Melamine faced chipboard is most commonly used for kitchen units
and bedrooms. This type of board was developed in the 1970's. Melamine is a printed surface laminated on a substrate, most commonly chipboard. MDF or Supawood is also used for Melamine boards but the cost of Supawood boards is higher than chipboard. More 95% of carcasses built in South Africa during 2019 and 2020 will be made with Super White Melamine.
Best Melamine for kitchen units
Modular cabinets made with Melamine are usually built with sides, shelves and rails. The only component not made with Melamine would be the back which is made with primed Masonite or Supawood. The two components of any cabinet are the carcass and the faces. Carcasses are the parts that cannot be seen when the unit is in place and closed. Most kitchen designers will only face cabinet sides if they are going to be visible.
Super white Melamine is the go to budget option for faces. Super White Melamine is no better or worse than any other colour Melamine in terms of longevity and strength.
Chipboard is the go to material for Melamine boards
Chipboard has improved over thast 40 years but still has much the same disadvantages. Water and chipboard are not friends and the vast majority of damage to kitchens is caused by water or steam. I have seen 30 year old Melamine kitchens that still look reasonably good, The fact is that most kitchens that are 30 years old or more tend to look tatty.
Melamine is available from two main manufacturers in South Africa, Melawood® and Novoboard® are the two main brands. Melawood is manufactured by PG Bison and Novoboard by Sonae previously Sappi Novoboard®. In terms of quality, there is no real difference. The colour range from both differ but they have something to offer that makes the ranges not entirely dissimilar. Melawood® will as an example have a colour called Windsor Cherry and Novoboard® Cherry Royale. The two colours differ marginally but not so much that the untrained eye will be able to identify them when faced with the two in different kitchens.
Melawood® were the first suppliers of Melamine in SA. Feel free to browse the Melawood® range of Melamine below. Melawood® has four different colour ranges. MelaWood® is available in four surface finishes: Peen (a textured, stipple), Ashwood (an embossed, woodgrain), Linear (a deep textured, straight wood grain) and Natural Touch (a luxurious, smooth matt). A perfect solid surface material to complete any task.
Melawood is light and water resistant, this does not translate into water proof. The hygienic surfaces are easy to clean.
At Pretoria Cupboards and Bedrooms we design, create and install Melawood Kitchen Cupboards
and Melawood Bedroom Cupboards.
Choosing colours can be difficult with the vast range available, my advice is eliminate the ones you like least and continue eliminating till you find the one. You can always be daring and choose two.
Melawood Value range
The value range has something for every possible space, Some of these colours have gained popularity over the years and hark back to simpler times.
Melawood Accent range
These are the solid colours, for the less complicated and minimalist looks, Combined with boards from the other ranges these colours can accent, contrast or highlight features. You can mix and match to create your very own living space.
Melawood Demand range
Demand the latest in fashion, These timeless wood finishes can only make your project look fantastic.
Melawood Supamatt range
You don't like bling, but want something warm and luxurious? Then the Matt boards may be the answer.
Melawood Supatexture range
Like it rustic, these boards feel like they look. The grain and roughness brings authenticity to your project.
Melawood Supagloss range
The blingier the better, check out Supagloss melamine to make your design shine.
For more information about the Melawood range visit PG Bison
Sonae Novoboard ranges
Here at Pretoria kitchens we also make use of the Sonae Arauco Novoboard range. The range is available in Stucco, Silhouette, Alpine and Textured finishes. The stucco finish is only available on the sensation range of colours listed below which are only available in the stucco texture. The metro finish is only available in textured. Heritage, Inspiration and unicolour are available in Silhouette and textured finishes, All other finishes are available in textured or alpine finishes.
Textured finishes on Novolam or Novoboard
The textured finish is a smooth board, this board is designed for all environments because of it's natural appeal. The textured range is useful in all applications including Novobord Kitchens and Novobord Built in Cupboards. This textured range has everything from simple solid colours to wood finishes and cloth texture.
Silhouette finishes on Novolam or Novobord
The silhouette texture is a linear embossed finish allowing you to see and feel grain. This is a deep matte effect creating a very authentic wood grain even on the solid colours. Can be used in everything from Bedrooms to Bars. No room in the home or office cannot be improved with a silhouette finished board.
Alpine finishes on Novobord
The alpine finish is an embossed finish which brings wood grains to life, It's a more subtle finish than the silhouette finish.
Stucco finish on Novoboard
The stucco texture is highly tactile and inspired by industrial and natural origin materials.
Novoboard sensation colour chart.
The sensation range is all about natural materials like stone. Marble, oxide and industrial finishes are the hallmarks of this range.
Novoboard contemporary colour chart.
The contemporary range is all about wood grains. Mostly light wood are the hallmarks of this range.
Novoboard Heritage colour chart.
The heritage range is all about aged wood grains. Wood with character are the hallmarks of this range.
Novoboard Inspiration colour chart.
The inspiration range is not just the standard boring wood grains. Wood grains and natural materials are the hallmarks of this range.
Novoboard Timeless colour chart.
The timeless range is all about wood grains that have been popular for all time. If you want something that won't make waves, that will look good and not be subject to the whims of fashion, look at this range.
Novoboard Textile colour chart.
The textile range consists of Metro
Novoboard Unicolor colour chart.
The unicolour chart range is all about beige, plain colours for a kitchen or bvedroom that will keep the contractor, the agent and the buyer satisfied.If something won't make waves, it's a simple single colour.
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