Looking for cabinets in Burlington? You’re not alone! Many homeowners choose to purchase cabinets locally, due to the wide variety of styles and options available. In this guide, we will walk you through the entire process of buying cabinets, from start to finish. We’ll discuss cabinet materials, sizing, installation, and more! By the end of this guide, you’ll be an expert on cabinets and ready to make your purchase in Burlington.
Let’s get started! There are a few things to consider before purchasing cabinets. First, you’ll need to decide what material you want your cabinets to be made from. The cabinet is made of several components, the door, the box, the trims, and the hardware.
Different type of cabinet door material
There are a few different materials that are popular among Burlington kitchen renovations, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. The most common materials are wood, thermofoil, laminate, and MDF.
Wood cabinet doors are the most traditional option and come in a variety of finishes, such as oak, maple, cherry, and walnut. They are also the most expensive option. Depending on the style of the door and manufacture, the door may not be 100% wood. For example, certain manufacturers uses wood for the frame of a shaker door and MDF in the center of the shaker. This increases the stability of the shaker door for Canadian winter. If the entire shaker door is constructed using wood, it may lead to pressure cracks at the points. The MDF insert reduces the risk of pressure crack. This type of cabinet is most popular in Headon and Microsoft communities.
Thermofoil cabinet doors are made from a thin plastic material that is heat-pressed onto a wooden frame. They are durable and resistant to scratches and moisture, but they can’t be refinished if they become damaged. Thermofoil door is most affordable door style between the four types of material. This is an excellent choice for rental units, basement, and laundry. The typical life expectancy of this type of door is around 5-8 years which is shorter than the other options on the list.
MDF cabinets doors are made from a composite of wood fibers and resin, which gives them a smooth finish. Similar to wood cabinets, they can be spray painted. The MDF shaker doors are usually made with one piece versus wood made of several pieces. MDF can also be used as core for Thermofoil and laminate cabinets. Spray painted MDF is slightly lower than wood but higher than Thermofoil and laminate.
Laminated cabinets doors are similar in the production cycle as thermofoil with higher durability. The laminated cabinet can mirror the look of stained wood cabinets. It’s also scratch-resistant and modern. All laminated cabinets are flat doors and the pricing is higher than thermofoil while lower than custom MDF and wood cabinets.
What is Cabinet door overlay
A half overlay cabinet door is a door that covers the front of the cabinet box, but leaves the frame around the edge of the cabinet exposed. This type of door is popular among the frameless cabinets because it gives the appearance of a fully overlay door with easy adjustment.
A full overlay cabinet door is a door that covers the front and sides of the cabinet box, hiding the frame completely. This type of door is popular among the framed cabinet style.
An inset cabinet door is a door that is set into a rabbeted or recessed frame. This type of door is popular among the traditional cabinet style. The door is flush with the frame.
Different Types of cabinet box
There are two popular options for cabinet box material: wood, plywood, and particleboard.
Plywood cabinet boxes are made from thin sheets of wood that are glued together in layers. They are usually available in white and natural wood color. Plywood cabinets are more durable than particleboard cabinets and can withstand heavy use. They are also less likely to warp or sag over time. Plywood costs significantly higher than particleboard.
Particleboard cabinets are made from wood chips that are glued and pressed together. There are several levels to particleboard boxes. The quality of particleboard is based on glue and how it’s compressed. It’s difficult to tell quality by the naked eye. If in doubt, plywood would be the better option.
Different types of cabinet trim
Crown molding is a type of trim that is used to cover the seams between cabinets and the ceiling. It is available in a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, and metal. Crown molding can be used to add visual interest to your cabinets or to disguise any imperfections. Wooden crown molding is the most popular option and comes in a variety of styles, such as traditional or contemporary. It can be painted or stained to match your cabinets. Wooden crown molding is also the most expensive option. These wood crown moldings are heavy and are supported by risers.
Light valence is a type of trim under the cabinet to cover the under cabinet lights. The most popular style is wooden light valence because it can be stained or painted to match the cabinets. Metal light valence is usually used in a commercial setting such as restaurant kitchens. It’s more durable but not as easy to customize the look.
