This is the cabinet in my office, the door has 3mm PVC edging and no raw edges.
|This is a panel in production on the factory floor; it has .018mm PVC edging on the left edge, the bottom edge is raw.|
- .018 mm PVC Edging
- This is the most common type of edging and is cost effective.
- It is specified for most casework.
- .018 edging is purchased in long rolls and applied using an edge banding machine.
- 3 mm PVC Edging
- This edging is more durable and applied to doors, counter tops, and exposed edges that take abuse.
- It is applied with an edge bander.
|3mm PVC edging on the left compared to .018 mm edging on the right|
- Flex Edge
- Similar to 3mm but is more flexible. I could bend it with my fingers and it felt like it had a rubber base, as opposed to the 3mm that I could not bend (if I could it would probably snap) and felt like hard plastic.
- Flex edge is used on edges with a radius because it is flexible.
- T-Molding can also be used on an edge with a radius.
- It is applied by cutting a groove in the center of the edge, the the tongue of the t lock is tapped into place.
- Glue and the edge bander are not required.
- T-molding can be replaced if it is damaged.
- Laminate Edging-
- This edging comes from a 4'x8' sheet of laminate. The sheet is ripped (by ACS) into 1" strips with glue applied to the back, then the strips are put on by the edge bander.
- Laminate edging is not common because it is inconvenient (strips must be cut) and expensive.
- It is usually used when panels have a wood grain laminate or texture that wouldn't match another edging material.
- The last few projects we used laminate edging for were specialists doctor offices and high end eye care facilities.
|L-R: T-Lock, Flex edge, 3mm PVC, .018 PVC|