Materials

At Creative Kitchens we are pleased to offer a wide variety of species options. From traditional to modern, our line offers an option for every design style. Every client is unique; and as such, a home should be a reflection of taste and lifestyle. The species we offer have characteristics unique to the tree from which it came. Natural graining, colour, and texture variation define the beauty of natural wood products.

Natural Wood Characteristics:

Wood as nature intended. Every species of wood has characteristics unique to the tree from which it came from. Natural graining, colour and texture variation defines the beauty of natural wood products. At AyA we strive to obtain the most consistent grain and colouration available for each species yet due to the uniqueness inherent in a wood product, AyA cannot be responsible

for the natural variations that may characterize your cabinet selection.

Oak

Oak has been the first choice in cabinet construction for a number of years due to the durability of this moisture resistant wood. Characterized by open graining, red oak has a natural range of colour from light to dark and mineral deposits within the grain increases its natural beauty.

Maple

Maple is a hard, tightly grained wood that can have colour variations from a pale white to a reddish tone. The finish that is chosen for maple can enhance the natural beauty of maple, or subtly reduce the variations through the use of stains.

Cherry

Cherry is widely renown for its traditional majesty. A somewhat soft wood, cherry has a subtle grain, enhanced with pithing which lends itself to the warmth of historical settings. The appearance of cherry can vary dramatically with the stain colour applied to it. Cherry is the ideal choice if a consistent dark colouration is required, or in its natural state the reddish colour can be enhanced.

Exotic - Reconstituted:

This product is made by laminating a block of veneers together. In its simplest application, it is obvious the edges of the laminated veneer become the “grain” of the reconstituted veneer and so the “grain” is perfectly straight. By maneuvering the contour of the laminations in the block form, any desired configuration can be attained. Reconstituted wood is not exotic, but reconstituted in a way to look and feel like the real thing.

 

Zebrano

Zebrano has a course texture, with the typical so-called zebra stripes, often with an interlocked or wavy grain. Zebrano is naturally pale brown with regular or irregular marks of dark brown in varying widths. Zebrano is sustainable, reconstituted wood made by laminating a block of veneers together. A beautiful choice for a modern design.

Wenge

Wenge is very dark and dense with a coarse grain and a pattern of nearly black grains separated by dark brown grains. Though wenge is a tropical timber, our wenge is reconstituted wood made to look and feel real thing. We offer the look and design advantages of wenge in a way that eliminates the complications associated with the naturally occuring species.

Exotic - Natural:

Thinly sliced strips of natural wood adhered to an engineered board core.

 

Walnut

The common walnut is hard, dense, tight-grained and polishes to a very smooth finish. The colour ranges from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate colour in the heartwood. When kiln-dried, walnut wood tends toward a dull brown colour, but when air-dried can become a rich purplish-brown. Because of its colour, hardness and grain it is a prized furniture and carving wood.

Laminate Types:

Thermofoil

Thermofoil is a plastic material which is thermoformed to the profile of an underlying engineered wood core such as medium-density fiberboard. Commonly available synthetic material is a thin, tight, heat-sealed plastic wrap used to mold over an MDF substrate. Thermofoil cabinet doors can

be a solid color or imitation wood grain. The cabinet boxes that accompany these doors can be finished in various materials such matching thermofoil, coordinating paint, and laminates. Thermofoil is available in a range of textures and sheen levels. For a budget kitchen remodel, a thermofoil cabinet door is an easy and economical alternative to white paint. Heat-generating appliances such as coffeemakers and toasters should not be placed too close to the cabinets.

Melamine

Melamine formaldehyde (also shortened to melamine) is a hard, thermosetting plastic material made from melamine and formaldehyde by polymerization. Melamine is often used to saturate decorative paper that is laminated under heat and pressure and then pasted onto particle board and commonly used in ready-to-assemble furniture and inexpensive kitchen cabinets. Melamine is

available in different sizes and thicknesses, as well as a large number of colors and patterns.

PET High Gloss

PET(Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a foil applied to a wood base panel. PET has a higher gloss level than HPL, is UV resistant, is highly abrasion resistant, lacks inherent wavering, and is more machinable than HPL (High Pressure Laminate) with less edge chipping.

 

Painted Finishes:

Painted

Painted finishes are solid, opaque colour applications on MDF that do not reveal any grain characteristics and which can be accentuated with hand glazing.

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