To achieve a clean finish on kitchen cabinetry, the edges of the doors need to exactly match the rest of the door, without a visible glue line. While that doesn’t sound like a complex thing to achieve, it’s actually not that easy without the right equipment and materials.
Sage Doors have worked hard to achieve a solution to this issue, and with a new technology available on the market, have developed a product called Invisedge, in which the edge tape gets melted onto the edge of the door instead of being glued on. “This makes for a seamless edge and it is virtually invisible,” Sage Doors’ Lydia Posthuma says.
Until this product was available, the edge of melamine doors were made by gluing down an edge. “Invisedge is a new edgebanding technology, in which the edge tape is melted directly to the edge of the board. This eliminates the need for standard bonding agents such as glue to be used to attach the edging to the board and enables us to manufacture doors with no ugly glue lines.”
Until recently, the options for cabinetry edging in New Zealand were PVC or ABS. Invisedge introduces the next generation of plastic edging. Made of polyproplene, it shrinks less than other products, is very colour fast, is more resistant to household cleaners and chemicals, and is also more environmentally friendly.
“We find that New Zealand often follows European trends and this is a product that has become extremely popular in Europe over the last few years. Now, we’re seeing it taking off here,” Lydia says.