Bored with wood cabinets? Consider metal. Emerging trends, from the professional gourmet kitchen all the way back to 1950s retro are making this option increasingly popular. In addition, there are lots of choices in modern and traditional styles. Let’s see if metal kitchen cabinets are right for your home.
The cost of installing metal kitchen cabinets depends on a variety of factors—the size of the kitchen, cost of labor, quality and thickness of the metal, manufacturer, and whether the cabinets are strictly metal or have an underlying material (such as particleboard). For detailed cost estimates, contact a local kitchen contractor in your area.
While metal cabinets are susceptible to scratches and dents, they are one of the most durable kitchen cabinetry options. However, if you decide to go with metal cabinets that have a base underlay, make sure that is sturdy as well. Particle board, for instance, can easily break down.
Metal cabinets aren’t the best at hiding everyday stains, so regular maintenance is necessary. Here are a few steps to keep yours in top shape:
If you want to muffle the noise associated with metal, then yes, they should be installed with a base material. Most often this is plywood, particle board or medium density fiberboard (MDF).
A hidden issue with particle board and fiberboard is that they can’t hold screws as well as wood or plywood, which may lead to loose hinges and drawer pulls. And, while well-designed cabinets don’t allow moisture to seep into the base material, particle board and fiberboard are very prone to swelling and warping if they do get wet, whereas plywood isn’t.
Metal cabinets first appeared kitchens during the 1930s and ‘40s because they were inexpensive and easy to maintain. Today they are most prevalent in lofts and industrial spaces, as well as restaurants and gourmet kitchens.
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