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Solid wood kitchen cabinets vs. laminate: Which is better?

If you are remodeling your kitchen, then perhaps you are considering replacing your old cabinetry with new solid wood kitchen cabinets. Of course, if you have researched kitchen cabinets, then you probably know that laminate cabinets are another available choice for your remodeling project. The question is which type of cabinetry is right for your kitchen?

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Choosing between solid wood kitchen cabinets and laminate cabinets

Consider these factors before making a choice:

  1. Price. In general, you can expect to pay less for laminate cabinets than for those made from solid wood, but keep in mind that the cost of laminate cabinets can increase if you choose a high pressure laminate, which is superior to standard laminates in both quality and durability. Another factor that can effect the cost of your new cabinets is the material that is used to construct the cabinet box. For example, solid wood kitchen cabinets that are constructed with a plywood carcass--the box--may cost more than laminate cabinets, which are usually constructed with a particle board carcass.
  2. Appearance. The natural grain patterns and color hues found in real wood cabinets are distinct and easily recognized, and although some laminates adequately replicate the look of real wood, laminate cabinets are none the less, not real wood. Yet if you plan to install painted cabinets in your kitchen, then it may not be necessary to purchase solid wood cabinets, because some high quality laminate cabinets, such as those made by Aristokraft, look strikingly similar to painted wood cabinets.
  3. Longevity. Solid wood kitchen cabinets can usually outlast laminate cabinets, especially in locations with high humidity. While some wood cabinets may darken with age, they can usually withstand wear and tear better than laminate cabinets, which may deteriorate more quickly over the long haul.

Regardless of which type of kitchen cabinets you choose, new cabinets are a considerable investment in your home. After considering all the factors of your remodeling project, compare cabinet samples while in your kitchen. Then you can choose the style and finish that best suits the room's decor and other noticeable features.


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