Delorie Countertops & Doors opened in Pompano Beach, FL in 1999. Since then we have continued to grow into one of the premier countertop fabricators and cabinet door, component and cabinetry distributors in Southeast Florida.
The kitchen is the heart and soul of any house, so when it comes to kitchen renovation, there are many things to consider. Along with countertops, kitchen cabinets are one of the most essential parts of the room and are vital in creating precisely the look you’ve always wanted for your kitchen. At Delorie Countertops & Doors, we have over 20 years of experience in cabinetry, so we put together this little guide to help you figure out the suitable kitchen cabinets for you. Whether you’re looking for something rustic and homey or sleek and modern, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
When redesigning your kitchen, there are three different cabinet constructions you can opt for: stock, custom, or semi-custom.
It doesn’t matter if you are a contractor or a homeowner, our designers can help you with the selection of your kitchen cabinet components, options and design. We will produce plans, elevations and 3D perspectives for your kitchen and baths projects.
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As you might imagine, even stock cabinets can be found in a wide range of styles and materials. So before deciding on one, it’s worth doing some research into all the different types of kitchen cabinets out there. Here’s a quick rundown of the basics:
Solid Wood Cabinets
Timeless and classic, solid wood cabinets have been a favorite for homeowners for centuries. Wood is highly flexible as a material, meaning that you can find pretty much any style you can imagine in wood. It’s also relatively inexpensive, which means even custom cabinets in solid wood aren’t too pricey. Each type of wood has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s worth looking into the differences between them. The biggest downside of wood is its vulnerability to water damage. With wood cabinets, you should be careful to avoid too much splashing from the sink and keep a close eye out for any accumulation of moisture. Wood is also prone to bug infestations, although some woods, like cedar, are more resistant. Either way, make sure to keep any food locked away in airtight containers, just in case.
Medium Density Fiberboard Cabinets
Medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, is a composite material made from wood fibers and resins. MDF cabinets are rigid, resistant to cracking or peeling, and are easily repainted or customized. They also have a smoother and sleeker feel and look than solid wood, which can look lovely in a more modern kitchen. However, MDF cabinets aren’t as easy to repair as solid wood, and they can sometimes break down in extreme heat.
Plywood cabinets are made of multiple layers of wood pressed together and covered in a thin laminate coat. This makes them more lightweight than MDF or solid wood cabinets, which is excellent for anything hanging off the wall. The laminate coating also protects plywood from damage and helps hold screws and nails tighter than other materials. However, plywood can easily be damaged by water and generally doesn’t last as long as some other cabinet materials. The water damage can be mitigated by buying BWR grade plywood instead of the less expensive MR grade.
Stainless Steel Cabinets
Sleek and polished, stainless steel cabinets are a hip choice for a more modern or high-end style kitchen. These are especially useful in humid climates since stainless steel is entirely resistant to water damage. Stainless steel cabinets are also rust-proof, as well as altogether immune to any insect damage. They’re also the most eco-friendly option, which can be a plus for the environmentally-minded homeowner. However, stainless steel isn’t without its downsides. It’s one of the most expensive materials for cabinets, which can be a deal-breaker for some consumers. Stainless steel also shows scratches and fingerprints quickly and can sometimes dent if slammed too hard.
Particleboard, also known as chipboard, comprises shavings, wood chips, sawdust, and other wood waste materials. These shavings are mixed with resin and formed into inexpensive, lightweight sheets. Particleboard cabinets are perfect for renovations on a budget, as quickly as the most reasonably priced material. However, they are prone to discoloration and swelling from moisture, so they may not work as well in humid areas.
Whatever it is you’re looking for, we at Delorie Countertops & Doors have the experience and the know-how to help you every step of the way. So if you’re interested in a quote, or more in-depth information on kitchen cabinets, give us a call at (954) 970-7661 or visit us at either our Pompano Beach or Vero Beach locations.