Polyurethane or Melamine Kitchen Finish: How to Weigh Your Best Options? | Knebel Kitchens Blacktown & Ingleburn, Sydney NSW

Polyurethane or Melamine Kitchen Finish: How to Weigh Your Best Options?

Blog | February 28th, 2020

Choosing a kitchen finish can be quite overwhelming. Thus, weighing your best options can be a struggle that requires a tedious process. Luckily, below are two of the best options in kitchen finishes, namely polyurethane and melamine. Listed below are their respective characteristics that will definitely help you pick the best kitchen suited for your home.

Aesthetic Appeal and Profiling

If you are after an ultra-smooth painted kitchen finish, then polyurethane is the one for you. This paint and a hardener are combined to create a durable finish on your cabinetry, similar to the finish on your vehicle, and thus designed to last. It also comes in a variety of finishes such as gloss for the ultra- modern, satin for a timeless classic and matt for the contemporary style. You can also choose almost any colour since they have an extensive range to match your home’s decor.


Almost every homeowner desires a kitchen finish that will stand the test of time. Polyurethane will do the trick. They have an extraordinary resistance against scratches and chips which is perfect for the family. As well as this, they are almost completely UV resistant, meaning that in 20 years’ time, your kitchen will look as good as the day it was installed.

Although melamine kitchen finishes are quite durable thanks to their tough outer coating which allows them to be resistant to heat and stains, it is not chip-resistant like polyurethane, and therefore general wear and tear can leave exposed wood particles which can take away the visual appeal of your kitchen. Aside from that, melamine kitchen finishes are also water-sensitive. Overtime, exposure to water can cause the surfaces to swell and can deteriorate the internal structure. However, maintaining the outer coating of your cabinetry can prevent this from occurring, leaving your kitchen in great condition for years to come.


A polyurethane kitchen is impenetrable by many substances, so cleaning is a breeze. You can easily remove fingerprints, smudges and stains with this kitchen finish. All you need to do is wipe it down with a moist cloth.


If you are renovating your kitchen on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice the visual appeal then look no further than a melamine kitchen. Melamine is a compressed wood that is coated with paper and resin which can be produced in a range of colours and styles. In comparison, a polyurethane kitchen can be between 30-40 percent more expensive than a melamine kitchen due to its durability and the amount of labour required to produce.

When you consult the expert designers, builders and renovators of Knebel Kitchens with head office and showroom in Ingleburn, NSW, you will benefit from top calibre advice, designs, building and full renovations plus interior design services for your outstanding transitional kitchen creation or update. Our highly experienced professionals will work closely with you to produce the ultimate transitional kitchen design of your dreams.

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