Factory laminated board is available in various textured and matt finishes, as
well as now being available in Silk and Gloss finishes.
While the lower cost of using Laminate Doors has a distinct advantage, there
are however three downsides with this material, where the first is that you
can't have additional molded decorative detail to the edges or the face. The
second is that these edge strips (especially the thicker ABS) leaves a clearly
visable edge and Joint line around each panel and thirdly the join between
the Laminate board and the Edgestrip is vulnerable to water penetration and
so are susceptible to water damage over time; especially around
dishwashers, kitchen sinks and wet areas like the Laundry, Bathrooms or Outdoors.
Here at Compass Kitchens we only use face boards that have either a Medium Density Fibreboard core (MDF) or
High Density Fibreboard Core (HDF) as opposed to the cheaper chipboard / Particleboard core Laminate panels
We also only ever use the MDF and HDF types that are also Highly Moisture Resistant (HMR), whereby providing
more protection and a longer-life with assured optimum performance in this type of Laminate material.