24 Mar Five Tips to Remember when Choosing between Veneers and Laminates
Decorating your homes, offices or spaces around you always starts out as a fun task. As you go through the process, you will meet a number of choices in terms of design and materials, and more.
When decorating furniture, you may have to choose between Veneers or Laminates. Let’s dive deep into what Veneers and Laminates mean, and how to make an informed choice.
What is Veneer?
Wood veneers are thin slices of real wood from real trees. For added strength, these are bonded to a less expensive wood like birch or a plywood base or medium density fiber board.
What is Laminate?
Fundamentally, laminate is an imitation of the wood. It’s a picture of wood printed on paper, with a transparent protective layer on top, and layers of resin and fiber-board underneath.
Let us compare
PRICE: Veneers are extracted directly from a wooden log. As more effort goes into crafting a veneer top, it is usually priced higher than the laminates. On the other hand, Laminates are easier to produce and thus, they are budget friendly.
MAINTENANCE AND DURABILITY: Laminates are heat and scratch resistant and are waterproof, which makes them easier to care for. On the other hand, Wood Veneers have to be polished from time to time, which makes their maintenance more taxing.
STYLE: Variety in veneer is based on the log it is cut from and thus varies only in the grain patterns. Veneers are natural and have a timeless, classic look. Laminates, on the other hand, are artificially produced which allows for a variety of colours, patterns and textures. If you are one for some wild colours or interesting textures, laminates provide a larger set of choices.
ECO FRIENDLINESS: The veneers are clearly the most eco-friendly product as they are the direct products of nature. Manufacturers are incorporating more and more environment-friendly options in laminates. However, use of plastic and resin make laminates a less eco-friendly option.
BIG SPACE FURNISHING: When you consider decorating a large space, the better suited option is laminates. This is because they are artificially mass produced and hence multiple identical sheets of laminates can be produced.
Make your choice
If you can stretch your budget and prefer natural look and feel, go for veneers.
If you want a cost-effective option that’s still versatile, choose laminates. Plus laminates are very durable and relatively easy to maintain and can withstand heavy-use environments.