Along with laminate, acrylic is a very widely used for kitchen cabinetry. It resembles lacquer and has a finish that is high gloss making cabinets in the kitchen appear quite smooth, similar to mirrors. Acrylic finish is available in a wide variety of colours.
Acrylic finish, thanks to the gloss, brings great aesthetic appeal to a kitchen. An acrylic finish modular kitchen looks good to the eye and also makes the kitchen space seem larger. Acrylic finish is non-toxic and available in many different colours which look bright and colourful for years together. The finish is scratch resistant. It also doesn’t fade or de-laminate over time. However, fingerprints, smudges and dirt are easily visible which means that acrylic cabinets need to be cleaned regularly.
Types of Acrylic Kitchen Doors
There are two types of acrylic kitchen cabinet doors available in the market – acrylic faced doors and solid acrylic doors. Acrylic finish doors have acrylic finish applied to them – a process that can be quite complicated. The doors have sheets of acrylic finish pasted on MDF boards. A protective layer is pasted over those sheets and its edges are sealed. Solid acrylic doors are made completely of acrylic and their appearance is richer while the colours look much more even. For this reason, acrylic doors are more expensive to install than acrylic finish doors.
Advantages of Acrylic Finish
Acrylic finish is very durable and can last for decades. Because it is available in many different colours, it can be customized to suit the décor of the home. Not only is this finish scratch resistant, it can also resist the effects of ultraviolet light and even moisture. It is also very easy to clean, requiring only soap and water. Aesthetically speaking, this finish can also provide beautiful contrasts in texture when used with different backsplash materials.
Drawbacks of Acrylic Finish
The finish does have certain drawbacks. Acrylic finish is looked upon as a premium type of finish and, therefore, can be much more expensive to utilize than laminate or any other finish. Also, since the finish is glossy, smudges, fingerprints and dirt can show up easily, necessitating regular cleaning. In addition, when kitchen cabinet doors with acrylic finish are replaced, the hues of the new doors may not match the hues of the older doors causing shading differences.
Acrylic modular kitchens can be sold as one set which means the entire kitchen or on the basis of square footage. Per set, the price of these kitchens can range from Rs. 65,000 to Rs. 4.25 lakhs. The square footage prices can range from Rs. 700 to Rs.2000 per square foot.