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High Gloss Thermofoil Doors

High Gloss Thermofoil is on the rise.

It seems like it goes in waves, for the last few months the high gloss materials have been very popular.

Typically the deterrent that affects the sale of this material is related to prices, most high gloss foils are expensive.

But lately the hand users don’t seem to care, they want high gloss and they are willing to pay. In comparison to non-glossy foils, the price is roughly 40 percent more.

We keep in stock a few colors like White, Antique White, Zembrano and Birdseye.

Also readily available, from our suppliers are custom colors which we can order in smaller quantities. When placing an order for a non-stock colors, please allow extra time to get the material to our facility.

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New Color: Beachwood Thermofoil

An other incredibly real looking foil hitting the market, this one is called “Beachwood”.The manufacturer outdid itself with this new print. It’s got a very deep wood grain imitating oak that has been sand blasted.

The color has this weathered look with all kinds of tones going from white, brown and greys. The doors we pressed, look like they have been sitting on the beach for a couple of years, this is how real this material looks.

Bellow is a picture of what it looks like, unfortunately as in most cases, the picture doesn’t do justice to how it really looks and feels in person. If you run your hand on this material, you can actually feel the dept of the grain.

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New Color: Hemlocks Grey

Lately it seems the foil manufacturers are coming out with new prints almost every month. We just got a new foil called “Hemlocks Grey” and it basically is a mimics of rustic greyish weathered oak. Between the texture and the color, it gives a very real feeling of a natural wood product with an elaborate finish.

These types of prints are making  the sale of Thermofoil doors so much easier. Especially when considering the cost structure substantially lower than wood. This is without accounting for all of the problems inherent of finishing a natural wood product.

See the sample image of the color above but the picture is not doing the product justice. We are very excited to see what they are going to come up with this year.

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Thermofoil Small Run

We have been making Thermofoil doors since 1997, and we have seen so many changes. When we started we had just a hand full of colors and that is all the market knew. Now we stock around 60 colors not accounting for all of the special ones we bring in as orders flow in.

The manufacturers have gotten much easier to deal with when is comes to ordering small rolls. About 5 years ago we were getting a lot of resistance on the small rolls, but now all manufacturer offer this option. They typically have an added fee for smaller quantities.

Going back about 10 years, we wanted a Maple color our competitor had and they were not willing to sell us unless we bought $25,000 worth of foil. Today the same company will sell you just about any quantity. It is very exciting to see the Thermofoil looking just about like real wood without the cost.

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Thermofoil Painted Doors

In the last few months, high gloss Thermofoil has been more popular than in the past. Foil manufacturers have done a nice job at bringing new colors and patterns.

In our efforts to promote that demand, we are attempting in painting standard non-gloss Thermofoil doors with a high gloss coating. We started doing some testing, and so far it looks good.

The biggest problem with high gloss has to do with scratches. Not so much for us, but more in the field or once the product has been shipped to the client. Between the handling and the other processes that has to be accomplished to install the doors, a lot can go wrong Often we get blamed for damages taking place in the field.

We are hoping to start this program with a hand full of clients and see how it goes. Above is an example of a Thermofoil door that was glazed and top coated with high gloss clear coat.

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Thermofoil Doors with Matching Back

On our Thermofoil doors we offer an option of a “matching back”. There are two ways of accommodating this particular request.

The least expensive way to accomplish this, is to have the MDF with a melamine or painted back. This option is not a perfect match, but in most cases it’s acceptable.

The second way of getting a matching back is to use the Thermofoil material on both side, in this case it’s a perfect match. The draw back to this option has to do with cost, typically our list price on this additional process is about 30 percent more.

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Doors for Apartments

In the last few months most of our larger orders come from clients involved in the remodeling or new construction of apartments. Some of those projects have from 100 apartments up to 2000. typically they release batches of 5 to 30 units at one time, all depends on how aggressive they are to complete the project.

Because of a large amount of foreclosed homes, apartments project seem to be the rise. The doors they order from us is all over the map as far as style, it can be a non-routed white Thermofoil door all the way to a fully finished solid wood door.

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Pressroom Tools by Smartech

It is always interesting when people invent or improve existing tools. This morning I received an email from one of our vendors called Smartech, they developed a few new press room tools.

One of them is a turn table on which you place the parts to be glued. A turning table is nothing new, but their improvement resides at the point of rotation. The rotating point is at the base, so you can use your foot to rotate the table instead of your hands.

The also had a mixing stand which is equipped with a pouring cup to facilitate mixing at the proper rate.

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Doors in Las Vegas

It’s always good when business picks up a little bit. Well, our Las Vegas based clients seem to be holding pretty well with orders. The flow has been pretty steady, enough to justify a truck going there every week.

In the last couple of years, some weeks we didn’t have enough business to justify sending our own truck. Typically we prefer using our own truck which allows us to keep better control on delivery. Our clients are also much happier to see our driver delivering their products. In most instances, the driver is the last person to see the client, and it creates a good bond between the customer and the vendor.

To all our Las Vegas customers, thank you for your business.

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Special Thermofoil

Foil manufacturers keep on coming out with new products which are really capturing a niche market. Some of those foils are almost exact replicas of exotic wood species. Not only are the colors right on, but the textures are also getting to be like real wood.

On the retail end of this, we are seeing more and more designers accepting the product as a good solution for their projects. In the past, most designers would have just passed on the product. On many of those foils, no longer can they say that it is looking like plastic.

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