Melamine finishes are very durable and suitable if you're likely to be using the table in a kitchen where you might be putting hot pots/pans straight on to it. The melamine finish is quite resistant to this, as well as scratches, water etc. They are great, practical, durable tables as well as being small to store folded when not in use!
The polished veneer finishes are beautiful, very popular and perfect if you're prepared to give them the odd bit of spit and polish. The veneers are real wood so the teak veneer is a real teak veneer! Why do we use veneers and not solid wood? Well there's several good reasons;
- Weight - solid wood is heavy. The whole point of our gateleg and drop leaf tables are they are easy to use, convenient and to some extent, portable! We know our customers, and we know a lot of them are not able to lift a great deal, yet they like to move their table around. As such we keep them as light but as sturdy as we can.
- Cost - we're not going to hide it, solid wood costs more! We believe our products represent excellent value for money and the quality speaks for itself. Solid wood would not add much more to the quality but would add a huge amount to the price. We think we've got the quality and price balance just right and many many of our customers agree!
- Warping - Solid wood has inherent variability. A large leaf made from solid wood (well numerous pieces bound together as trees tend not to come that wide!) would be vulnerable to warping/twisting/bending/cracking as it heats and cools in a heated house. Especially given that the tables could be stored right up against a radiator. Using veneer or melamine avoids a lot of these problems, looks almost as good and costs a fraction of the price.
So now you know! Hopefully now the choice of veneer or melamine is a little easier to make!