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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW: ACRYLIC VS PVC LAMINATES

Decorative laminate sheets are a great option to change your dull interiors as they are available in different colors, patterns, and textures. Royale touche, as the best laminate brand in India manufacture some quality PVC laminates and acrylic laminates used to design the interiors of homes and offices.

What are Acrylic laminates and PVC laminates? 

Acrylic laminates are manufactured by pressing different layers of paper and plastic resin together. It is made of polymer fibre or lacquer. The topmost layer consists of the decorative laminate sheets. It creates a reflective sheen on the surface and is quite durable.

PVC laminates are manufactured under high pressure and temperature by compressing paper and plastic resin. These sturdy laminate sheets are based on Poly Vinyl Chloride, from which they also derive their name. They are pasted on plywood or MDF, and their high gloss finish does not make them similar to the acrylic laminates. PVC laminates are also available in matte finishes.

Here is a list of factors that you need to compare before choosing your favorite high-pressure laminate,

  • Cost : PVC laminates are budget-friendly. They are available in different colors, patterns, and textures and are exceptionally long-lasting. Acrylic laminates, on the other hand,  give a premium and classy look to your interiors. So, if you do not have to strain your budget, you should definitely get acrylic laminates.
  • Variety: PVC laminates are available in a wide range of textures like matte, gloss, and ultra-gloss. There are also a lot of options in colors and patterns. Acrylic laminates are also available in different colors that help retain their radiance. However, these distinctive colors do not stay in the market for long. Hence, it is best to pick alternative shades as well.
  • Durability: PVC laminates do not require edge bands. These decorative laminate sheets are flexible and can be bent up to 90 degrees. They are best suitable for kitchen cabinets and countertops where there are a lot of angles and ridges to work with. They are also resistant to erosion, termites, high temperature, and bad weather conditions. Harsh abrasive cleaners can leave scratch marks on these surfaces, but they are mostly scratch-resistant. If you are cleaning with a cotton cloth and keeping sharp objects away, you can definitely keep it scratch-free. Acrylic laminates are also resistant to UV rays and scratches. However, dust and dirt can easily be spotted on their shiny surfaces. They can also accumulate thumb impressions, but they are pretty easy to clean. 
  • Maintenance: PVC laminates can be cleaned with the help of a soft cotton cloth and liquid detergent that is mild. Acetone or water mixed with baking soda can be used to remove stains. Dry the surface manually after cleaning. Acrylic laminates are cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and any mild cleanser. Specific acrylic cleansers can be used to remove stains. It is important to wipe away any soapy build-up; otherwise, it will stain the surface. 

Advantages of using PVC laminates and Acrylic laminates

Here are the advantages of using PVC laminates,

  • This is a versatile decorative laminate sheet that is available in several colors, patterns, and textures – like the glossy, ultra-glossy, and matte ones. 
  • These are thin sheets that can bend up to 90 degrees without much effort. This eliminates any need for edge bands.
  • They are great for compact spaces which have ridges and angles. 
  • PVC laminates are resistant to corrosion, termites, heat, and water.
  • They are suitable to be used on surfaces like kitchen cabinets and countertops.

Here are the advantages of using Acrylic laminates,

  • These high-pressure laminate sheets are very glossy and long-lasting. 
  • Their glossy and ultra-glossy surfaces give a premium, high-end look.
  • It is a low-maintenance sheet. You only need to wipe it clean with a damp cloth to maintain its shine.
  • They are easily replaceable if you find the correct hue.
  • Their moisture and UV resistant properties makes them best for kitchen use. 
  • These sheets are not scratch-free and can accumulate a lot of dirt and dust. However, they are the easiest to clean.  

What to use for your kitchen – PVC laminate or Acrylic laminate?

The best laminates used in the kitchen should be a mix of both acrylic laminates and PVC laminates. Use acrylic decorative laminate sheets for something like wall cabinets or hanging shelves. Anything above the eye level would be better suitable for acrylic laminates as they are less prone to scratches and dust. However, PVC laminates should be used for the lower half of the kitchen as they are scratch and water-resistant. Using both these laminates will make your kitchen functional and sophisticated.

Regarded as the best laminate brand in India, Royale Touche, offers you some exquisite designs in PVC laminates and acrylic laminates. If you want to give a different look to your interiors,  classy, eye-catching, decorative laminate sheets, is the way to go. 

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