Outdoor Kitchen Experts See New Trends in Materials: SouthernStone Cabinets Uses Vycom HDPE to Replace Wood

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SouthernStone Cabinets and other kitchen experts in South Florida have high demand for outdoor kitchens, but the climate eats wood alive. So the company now uses Vycom's HDPE cabinetry material to fight heat, humidity and the rainy season. The cabinets are more durable and stay looking like natural wood without the hassles year after year.

HDPE from Vycom replaces wood in SouthernStone's elegant outdoor cabinetry

Vycom's HDPE provides a weather-resistant surface that will not rust, rot, corrode, delaminate or splinter over time,” said Dave Baccari of SouthernStone Cabinets. “The overall result is low-maintenance which contributes to an easy outdoor lifestyle.”

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According to South Florida outdoor kitchen design experts, homeowners seek more than ever to bring the indoors outside. Lanai living now features everything from large stonework grills, cabinetry, sinks, bars fireplaces and pizza ovens made from Vycom’s High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) to replace wood. Outdoor kitchens can provide the ideal gathering place for entertainment, according to Dave Baccari, President of SouthernStone Cabinets located in Largo, FL.

“By using HDPE materials, our design options are endless and the material is low maintenance and easy to clean, standing up to the wear and tear of outdoor environments,” he said. “As these outdoor living areas become larger and more elaborate, HDPE cabinetry has become a standout material in providing long-term durability with beautifully crafted looks.”

Baccari said it’s imperative to use materials throughout his entire line of outdoor cabinetry that are designed to withstand the elements. To demonstrate SouthernStone’s commitment to durability, the company has chosen to craft their outdoor cabinetry using Vycom’s HDPE combined with stainless steel screws and hinges to make them impervious to the weather. “HDPE provides a weather-resistant surface that will not rust, rot, corrode, delaminate or splinter over time,” he said. “The overall result is low-maintenance which contributes to an easy outdoor lifestyle.”

Beyond easy care, homeowner demand for style and great looks prompted SouthernStone to feature nine different door styles ranging from a contemporary, slab design to a grooved panel, shaker style door, as well as complete customization of cabinet size and depth. With colors of white, black and shades of gray, there’s no need for painting. “All of our HDPE doors are produced internally using CNC routing equipment for a long-lasting, well-designed look,” said Baccari.

Vycom, based in Scranton, PA, has also launched additional new colors to their HDPE collection in the Designboard product family specifically for outdoor cabinetry, which offers a designer line of rich colors and textures that have the toughness of HDPE with the brilliant look of metal or the natural look of wood.

Doug Haynes, CEO of KitchenArt, a dealer of SouthernStone’s in Coral Springs and Orlando, FL, and a full service remodeling firm, agrees that the trend toward outdoor kitchens is growing. And he says any attempts at using wood products, even cedar and cypress, is a losing battle. “They can only survive in this climate for a few years,” said Haynes. Serving South Florida since 1989, Haynes says KitchenArt’s installers have replaced rotted wood over and over again.

As the desire for outdoor kitchens heats up, architects are designing these areas into new homes and builders are making them part of the models in new developments. Haynes says the replacement materials produced by Vycom are being featured as options in these models.

With the intensity of Florida’s heat, sunlight and summer rains, SouthernStone’s dealers stress they want a product that will withstand all that Mother Nature can throw at it.

But what do these alternative materials run in cost? Baccari sums it up: “We need to educate the homeowners that although HDPE may cost a bit more upfront, you will actually see a return on investment very quickly, because of the way wood deteriorates and is an expensive maintenance cost with labor, repair and replacement.”

For more information, contact SouthernStone Cabinets at 727-538-0123 or visit http://www.southernstonecabinets.com.

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Vycom, a division of CPG International, is dedicated to maintaining an environment where quality meets performance. Vycom offers the largest range of products, capabilities and inventory for all your Olefin and PVC needs. For more information, visit http://www.vycomplastics.com.

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