Cabinet dummy doors are cabinet doors used as trims in kitchen design. They are frequently used beside the fridge, on one end of the island for aesthetics. They are usually made of the same material as the other cabinet doors. This is a very popular element in many European kitchen design styles we have done.
A toe kick is a type of trim that is used to cover the seams between cabinets and the floor. Most toe kicks are made of wood with few cabinet manufacturers starting to use metal. Toe kick can use to hide the unevenness of the flooring. A highly skilled carpenter can also build decorative feets
Finish panels are used at the end of a cabinet run to eliminate gaps. The panel is frequently used beside the fridge and spots where color differences are pronounced. In many cases, the cabinet boxes and the cabinet door has different color due to the way it’s manufactured. The finished panel can be used to ensure the exposed portion of the cabinet run has a matching color to the door.
There are three types of cabinet hardware, motion control components such as hinges and slides, handles, and storage accessories such as spice racks. Motion control components are the only mandatory component within the cabinet assembly, there are alternatives for the other two.
The best motion control components companies are based in Europe with Chinese companies closely followed. The quality of the component is defined by life expectancy of the core technology and the weight it can handle. Soft-close hinge for example. A Blum motion hinge is designed to open and close 200,000 times and can handle the weight of all standard cabinet doors and most glass doors. A Chinese manufactured DTC hinge can open and close in about the same amount of time but the weight-bearing is slightly weaker. Cabinet slides are judge by the same principle with one twist. There are bottom mount slides and side mount slides. The bottom mount slides can handle more weight compared to the side mount. However, side mounts perform better in tight locations.
The most popular cabinet choices are either knobs, pulls, or cups. A combination of konb and pulls is currently in trend. One feature that the pulls have and not the others is the length. Longer pulls for larger cabinets and shorter pulls for small cabinets. Some pulls are available from 1 inch to 18 inches long. Handless cabinet is a popular option for modern flat-panel cabinets. The handles cabinets are usually achieved by three methods, gola edge, push to open, or routered edge to create a grab space. Push to open is the most affordable option. Gola edge and routered edge are more expensive due to material and workmanship. The Gola edge has a metallic trim either black and silver to add more accent while routered edge is more seamless.
There are almost infinite cabinet accessories to choose from to help with daily life. One popular option is a spice rack, which can help keep cabinets organized and clutter-free. Another handy accessory is a lazy Susan, which can be used to store items such as pots and pans or baking dishes. cabinets can also be equipped with storage solutions such as pull-out shelves or drawer dividers. There are also non-built-in accessories like a wine rack and cup holder that you can order to improve the storage for your specific use. Aside from pre-made accessories, you can speak with your kitchen designer about custom accessories that they can manufacture for you during the process.
Cabinet installation is a job best left to the professionals. However, if you are handy and have some experience with home improvement projects, you may be able to install cabinets yourself. Custom cabinets are usually ready to install right out the box while semi-custom and stock cabinets will require assembly. There are many videos online that explain the process. Before starting the installation process, make sure you have all of the necessary tools and materials. The most important thing to remember is to take your time and measure twice before cutting once.
Here are a few tips for a successful cabinet installation:
1. Make sure you have a level surface to work on.
2. Always use a saw guide when cutting cabinet parts, especially if you’re not comfortable using a saw.
3. When installing cabinets against a wall, leave a ¼-inch gap between the cabinets and the wall to allow for proper ventilation.
4. Make sure the cabinets are level before attaching them to the wall or cabinets below them.
5. Use cabinet screws instead of nails when installing cabinets as they are more secure and less likely to pull out over time.
If you follow these tips, you should be able to install cabinets like a pro. However, if you’re still not comfortable with the idea of installing cabinets yourself, it’s always best to hire a professional.
Installing cabinets is a big job and one that should not be taken lightly. If done correctly, however, it can completely transform the look of your kitchen. With this complete guide to buying cabinets in Burlington, you’ll be well on your way to getting the kitchen of your dreams. Thanks for reading!
cabinets are a big investment and should not be taken lightly. With the right planning, however, you can ensure that your cabinets are installed properly and look great in your kitchen. If you are looking to renovate your kitchen in Burlington or surrounding regions, reach out to us and we can help.