Have you heard of PVC? If you thought pipes, then you are in for some new information! A massively produced polymer, PVC or polyvinyl chloride, has been traditionally utilised in construction, healthcare, automobiles, and other sectors. But in recent times, we are noticing a shocking new trend — PVC kitchen cabinets.
PVC is not only a pocket-friendly option to furnish kitchen cabinets, but is also super easy to clean and maintain. If you are sceptical about this material, we have a detailed guide on what you can expect.
PVC for Kitchens
Currently, the market opts for two kinds of PVC boards for the kitchen, that is, hollow boards and foam. The difference is simple, as the name suggests, the first one is hollow inside, thus being lightweight and economic. Whereas, PVC foam boards are thicker making it sturdier than hollow boards.
Characteristics of PVC Kitchens
We suggest foam boards for a sturdy kitchen as hollow boards are neither thermal nor fire resistant. Foam boards are usually insulated against heat and are fairly fire-resistant. They are also non-toxic, anti-chemical and corrosion-resistant material giving you hygienic conditions to work in.
Design and Installation
The material for a PVC kitchen is available as ready-to-fit boards that don’t require finishing. Available in an array of colours, you don’t have to think about laminates or add-ons to make it look beautiful. Since they are lightweight, the workers can find it easy to work on. However, for PVC foam board, the right expertise is required as improper finishing can result in irreversible damage to the cabinet.
When it comes to the sturdiness, it is definitely the foam board you must buy as it can hold more weight compared to the other PVC variant. However, this is ideal for rented homes and is a small-term investment as the cabinets can sag over time and there is no resolution for damages.
Pros and Cons of PVC cabinets
- Can be installed quickly
- Economic option, feasible for rented homes or small-term kitchens
- Moisture resistant
- Say goodbye to termites as they won’t infest PVC cabinets
- Available in an array of colours and don’t require expensive finishes
- Foam boards can hold more weight and are fairly fire resistant as well
- Not very durable as they can sag if used for long
- Many pests and insects might occupy hollow boards, making them unhygienic
- Can deform if you try altering the fixture
- Prone to damage – use hardware and hinges compatible with plastic to minimise deformities
- Prone to scratches that cannot be covered up
- PVC kitchens are not available in a wide variety of colours. They also tend to discolour after some years.
- Not fire-resistant
PVC Kitchen Cabinet Costing
PVC kitchens are an economic option as compared to other commonly used modular kitchen cabinet materials. Hollow boards are priced from ₹25 per sq ft, whereas foam boards can be availed from ₹30 per sq ft.
PS: Livspace does not offer PVC kitchens currently. But stay tuned to this space to see what’s new!
In short, PVC kitchens are slowly penetrating Indian households as they are economical and sturdy. Whether or not you should choose a PVC kitchen depends on your usage and budget. We hope our guide helps you in making an informed choice. For more, read our ultimate guide to kitchen materials.
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