How to Choose Your Stainless Steel Kitchen Cabinets
Stainless steel kitchen cabinets are a good choice if you're trying to build a modern kitchen that's both practical and pleasing to the eye. You can find many styles to choose from, including those that have an antique look to them. Stainless steel cabinets resist stains because of their non-stick surface, so kids won't have as much opportunity to cause damage. Your kitchen's beauty will also increase. If modern is what you'd like for your new kitchen, stainless steel just might do the trick.
There are two main types of materials used for making cabinets, wood, and steel. Wood cabinetry is often finished with linseed oil or other sealants. These doors and drawers tend to crack, fade in color, and show signs of insect infestation quite quickly.
Steel cabinets, on the other hand, tend to last longer than traditional wood ones because they're not as susceptible to rot and insect infestation. Plus, stainless steel cabinets are easier to clean, which is why so many people choose them. The downside is that you have to choose between clear doors that have inset decorative panels. The panels may not be as attractive as the natural wood colors you'd get from a real door, but they are less likely to show evidence of damage over time.
The problem with using clear stainless steel kitchen cabinets is that sunlight tends to hasten wood's aging process. Exposure to sunlight speeds up the rate at which the wood splits, expands, and contracts, weakening the wood's structure. When a room has a lot of direct sunlight during the day, you might not need to worry so much about the effects of the sun on wood.
A better alternative to clear stainless steel cabinets would be to purchase stainless steel cabinets with the veneer still intact. Wood veneers can warp if exposed to too much moisture, but the veneer itself will not warp. You'll pay a bit more for these kinds of cabinets, but you'll save in the long run because they're sturdier and they won't develop the same kind of problems as the clear varieties will. Of course, you should still use some sort of sealant when you paint your stainless steel kitchen cabinets.
Finally, the most popular choice in stainless steel kitchen cabinets is to purchase those that are made out of metal. These cabinets offer many benefits, including extreme durability and a sleek, contemporary feel. However, metal kitchen cabinets also require a little bit more maintenance than other kinds of cabinets. A little bit of spray paint or stain and a couple of sweeping sessions will keep your stainless steel cabinets, looking great and free of scratches and stains. If you're not comfortable with painting or staining your own cabinets, you can find companies that will do it for you at a reasonable price.
While there are lots of great choices when it comes to stainless steel kitchen cabinets, the above list is just the tip of the iceberg. If you know where to look, you can usually find exactly what you need. The final step in choosing a set of new doors is to add some hardware and find matching pieces to complete your new kitchen design.
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