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FAQ

1. Why Should My Furniture Have An Edge Band?

Modular furniture is made using engineered wood. As such, the wood is treated and made resistant to moisture by treatments. However, it is a natural tendency of wood to absorb water and that cannot be changed completely – it can only be reduced. Edge banding protects the wooden panels in your furniture from moisture, thus reducing the effects of atmospheric humidity, liquid spills and such on the strength and durability of the wood. So, the next time you spill coffee on your table and it drips down the edge, thank the edge banding for protecting the wood.

2. How Is Edge Banding Applied?

Essentially, an edge band is a thin strip of impermeable PVC that is cut to fit the size of a wood panel. It is then applied to the raw edge using a strong adhesive. A heat roller is then used to melt the adhesive and glue the edge band over the wood. The ends are trimmed flush and bent so that they cover the wood and do not have any sharp ends.

The machine that is used for this process is called an edgebander. It does an amazing job of binding the strip to the wood, trimming the leading and trailing edges, trimming the top and bottom flush with the wooden substrate, scrape off any surplus glue and buff the finished edge to give a flawless finish.

3. Are There Different Edge Bands For Different Wood Materials?

Modular furniture is made using engineered wood. As such, the wood is treated and made resistant to moisture by treatments. However, it is a natural tendency of wood to absorb water and that cannot be changed completely – it can only be reduced. Edge banding protects the wooden panels in your furniture from moisture, thus reducing the effects of atmospheric humidity, liquid spills and such on the strength and durability of the wood. So, the next time you spill coffee on your table and it drips down the edge, thank the edge banding for protecting the wood.

4. Is PVC The Only Material For Edge Banding?

Conventional carpenters use teak wood bands to cover raw edges. PVC, acrylic, wood, or wood veneer – all of these can be used to create an edge band tape. Why then does most modular furniture have PVC edge bands? The answer is simple. PVC is impermeable so it reduces water absorption by a much greater degree. Also, modular furniture comes in a much wider variety of colours and shades than real wood. PVC strips can be produced to match the exact shade and finish of your modular panel, thus creating a seamless look. Also, as compared to real wood bands PVC (and other commercially used edge bands) are easier to use on curved surfaces.

5. PVC edge bands are impermeable

PVC edge bands come in varying shades and colours and can be custom made
It can be easily used on curved surfaces unlike real wood bands