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How to choose the best materials for your designs

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Whether imagining commercial or residential designs, a designer’s goals are to fashion layouts that reflect the personality of the client and create a beautiful and functional environment – all while staying within the given budget. While some may insist on the need for real wood, more clients are now open to the idea of choosing wood-alternative cabinet materials for their designs such as melamine (TFL).

“Today’s wood-alternative products are manufactured to be more durable and functional, while still allowing plenty of room for artistic creativity,” explained Ariane Bouchard, Marketing Manager with Uniboard®. Thermally fused laminate (TFL) panels are created by fusing a resin-impregnated sheet of decorative paper directly to a substrate such as medium infused fiberboard (MDF) or particleboard.

MDF and Particleboard panels can be manufactured with a variety of physical properties and dimensions, providing the ultimate in design  flexibility.  Both MDF and Particleboard make ideal substrates for TFL because they are uniform in strength, consistent, and defect-free. Uniboard also offers a NU Green family of MDF and particleboard products that easily conform with modern eco-conscious sensibilities. Décor trends show that more and more designers are choosing these modern wood-alternative cabinet materials because of their many advantages:

“Wood-alternative cabinets are the perfect option for designers who love the appeal of wood, but require a more durable and affordable surface,” added Bouchard. Uniboard also offers a stunning array of standard and signature finishes to provide the crowning touch to any design.


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