“We are one of just a few manufacturers in New Zealand who can offer this precision technology to create seamless, high end cabinetry,” Panelform’s Alfie Allison says.
“The process we use to create these doors is known as thermoforming, with the cabinetry range made this way called Durostyle. Thermoforming is a process that begins with an MDF panel in its raw form. From there, it is machined to the desired profile and put through a process during which a vinyl (or foil as it is sometimes known) gets applied to it under both heat and pressure creating a seamless, edge-free finish.
“While architects designing high end homes often used to specify lacquer cabinetry in these styles of house, Durostyle doors are now rivalling lacquer due to their unique performance and durability attributes as well as their aesthetics and textures and finishes available.”
While lacquer has its attributes, Durostyle thermoformed doors offer an enviable range of benefits unique to this style of manufacturing, Alfie says. “With traditional lacquer doors, the paint can chip relatively easily exposing the MDF core at which point water is able to get inside the cabinetry. In contrast, due to the way the vinyl wrap is applied under heat and pressure, Durostyle doors are highly unlikely to scratch or chip and therefore offer a superior durability and water resistance.”
“Durostyle doors are also more cost effective than lacquer and bring a new range of textured finishes to the table. With Durostyle there is everything from ultra high gloss to satin smooth, and velvety textured finishes which could never be achieved with a paint finish.”