Lucette Gallois. Kitchen Cabinet. January 10th , 2018.
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.
But even for professional contractors who may build dozens of kitchens a year, it can be difficult to confidently advise clients on selecting a finish that will enhance the overall kitchen environment and is appropriate to its level of use, as well as provide the best possible quality at an affordable price.
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.
It‘s durable, weatherproof, and matches your grill, but not all stainless steel is created equal. Look for 304 stainless steel. "And check the rigidity," says Russ. "It should feel stiff, not flexible. Welded corners are the best, otherwise they can come apart if the patio or deck shifts."
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