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Cheaper Doors, Same Quality?

Kitchen cupboard doors can vary in cost and with most people wanting to grab a bargain, do the cheaper doors really give you good value for money? In this article, we will explain some of the key differences between the cheaper doors and the more expensive ones available.

The majority of kitchen cupboard doors are made of MFC or MDF and then edged to provide the colour of the door. Cheaper doors will be made of MFC (chipboard) which although lighter, is not as strong as MDF. The weakest part of any door are the edges and whatever material the door is made of, this is the part you need to look at to work out what you are getting for your money.

The cheaper doors will also be edged on all sides which leaves a join in the edging all around the door. This join weakens the structure of the door and can cause it to fail. Vinyl wrapped doors only have a join on the back of the door which makes them more resistant than edged doors and although the doors are more expensive they do last longer and offer a superior finish to the edged doors.

Solid wood doors are more expensive still and require regular treatment to keep them at their optimum condition. Whilst solid wood doors change in colour over time, they are generally seen as superior quality, as long as you have the time and energy to look after them.

The unseen element to all kitchen cupboard doors is the glue that is used to stick the edging to the material structure of the door. Generally speaking, the cheaper the door the cheaper the glue and therefore with cheaper doors there is a risk that when exposed to the extreme temperatures or water within a kitchen the edging may peel away from the structure of the door causing it to need to be replaced. Unfortunately, when looking in a showroom you will be unable to tell whether a high-quality glue has been used or not.

In summary, when it comes to kitchen doors there is an element of ‘you get what you pay for’. Doors that cost more will generally have a superior finish, less joins in the edging and a superior glue used for the door. The doors will then last longer and so actually to get better value for money it is better to spend a little bit more on doors that will last 10 to 20 years, rather than those that will last 5. When looking at doors, always remember that the more joins that you can see, the more risk there is of the door failing, especially when exposed to extreme temperatures or water in a kitchen. Therefore, don’t be caught out by a cheap price when browsing kitchen showrooms – it may not be quite as cheap in the long run!

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