Kitchen Cabinet. Sunday , February 04th , 2018 - 15:03:46 PM
Wood is more expensive than any of the composite cabinet materials available, and solid wood doors and drawer fronts are typical in high-quality cabinets. Examples of the more luxurious woods used in quality cabinets are cherry, mahogany, chestnut and cypress. These woods are durable, naturally beautiful, less common and therefore significantly more expensive to use. When considering the quality of your kitchen cabinets, the insides matter as well. The boxes of cabinets themselves are often made of particleboard or even medium-density fiberboard (MDF). These compressed-wood options are often used by cabinet builders to reduce the cost of the project. In high-end cabinetry, you might find solid-wood cabinet frames as well as doors; however this drives up the cost of your cabinets significantly. Regardless of the material used, the insides of high-quality cabinets should be smooth, not rough to the touch, with shelves at least three-quarters of an inch thick. Dovetail construction is recommended over glued joints to provide cabinets that hold up to heavy use. This mortise-and-tenon or dovetail joinery is seen in the highest-quality cabinets and will definitely drive up the cost of your remodeling project.
Laminate is a highly processed, super-hard plastic that sticks to existing cabinet boxes with adhesive. You can buy this in sheets already coated with a self-stick adhesive; this is slightly more expensive, but also much more convenient and easier. As an alternative, you can apply the adhesive separately. Laminate is hard and durable, so it doesn‘t mold easily and can really only be used practically on very plainly styled cabinet boxes.
One of the major advantages to using laminate, other than its low cost, is that it is a durable material that will hold up to the heavy use of the average kitchen. It doesn‘t warp with time like wood can, and it‘s resistant to fading. It also holds stain color uniformly so each cabinet will be exactly the same throughout your kitchen. Laminate is also available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and door styles, so it can be used in both traditional and modern kitchens, depending on your specific style and taste.
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