Door Types and Finishes

To undertake a new cabinetry installation or revamp could be rather overwhelming due to the various design style and color options. Designers and installers often suggest their own preferences, and products that they are familiar with, instead of informing potential customers of ALL the options available on the market today. Herewith a broad outline of the most popular materials and possibilities.

Door Types & Terminology

Door​​ Type

Description

Materials Used in Construction​​ 

Price Range

Construction & Finishing​​ 

Application

Solid​​ Wood & Wood-Veneer​​ 

Solid Wood; Raised Panel Door​​ 

Solid Wood​​ 

High end

Solid wood frame with Solid Wood raised panel insert. Sanded, Sealed, stained if required and varnished.​​ 

All cabinets & furniture​​ 

Solid Wood; Panel door​​ 

Solid wood & ply/veneer​​ 

High end

Solid wood frame with thin flat, ply or veneered panel insert. Sanded, Sealed, stained if required and varnished.​​ 

All cabinets & furniture

Semisolid door​​ 

Solid Wood & Veneer combination​​ 

Medium to High end

Solid wood frame with veneered panel insert. Sanded, Sealed, stained if required and varnished.​​ 

All cabinets & furniture

Veneer door​​ 

Wood Veneer

Medium to High end​​ 

Veneer leaf on a substrate i.e. MDF or chipboard, edged all around with wood edging. Sanded, Sealed, stained if required and varnished.​​ 

All cabinets & furniture

Melamine & Wrap/PVC Thermo Foiled

Squareline​​ 

Melamine

Low end​​ 

Melamine with 0.4mm PVC edge all around. No finishing required​​ 

Built in cupboards and economic range furniture​​ 

Impact door​​ 

Melamine

Medium

Melamine with 1 - 3mm PVC edge all around. No finishing required

All cabinets & furniture

Wrap/Thermofoil door​​ 

Supawood/MDF covered with PVC foil usually between 0.35 an 0.5mm thick​​ 

Medium to High end

Shaped supawood/MDF covered with a PVC foil, obtainable in a huge variety of colours​​ and designs. No finishing required

All cabinets & furniture

Postform​​ Contractors​​ Door​​ 

Chipboard covered with PVC foil usually 0.18mm thick​​ 

Low Cost​​ 

Chipboard bullnosed on sides only, and edged at the top and bottom with PVC edging. No finishing required

Built in cupboards and economic range furniture​​ 

Supawood/MDF - Paint techniqued or Duco​​ 

MDF Raised Panel

Supawood/MDF

Expensive

MDF frame with MDF raised panel insert. Construction same as for solid wood; raised panel doors. Sanded & painted.​​ 

All cabinets & furniture

MDF Panel​​ 

Supawood/MDF

Medium to High end​​ 

MDF frame with thin flat 3mm to 6mm MDF panel insert. Construction same as for solid wood; panel doors. Sanded & painted.​​ 

All cabinets & furniture

MDF​​ Routed

Supawood/MDF

Medium​​ to High

MDF with a pattern routed on the face. Variety of​​ designs​​ available​​ on the face and edges. Sanded & painted.​​ 

All cabinets & furniture

 

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