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Definition

A common way to refer to melamine resin, which is a combination of the chemical melamine and formaldehyde that produces a smooth and durable hard surface. It is commonly used in Formica countertops and laminate flooring.

Things you need to know

It is also found in dinnerware, and is used as the decorative surface material for flat-pack particleboard furniture.

Also known as

Melamine Resin, Melamine Formaldehyde

Cost Considerations

Refacing cabinets with melamine, which can cost less than $3,000, is a cheaper option than wood veneer, which can run $7,000 to $9,000 or more. It is also a good option for cabinet interiors because it doesn't require finishing.

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