Not all kitchen cabinets are created equal. The materials they are built from (as well as how they’re built) have a huge impact on the durability of your cabinets, and as a result, on their cost.
For your Milpitas kitchen remodel, you should take into consideration the material the cabinets are made from, in addition to their appearance and usability.
Most cabinets available to you are made of wood, but if you wish, it is possible to get stainless steel. Stainless steel is the most durable and the easiest to clean (worst case, get some steel wool and buff it up) but most people stick to wood.
Not all wood cabinets are created equal.
The type of wood used to build the cabinet affects the sturdiness and durability.
Solid wood cabinets are, as the name implies, made of solid pieces of wood. Often a section of the cabinet (frame, side, etc) is made of more than one piece, but each piece is solid wood. Solid wood cabinets tend to be the most durable, but are not available in your local Home Depot or Lowe’s. As you may have guessed, these are the most expensive cabinets available, due to the quality of their construction.
Engineered woods are where we make cabinets out of wood that is other than solid wood.
Plywood (pictured above, right) is considered to be the sturdiest of the engineered woods, as each ply of wood has it’s grain running a different way. This gives plywood a strength even above and beyond natural wood.
MDF (medium density fiberboard) is similar to particle board, but is made with wood fibers of soft woods rather than wood particles. MDF is considered to be sturdier than particle board.
Particle board (pictured above, left) is a “wood sandwich” of sorts, where wood particles are fused together with a glue. Particle board cabinets are the most common due to the fact they are the cheapest. They are also the least durable.
I hope this information is useful to you.
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