When thinking about custom millwork and other interior design features, it is important to know not only some basic information about the piece, but what that information means. For example, knowing what materials a piece is made from and it’s finish will not tell you much if you do not know the difference between solid wood, laminate, and other materials, as well as the differences between types of finishes. There are a number of materials a piece can be made from, and it is important to know what is right for your tastes and needs in both the short and long term. This post will hopefully clear up some of the misconceptions about the differences between solid wood and laminate.
Looking At Laminate
Laminate is made from synthetic materials or very thinly sliced wood pieces. In some cases, it can be made to mimic the look of natural wood grain. Laminate typically has an incredibly shiny finish and is generally known for being used in low-end furniture and pieces which need highly durable surfaces. Laminate is far more budget friendly, as it is cheap to produce and use. Laminate pieces are incredibly easy to clean and maintain. These types of pieces are ideal for spaces which will see a lot of wear. All though Laminate is not real wood, if you sand off the shiny finish, it can be painted any color you wish.
Speaking On Solid Wood
While there are some misconceptions regarding laminate, everyone knows what solid wood is. Millwork, furniture, etc., made from solid wood can be sanded, stained, varnished, treated, and painted to suit any taste, interior, or use. It is, however, to note that not all types of wood are the same. Some are softer than others, and show wear more easily than others. The corners and edges of certain types of beautiful wooden millwork can become worn after rough or long use. Other woods are harder, these are aptly named “hardwoods”, and have a much longer lifespan and less readily show signs of wear. Solid wood pieces can have a timeless rustic look, and make excellent farm style cabinets and bookshelves.
If you have any more questions about the differences between solid wood and laminate, and which application best fits your needs, feel free to give us a call for some personal advice!
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