Have you ever wondered how a painted kitchen cabinet can be picture perfect, without a single drip or stroke, while at the same time being affordable? Chances are you were looking at thermofoil kitchen cabinets, that mimic the look of paint but without the imperfections often associated with cheap painted cabinets. They are affordable and can last a long time with the adequate care, and they can make your kitchen look like new without the mess of having to actually paint the cabinets.

Thermofoil kitchen cabinets are made by fusing a very thin layer of vinyl onto a substrate material using heat, and it’s an extremely popular option for kitchen makeovers. The cost will vary depending on the size of your kitchen and the amount of materials required, but usually oscillates between one and four thousand. It pays to look for quotes from local contractors, as some areas are more competitively priced than others. This makes them an extremely affordable option for refacing laminate cabinets.

Thermofoil kitchen cabinets are very easy to keep clean, as they are basically a thin layer of plastic over a wood substrate, similar to cheap countertops covered with laminate. However, they are less durable than solid wood or high quality painted countertops: many people complain of noticeable bubbling and peeling, which then makes the cabinet susceptible to water or vapour damage. It is important to always use non-abrasive cleaning products, and keep an eye on any them to catch any sign of damage as early as possible.

The materials used as substrate on thermofoil kitchen cabinets vary both in quality and price. Hardwood holds thermofoil well, but you can also find it on cheaper cabinets made of particle board and medium density fibreboard. The cheaper the substract, the more likely you are to run into issues such as the wood being too soft and the cabinet starting to sag, so it’s worth investing a bit of money to get quality cabinets. Different manufacturers offer varying degrees of guarantee, but most of them will look at an amateur installation as a reason to void it.

In order to make sure your thermofoil kitchen cabinets stay in top shape for as long as possible, you’ll need to be careful of two things: scratches and water damage (including humidity). While the top vinyl layer offers a degree of protection and makes them suitable for a kitchen environment, a scratch may be all that is required for the substrate to be susceptible to water damage. If the substrate gets wet, it will swell, rendering your cabinets worthless. To avoid this watch over for scratches, and never use abrasive soaps or cleaning sponges that are made for more scratch resistant surfaces.

Vinyl is a popular material for affordable home remodelling products, including from no glue vinyl flooring to garden fences and thermofoil kitchen cabinets. However, in this case, applying thermofoil to kitchen surfaces is not a DIY project: You will need equipment and training which only professionals have. However, even after counting installation costs, thermofoil kitchen countertops are an affordable way of making your kitchen look bright and clean with new cabinets.