive Please note that any pricing quoted is to be considered a rough estimate, and is subject to change(please note: any pricing quoted are considered rough estimates and subject to change):
Solid Wood Components:
Only certain components in your cabinetry will be solid wood, which is due to the nature of the wood. Due to the nature of wood, only certain components in your cabinetry will be solid wood.
You will also be limited with your choice of door profiles, which we will get to later. We recommend the ‘Rail and Stile’ profile in order to prevent warping. Solid wood is also the most expensive material on the market at around R???/m2.
Duco Spray in High Gloss:
For this finish Duco paint gets sprayed onto Supawood and polished to a high-gloss finish. Although it's expensive at around R1155.00/m2, Duco has virtually unlimited colour options.
Is simply a very thin layer of real wood that's heated and pressure laminated onto a Supawood base. Veneer will cost you around R950/m2. This finish is a great substitute for the solid wood look, without high cost.
PVC Wrap in High Gloss:
This is about 1mm layer of high gloss PVC (either wood grain or colour) that's heated and vacuum laminated onto Supawood, and it will cost you around R1129.00/m2. There is a medium selection of colours/finishes.
Duco Spray in Satin finish:
This is made exactly the same way as its high-gloss counterpart, however it's not polished to a gloss finish. This option costs around R908.00/m2
Again, this is also made the same way as its high gloss cousin, however the PVC laminated does not have a glossy finish, and the cost is also less, at around R660.00/m2.
This finish is basically a durable paper print (either wood grain or colour) that's glued onto melamine. This is the least expensive option available at roughly R360.00/m2. There is a number of colours to choose from.
Now let's look at how the finishes fit in with the different styles available.
There are 4 main styles of cabinetry namely;
The antique effect is very uniquely achieved by using only the Duco Spray in Satin finish, and using a hand-painted technique on top of it, at roughly R1000/m2. This is the most expensive style available.
The classic style can be achieved by using Duco Spray in Satin finish, Veneer or Solid Wood components. By changing your door profile, light-shield and capping/top fillers you can also adjust the style to better suit your taste.
The contemporary style can be achieved using Duco Spray in Satin or High Gloss finishes, PVC Wrap or Solid Wood components.
A modern style can be achieved by using Duco Spray in Satin or High Gloss finishes, PVC Wrap in Standard or High Gloss finish, Veneer or Melamine.
The door profile refers to the "pattern" or finish on the doors. There are quite a few to choose from; below are six examples of the most popular ones available for PVC Wrap:
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* The V-Grove profile can be horizontal or vertical.
The 'Rail & Stile' Profile as specified earlier is the only one recommended for use with Solid Wood components. The 'rails' are the horizontal panels and the 'stiles' refers to the vertical panels. These Solid wood components are then used in conjunction with a Veneer Fielded (sunken) panel in the middle. The end result looks like the Shaker profile.
Kickplates or Plinths as they' re often referred to are the narrow panels that lay horizontally between the floor and the bottom of the cabinets. The cabinets are almost never built directly onto the floor in order to protect them from moisture.
You can make use of Stainless Steel, Aluminium Resin type kickplates or alternatively; the kickplates can be made to match the rest of your cabinetry.This is normally what is done with the Bedroom BIC's. The other option, usually used or combined for Bathroom vanities is to either have floating cabinetry which doesn't require any Kickplates at all - Cabinetry is supported by wall mountings, or by using cabinet legs.
Counter tops can sometimes be the most difficult product to choose as there are so many options available and the Counter top is more often than not, also one of the components subject to the most wear and tear in any environment.
There are 5 main types of Counter tops which we'll examine in a little more detail below. Again, for convenience sake, they have been arranged from the most expensive to the least expensive:
Manufactured Stone: There are quite a few options when looking at manufactured stone. We'll only address the most popular ones below. The more expensive types (Hanstone, Caesarstone, Cimstone and Technistone) start at around R4500//m2, while the cheaper types (Corian & Montelli) start at around R3000//m2.
Hanstone, Caesarstone, Cimstone and Technistone - are all licensed brands of Breton selling the same product. Using over 90% Quartz in conjunction with high-quality polymer resins and pigments that are compacted under intense vibration, vacuum, and pressure to dense, non-porous slabs. The only