TFL is a common material to use when building cabinets. Although it’s common, not many people know exactly what it is or understand the benefits of it. TFL cabinets and solid wood cabinets have the same functions, so what’s the difference?
What is TFL?
TFL stands for thermally fused laminate, which describes the process the material goes through. Laminate is fused by heat to either an MDF or particleboard center to create a durable and appealing board.
As we talked about in a previous blog, Stain vs. Paint vs. TFL, aesthetic, usability, cost, and durability are all things that should be considered when you’re deciding on what material to use for your cabinets. Because the laminate is thermally fused, it is incredibly durable and it is hard to scratch or dent plus, it’s also very easy to clean. Unlike solid wood, dirt, water spots, and food do not penetrate the laminate, making it easier to clean, all you have to do is take a wet rag and wipe it down. The ease of cleaning is unmatched by other materials.
The cost difference of laminate compared to solid wood is drastic. TFL cabinets can be purchased for roughly half the cost of some species of solid wood cabinets but still have the functionality and look that solid wood does. It’s available in a wide variety of options including, authentic textures, realistic woodgrains, rich solids, trendy neutrals, and brilliant whites. It will put you on-trend with bright, inspired wood looks mixed with understated elegance. Bayer offers 41 different TFL colors ranging from glossy to matte and everything in between. Due to the way it’s manufactured, the looks will be consistent from piece to piece in color and finish.
All in all, TFL is a great option for anyone looking for an affordable yet stylish kitchen. View our current offerings here or feel free to reach out to us at 1(800) 392-9664 to see them in person.