Have you ever seen the making of furniture? Then, you might have noticed that wooden boards have a raw edge when cut. If this raw edge is left uncovered, it can pose serious problems for the furniture. Besides looking unsightly and scratching the skin in case someone bumps into them, these exposed edges allow moisture to seep in, and that makes the wood warp and become lumpy. This is where Edge Banding comes in and is the one and only tool to prevent these issues.
Professionals of PVC Edging Service place these edge bands on the end of raw wood boards to cover the ends, thereby sealing them from moisture.
Edge Banding- What is it?
Edge Banding is nothing but the process of covering the raw edges of wood panels with a strip of PVC, wood, or resinous material. The narrow strips are known by the name of edge bands. Edge Banding, on a commercial scale, is done using industry-grade heat applicators and a hot-melt adhesive by professionals of PVC Edging Service. The material that is mostly used for modular furniture is PVC, which is pretty easy to fix and also has a long life.
Why should your furniture have an Edge Band?
Engineered wood is mainly used to make modular furniture. As such, the wood is subjected to several treatments in order to make it resistant to moisture. Wood also has a natural tendency to absorb water. Although this tendency cannot be removed completely, it can be reduced to a great extent. Edge Banding serves to protect the wooden panels in your furniture from moisture, thereby minimizing the effects of liquid spills and atmospheric humidity. This in turn increases the strength and durability of the wood. So, there is no need to worry the next time you spill coffee on your table and it drips down the edge. All credits go to the Edge Banding for protecting the wood.
Is PVC the only material for Edge Banding?
You will find some conventional carpenters who use teak wood bands to cover the raw edges of wooden boards. PVC, acrylic, wood, or wood veneer are some of the materials that make up Edge Band Tape. However, PVC edge bands are mostly used for modular furniture. The reason being PVC is impermeable, thereby reducing water absorption to a great extent. Also, there is a much wider variety of shades and colors for modular furniture than the options available for real wood. The only thing that can match the exact shade and finish of your modular panel is PVC strips, thereby creating a seamless look. Moreover, unlike real wood bands, PVC Edge Banding used by experts in PVC Edging service is easier to use on curved surfaces.
So, here we will be taking a look at the prime reasons that make PVC a popular choice for Edge Banding:
Edge Bands made of PVC are impermeable
They can be custom-made and also come in a variety of shades and colors.
One can easily use them on curved surfaces, unlike real wood bands.
How to apply Edge Banding?
As aforementioned, 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 by making use of a strong adhesive. Then, a heat roller is used to melt the adhesive and glue the edge band over the wood. In order to ensure that they completely cover the wood and don’t have any sharp ends, the ends are trimmed flush and bent by those providing PVC Edging Services. Post which, any surplus glue is scraped off and the finished edge is buffed and that is something that gives a flawless finish. The machine that is used for the process is popularly known as an Edge Bander.
What is the probability that if Edge Bands are glued to wood, they won’t come off easily?
PVA (Poly Vinyl Acetate) and PA (Polyamide) hot-melt glues are the most frequently used glues for Edge Banding. These are extremely malleable under high temperatures. These are also tough and durable under low temperatures. They are water-resistant and most importantly they are dry-clear. A good furniture provider will ascertain that their pieces have the best glue for edge bands so that they do not come off and chip easily. Before making a purchase, you should ask the seller about the kind of glue they use for manufacturing.
You will get a wide plethora of edge bands available in the market, from 3D acrylic tapes to pre-glued ones. Call for a PVC Edging Service and let them decide on the type of material that will suit your furniture in the best way possible.