What Is Edgebanding?

Laminate and particleboard have tremendous advantages in manufacturing products over natural wood. They don’t move as much with heat or moisture, they’re typically lighter, and they’re significantly less expensive. For these reasons, they’re often used by modern companies when making cabinets and furniture.

One of the disadvantages of these materials is that their exposed edges don’t look like natural wood. People don’t find it aesthetically pleasing and it also leaves the material unprotected. Manufacturers use a technique called edgebanding to simultaneously protect the wood while providing a cleaner look.

Enter Edgebanding

Edgebanding is a process by which thin strips of material are used to cover the exposed edges of wood panels. Some manufacturers use wood for their edgebands, but many choose PVC and ABS. These manmade materials keep nearly all moisture out, easily bend around curved edges, and can be custom made for unique looks.

How Does Edgebanding Work?

The technique is fairly straightforward: bands of material are essentially glued to the edge of each panel and cut to the appropriate lengths. To do this, a special adhesive is applied between the edgeband and the surface. It is then heated up to melt the glue which adheres the material to the edge.

Previously, this was done with a hot iron, but modern machines feature an adjustable internal temperature gauge. This ensures the adhesive is always kept at the right level of heat, preventing incomplete melting or overheating the glue. It also protects the user and product from being burned by the hot liquid.

Finding the Perfect Edgebanding

Edgebanding is a necessary part of creating laminate and particleboard products. Customers prefer the smooth look and the raw edge can easily scratch things that come in contact with it, including people. It also ensures that a piece of furniture or cabinet last longer. Contact Summa Solutions for materials that cover the  widest range of uses and enough designs to fit any application.