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Frequently Asked Questions About Cabinets

As Michigan’s number one pick for kitchen and bathroom remodeling, All in One Design Build understands the importance of a good cabinet. You want cabinets that are sturdy and resilient but also a stylish fit for your decor. 

For the best cabinets, ask your remodeling company or installers a series of questions to ensure the best outcome. Some popular cabinet FAQs include the following:

Q. What Type of Material Is Best for Cabinets? 

The material you choose will determine the longevity and style of your new cabinets. Among the most popular choices is wood. Solid wood guarantees diversity in surfaces that can withstand years of slamming, including:

  •     Sheesham
  •     Teak
  •     Cherry
  •     Maple
  •     Meranti

From different colors and textures to your choice of stain or varnish, you can have the cabinets of your dreams without the nightmare of future damage. 

However, our cabinet FAQs are here to prove not all wood is created equal. If you’re looking to cut costs by investing in cheaper materials like fiberboards or plywood under eight layers thick, you’ll end up spending more in the long run. These poor-quality materials will have more knots than solid wood, making them more prone to cracks, chips, and dents over time. 

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Q. Is Stainless Steel the Best Choice?

Stainless steel cabinets usually match the look of surrounding appliances like refrigerators and stoves, making them a popular choice in many residences. They also give a sleek touch of elegance and luxury to a given bathroom or kitchen. More importantly, as the name suggests, they are stain-resistant and rust-proof, making them easy to clean. 

Stainless steel comes in four main finishes, including:

  •     Plain: A smooth glossy finish 
  •     Brushed: A bristle brush buffs the surface to a matte look
  •     Etched: Etching creates designs and textures by removing a thin layer of material for an added touch of style 
  •     Patterned: A cold roll process stamps a print onto the surface of the material, creating intricate designs

While stainless steel can last a lifetime, it consists of a few repairable minor issues. Although outdoor cabinets are more susceptible to rust and corrosion, indoor stainless steel cabinets are prone to rusting as well. Whether you’re repolishing oxidized surfaces or wiping down excessive fingerprints, it may take a little more care to keep them looking brand new.

Q. Should I Try High-Pressure Laminates?

If wood isn’t right for you, high-pressure laminates (HPLs) are the next best thing. Although made with thin layers of paper and plastic resin, the durable plastic coat creates a tough and impenetrable finish. Within these layers, you can have different matte or glossy designs that give depth to your piece, or you can choose the sturdier Unicore option that has the same design mirrored throughout each layer. 

Although laminates can peel with unprofessional installation, a proper installation can ensure your printed paper layers remain intact wipe after wipe. That’s why you should count on a professional team like the one at All in One Design Build to install and design your HPLs correctly.

Q. What Are the Pros and Cons of Polyvinyl Chloride?

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheets, like laminates, contain a resilient plastic finish that makes the cabinets waterproof. More importantly, they can withstand wear and tear from excessive use, corrosion, and termites. Many would even prefer them above woods and HPLs since they’re economically and financially sound. 

Still, PVCs have their downside. If you’re looking for elaborate patterns, PVCs do not offer a wide variety since most consist of lighter colors and simple designs. What’s more, PVC cabinets are compatible with fewer knobs, tracks, and hinges. They’re also less resistant to heat since they can yellow or soften near stoves or other heating mechanisms.

Q. Why Are Cabinets Created with the Same Material Priced Differently?

Among the most commonly asked questions about cabinets is: “Why the wide price range?” Cabinet prices vary depending on the quality of the material used. For instance, solid woods like cherry and teak typically cost more than oak or plywood due to their durability. 

Moreover, adding a stain or specific finish to your cabinets may prove costly. For instance, customizing your etched or patterned stainless steel cabinets will cost more than plain or brushed ones. Also, a flat center panel, which gives a minimalistic feel, is cheaper than a raised center panel.

Q. Are High-Quality Hinges Worth the Cost?

Certain accessories like high-quality hinges and tracks can make a difference in overall price as well. For one thing, soft-close hinges are slam-proof and noise-proof. Such features ensure the integrity of the hinges and cabinets alike. 

For more information on the hinges, you can find answers quickly by searching up the hinge manufacturer. You can find the name etched on the hinge’s surface. 

For this and more cabinet FAQs, please reach out to the cabinet experts at All in One Design Build at 517-552-5985 today!

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Michigan’s #1 Choice

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Howell, MI 48843

John Ward Owner of All in One Kitchen & Bath