Understand the differences and usability between Veneers and Laminates

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We often get confused about choosing the finishes for our house furniture; hence, we will explain the differences between veneer and laminate, two of the most commonly used materials these days that are used for decorating plywood or other wooden furniture.

Veneers and laminates are both pasted on a subbase of solid wood, plywood, or MDF. Veneer is a natural material, whereas laminate is an artificial material. Veneer is a very thin slice of wood obtained from a tree log, which is why it is also known as wood veneer since they are actually slices of wood.

Laminate is made by pressing together thin layers of flat paper and plastic resins. In India, people often refer to laminates by the name “Sunmica,” which is actually the name of a well-known laminate company. In comparison to laminates, veneers require more maintenance. Veneers are more expensive than laminates.

Veneers are not usually as durable as they should be and require more maintenance and care since they are prone to scratches. Laminates are known for their durability and ability to resist scratches and stains. Since veneer is a natural material, it is available in a limited number of shades. Whereas laminates are available in a variety of colours, shades, designs, patterns, and textures, they can be broadly classified as textured, high gloss, soft, or matte.

Veneered furniture looks like wood; this gives it an authentic look and makes it appear high-end, whereas laminated furniture has a synthetic feel and lacks the natural feel and variation of real wood. Veneer is susceptible to damage in the presence of water, whereas laminate can resist water up to a certain extent. Veneer can last longer, but laminate lasts only as long as the top layer is not damaged.

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