Probably the most common door style in New Zealand is the plain flat coloured melamine door as found in the flatpack and kitset kitchen of the big shed stores. With its PCV edgeband its a durable and cost-effective type of door, easily cleaned and replaced but with little character. If you’re buying a kitchen on a tight budget then this is what you’re likely to get.
However, there are many door styles available that are suitable for either timber, laquered or vinyl wrapped doors. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the design, the more expensive the door. Vinyl wrapping is probablyly the cheapest way to enjoy a coloured profile door unless you’re prepared to paint them yourself.
Solid timber doors require traditional joinery construction from seperate components, i.e. the frame is made up of the stiles (the vertical pieces and rails (the horizontal pieces) enclosing a panel. The panel is rarely solid timber because it is prone to movement and warping. Instead, it is usually made from MDF, which is veneered to match the frame.
Doors for laquering or vinyl wrap are usually made from MDF with the pattern routered out. There are few companies in NZ that have the machinery for this so kitchen suppliers generally source from the same suppliers as each other. Always ensure that the doors you get are made of moisture resistant board, MUF and not the ordinary kind, which will swell due to water penetrating through cuts and chips.