A Guide to Edge Banding

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What is Edge Banding? 

Edge Banding is commonly used in furniture making and carpentry services. Moreover, wood panels have a raw edge when they are first cut, which can cause issues with products looking unfinished if it remains uncovered. However, this is where the edge banding process comes in.

If wood panels with raw edges are left, they can allow moisture to warp the wood overtime which can eventually reduce the longevity of those panels. In addition to this, it also will look unattractive and less professional for finishing touches.

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How does it work?

Edge Banding works by covering those raw edges of wood panels with ‘edging’. These can also be referred to as ‘edging tapes’. It is a process that involves industrial machinery that use hot-melt adhesives (hot glue) and edge banders to attach. Using industrial machinery and software, edge banding can be adapted to certain levels of thickness and widths.

With the advancement of technology and machinery over the years, edge banding machines can now allow the use of a laser to heat adhesive which is already applied to the edge banding itself. We have both types of traditional and modern technology/machinery here at Alexander Cleghorn.

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What are the different types?

There are different types of edge banding used to be applied to the base material of the wood panels. These are PVC, PP, ABS, Melamine and Wood Veneer. 

  1. PVC – Polymerizing Vinyl Chloride or commonly known as ‘PVC’ is one of the most common edge banding materials used within the furniture industry. PVC can be extremely durable and long-lasting.
  2. PP – Polypropylene or ‘PP’ is a semi-crystalline plastic. It is commonly used for packaging as it is chlorine-free, and is used as an alternative to PVC and ABS for furniture.
  3. ABS – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene or commonly known as ‘ABS’ has very similar characteristics to PVC. However, ABS is known to be less dense, and does not include chlorine. It is also not fire retardant.
  4. Melamine – Melamine Edging can come available in different wood effects and colours to create your ideal finish. It can produce a long-lasting and high-gloss finish.
  5. Wood Veneer – Wood panel veneers are commonly produced by joining pieces of veneer together to create a ‘master roll’. It is commonly referred to as thin slices of wood.

How Alexander Cleghorn can Help

At Alexander Cleghorn, all of our panels pass through a milling unit in the first stage of the edge banding process. This ensures that the panels have perfect clean edges. Your choice of edge banding is then applied to this material with thicknesses ranging from 0.3mm to 3mm and more.

Contact us today for more information by calling us on 01621 815551 or emailing us at  sales@alexcleg.co.uk


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