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Are Vinyl Doors Best In The Kitchen?

Choosing which doors are best for your kitchen can be a little daunting. Vinyl doors are a popular choice. Here are some positives and negatives to consider when making your choice:

Hardiness

Vinyl doors are hard wearing. They are less likely to chip at the edges than some laminated doors as the vinyl is rolled over the edge leaving a smooth finish.

Cleaning

Vinyl doors are easy to clean as they have a smooth, join free, finish. This does depend somewhat on the pattern pressed into your door.

Visual

Vinyl doors come in a wide variety of patterns ranging from traditional ‘country kitchen’ panelling to modern, thin line patterns.

Why wouldn’t I want vinyl?

Sunlight

If your kitchen gets a lot of direct sunlight, vinyl may not be the best option especially if you have chosen white doors.  Over a few years the vinyl can change colour if it is exposed to sunlight. This may become an issue if you add to your storage and need to colour match. A good alternative can be a lacquered finish. You can still have the moulded look of the vinyl door but with a painted finish.

Heat

Care must be taken when installing vinyl doors above your cooktop or next to your oven, especially if you have a gas hob.  Heat that escapes around your pots and pans can cause the vinyl to come away from the bottom edges of overhead doors.

What are my other options?

There are a number of great options around for cabinet doors. You can achieve a character look with lacquered doors, or a sleek modern look with gloss panels. Wood grain without the need for upkeep can be achieved with textured panel products.

 

Which Splashback is best?

Which Splashback will work best in your kitchen? While this does come down to personal preference there are a few things to consider. Here are the splashback options widely available:

Glass

Glass splashbacks are usually spray painted on the back in your choice of colour. It is now also possible to print an image onto the glass, giving a large scale mural effect. Glass gives a sleek, modern look and is easy to clean. Glass is highly reflective so it can impact placement of ceiling or under cupboard lights. The smooth finish will show water spots or splashes so it will need frequent cleaning.

Tiles

Tiles can give a good splash of colour, add texture and are versatile when it comes to the look you want to achieve. Grout can be hard to keep clean, so regular wiping will be necessary to avoid staining – especially behind your cooktop.

Pressed Tin Panels

These are made from pressed aluminium and have been featured on a few popular home renovation shows in recent years. They can add visual depth and a point of interest in a kitchen (or other room of your house). They come in modern and more traditional designs to suit your taste. This product requires a coat of metal etch prior to painting in your choice of colour. You can achieve a similar look to tiles without the numerous grout lines if you wish, although there will still be silicone joins where the panels meet.

In Summary

A splashback can be a good way to add a touch of your personality to a very important room in your house.

Our designer can provide extra insights into what will work in your home. Check out our gallery or contact us for further ideas.