Uses of Laminates & Veneers in Interiors

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Laminates and veneers are popular for interior use because of their low cost, ease of maintenance and wide variety of looks both materials are available in.

Uses

  • Veneers are thinly sliced layers of wood that are glued onto plywood to give furniture, doors or architectural elements of a space the appearance of being solid wood.
    Laminates are thin layers of material that are bonded together to make a durable sheet to be applied to surfaces such as countertops, cabinets and floors.

Types

  • Popular types of wood veneer include oak, cherry, maple and birch. High-end manufacturers typically use rare woods such as teak, ebony and mahogany.
    Laminates are available in a variety of materials, including plastic, plywood, wood and metal.

Features

  • Wood veneers afford many variations in construction. A piece can be created from a solid, stable material and then wood veneer glued to the surface to enhance its aesthetic appearance.
    Laminates are generally praised for their easy maintenance and stability.

Cost

  • Rare and exotic woods can be cost-prohibitive. By slicing veneers from the lumber of these rare woods, beautiful furniture, panels and features for a space can be created at a much more affordable price with the benefit of an exotic appearance.
    While a real granite countertop may cost $50 and up per square foot, laminate that looks like granite can be purchased for as low as $3 per square foot.

Maintenance

  • Wood veneers are easily maintained by regularly oiling the surface with an oil soap.
    Laminates are easy to maintain with an all-purpose cleaner.

References

  • Photo Credit "Wooden Boards" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: shaire productions (Sherrie Thai) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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