Do you know what the most common material for cabinetry is? You guessed it, wood! Wood cabinets are what we specify the most for our clients. Wood has many options, whether it is maple, cherry, oak and so on. But what about the clients that are considering options other than wood? Well, we got choices for them too! If you’re not sure about what cabinet material to go with, continue reading below on alternate materials (and be sure to check out our blog covering the different types of wood species)!
Thermofoil has come a long way. Today, you will find various finishes and looks of thermofoil. It’s known for its durability and easy to maintain qualities, but be wary of direct heat sources because thermofoil could unpeel. Thermofoil is a vinyl that is a heated and vacuum applied, which is stretched to cover the cabinet (including the edges). Unlike the texture of wood cabinets, thermofoil cabinets are smooth and resistant to chipping.
Melamine finishes have also come a long way with their finish options and textures. The melamine coating is super durable and easy to maintain. It’s made of paper with a resin, which is applied through pressure and heat, and allows for consistency in the finish. Be aware that melamine cabinets tend to be heavier than regular wood cabinets.
Metal cabinets don’t only belong in a chef’s kitchen; they can also be incorporated into your kitchen! Typically, metal cabinets are stainless steel giving it a sleek and clean look. When considering metal cabinets, think of different ways to use metal. We love using it as accents or decorative doors with glass. For that little extra flair, consider incorporating metal cabinets!
If you’re looking for cabinets with a high gloss finish, look no further! Acrylic cabinets come in various colors and can make your dream of a modern kitchen come true. This material is created by laminating a sheet of acrylic (or other thermoplastic materials) to MDF. The quality of the acrylic cabinets makes them durable and super easy to maintain, but know they’re susceptible to scratches.
So, now that you know cabinet material other than wood, what will you go for?