Extending the life of your kitchen starts with choosing quality materials. Picking the perfect material to match your style with a long lasting finish will keep you from having to replace fittings for years.
Most cabinets are traditionally made from wood in some form, whether solid or composite, but there are other kitchen cabinet materials that offer some unique pros to finishing off the room.
Starting with wood, a solid timber is a durable and reliable material for a kitchen cabinet. Hardwood is a resilient option, each cut of wood has its own unique knots and streaks to make your cabinets stand out. Timber can also be used for floors and timber frame accents and designs make beautiful additions to any kitchen.
The durability and overall quality of hardwood makes it a more desirable choice over a softwood option. Because of this it is a little more expensive, but in terms of an investment will certainly save you money in the long run while delivering the look and resilience needed.
Style is obviously important too, and while wood is the most commonly used cabinet material for a number of reasons, a standout one is it’s timeless style and ability to mesh with pretty much any theme you go with for your kitchen.
A laminate cabinet gives you an incredible choice when it comes to colour, and is shinier than paint which can chip over time.
Kitchen based laminate is moisture resistant and better at handling wear and tear damage than wood. It’s easily wiped down and is relatively inexpensive compared to other materials.
The environmental aspect of laminate cabinets should not be ignored. They are less wasteful to produce than wood, and are made with a modern, contemporary look to suit most styles.
The more economical choice for new, long lasting kitchen cabinets is PVC. Like laminate, it is water and oil resistant, and also doesn’t corrode due to it’s tough nature.
It’s also easy to install and a dependable, cheaper option than other materials. While not having the same color pop or range as laminate, it can be finished with patterns or faux-wood finishes.
Just because it is the most economical option doesn’t mean you sacrifice quality or lifetime. PVC is termite proof and fire retardant too, meaning very little to nothing that goes on in your kitchen will wear it down. The cabinets themselves will more than likely still be there if and when you decide to leave the property.
Stainless steel or aluminium is a bold choice to go with for your kitchen cabinets, but if you’re looking for a unique look and feel there’s few materials that will achieve a wow factor.
Treated metal is stain and rust resistant, and extremely hard wearing. It’s easy to clean down, so no troublesome stains from cooking or children’s messy habits.
It can be a little harsh at first, but team it with glass to brighten the look. You can also give it different finishes like carved or brushed.
Whichever material you use, make sure it’s treated appropriately and tightly installed to ensure maximum life.