San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 26, 2012
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), kitchen cabinets can take up to as much as 40 percent of a kitchen remodeling budget. That means choosing cabinets can be a nerve wracking decision. How does a homeowner separate a well-made cabinet from a cheap imitation? What materials should a consumer look for and what materials should be avoided? Today, Allen Remodel released guidelines to help Carlsbad homeowners better understand the differences in cabinet construction and materials.
“To get the most for your money, it’s important to understand the differences in cabinet construction and materials and how those elements impact their quality and durability,” says Paul Allen, owner of Allen Remodel and custom cabinet maker. “Although a homeowner does not need to know every detail about the materials used, understanding the basics can help a homeowner make the right decisions.”
The following materials are typically used in cabinet construction:
Solid Wood - Just as the term implies, this refers to solid homogeneous wood. Solid woods are generally used to build cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
Plywood - Plywood refers to wood that is layered together to form sheets. Typically layers alternate in direction of the grain to give the board or panel more rigidity and stability. Plywood is typically used for shelving, doors, and cabinet boxes.
Particle Board - Particle board is made from wood chips and particles combined with an adhesive and fused together into boards and panels. Particle board has a lack of linear grain structure which means it is more likely to break, sag, or bend under a load. In addition, water absorption is a problem. Many cabinet companies use melamine coated particle board which is water resistant to build the cabinet box. However, if exposed edges in joints are not carefully sealed, water damage can occur.
According to Consumer Reports, the best material to use for cabinet boxes is furniture-grade plywood; coated particleboard should be avoided. Allen Remodel agrees. They do not use particle board/melamine boxes, but instead use 100% wood construction with high quality solid wood and plywood for all their cabinets.
About Allen Remodel
Allen Remodel is a design-build company specializing in kitchen and bath remodeling. The company builds their own cabinets locally, which allows them to have full control of the scheduling and completion of their projects. Because Allen Remodel does not work on multiple jobs at the same time, homeowners can have peace of mind they are number one until their project is completed. In addition, they do not start a project until all cabinets are finished which can cut down lead times by six weeks. Allen Remodeling proudly serves North San Diego County.