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Advantages of Acrylics for Kitchen Cabinetry

Modern plastics can do wonders for your kitchen. For example, you can use plastic and acrylic for your kitchen cabinets. Acrylic kitchen cabinets have many benefits, and you can use them to create a unique appearance in your kitchen. Read on to learn more about acrylic kitchen cabinets and their uses.

Acrylic Kitchen Cabinet Construction

Acrylic kitchen cabinets generally have two different construction types. Here is an explanation of each type.

Solid Acrylic

These cabinets have a solid acrylic core. That is, they are acrylic all the way through. The exterior of the cabinets often has a rich color and smooth glossy finish. You can usually have these custom-made to your specific tastes.

Acrylic Finish

An acrylic finish is when the cabinetmaker lays a sheet of acrylic over another material like wood or medium density fiberboard. The ultimate appearance is similar to solid acrylic, but the color may appear less rich. However, if you want an acrylic look on a limited budget, an acrylic finish can be a good choice. Make sure you choose a good core material for the best results.

Acrylic Kitchen Cabinet Appearance

Most people choose acrylic cabinets because they give the kitchen a sleek, modern design. Acrylic also allows for a wide range of bright or subtle color options that may not be available with other materials. The high gloss finish gives off a nice sheen that many find attractive. You often find acrylic cabinets in top-rated, high-end restaurants because of the advantages they offer.

Acrylic Kitchen Cabinet Advantages

Whether you choose an acrylic overlay or solid acrylic doors, acrylics have several positive attributes. They are advantageous because:

  • They have a high resistance to ultraviolet light, so their colors don't fade.

  • They resist moisture and do not rust or corrode.

  • They are non-toxic.

  • They clean up easily with simple soap and water and are low-maintenance.

  • They resist scratches and nicks.

  • They have excellent longevity — you probably won't need to replace them unless you remodel again.

Acrylic Kitchen Cabinet Care

You don't need to work hard to keep your kitchen cabinet's appearance up. However, you will notice a few unique issues with acrylic. Because they are shiny, you may need to wipe them down more than other cabinet materials. Fingerprints will appear more noticeable than wood or laminate cabinets.

Though acrylic tends not to scratch, you still need to take care not to use abrasives on your cabinets. Use a soft cloth, for example, instead of a paper towel or brush. Don't brush the cabinets dry. Soap and water are enough to keep acrylic cabinets clean, so don't use harsh chemicals. However, you can polish them with specialized plastic or acrylic polishes.

Acrylic Kitchen Cabinets Compared to Other Materials

Acrylic holds up well against other types of cabinet materials. Below are some of the advantages acrylic has over them.

Acrylic VS Wood

Wood is a classic choice, but it doesn't have the longevity of acrylic. You usually have to refinish or replace wood after a certain time. Plus, wood is prone to insect damage.

Acrylic VS Laminate

Laminate is prone to irreparable nicks. It is also less glossy and less durable than acrylic.

Acrylic VS Glass

While acrylic and glass have similar appearances, glass has one obvious flaw. Glass is more fragile and prone to impact breakage than acrylic. Though you can get thicker, impact-resistant glass, you may lose gloss and transparency.

Acrylic is a great material for your kitchen. It can give it a high-end, long-lasting appearance. Whether you want completely acrylic cabinets, or an acrylic overlay, let MGM Plastics help. Call or email us for more information and a quote. You can also visit our store in person.


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