A cabinet system can define the entire style of any room. If you have old cabinets that are out of style or ugly, they can make your whole room look outdated. If you do decide to replace your current built-in cabinets, there are a lot of things to consider. One of the best biggest decisions you need to make is what type of wood to use. This article compares composite wood to real hardwood.
Composite Woods Are the More Practical Option
Composite woods consist of wood byproduct (usually recycled sawdust) and glue. It is made to mimic the feel and consistency of real wood. But, it is usually lighter and more flexible. The visible layer of composite wood is just a printed finish. These finishes are usually much cheaper than real hardwood and easier to take care of in the long run because they don't need to be stained or oiled. A composite wood finish is going to be less susceptible to fading and more water resistant than traditional wood stain.
Basically, composite products don't need any special care or maintenance over the years. Even though they are easier to take care of, many homeowners just don't like the manufactured look of composite wood cabinets. It certainly doesn't look as stylish as real wood. In fact, it can look fake and plastic-like if you choose the wrong product. On the other hand, some homeowners are more than willing to deal with the manufactured prints because of how much cheaper composite woods are.
Raw Hardwoods Are the More Stylish Choice
Raw hardwood cabinets are made out of real wood, with exposed wood grains that can be stained or painted. Often, these products will come without a finish, and then the homeowner will apply the finish after the cabinets are installed. However, most products have some sort of colored stain or lamination. The stain finish on a real hardwood cabinet needs to be reapplied after years of usage.
Stains might last anywhere from 5 to 30 years, so it is hard to predict how often you will need to refinish your cabinets. This can be an inconvenient remodel because it will render your room unusable for a few days, but some people will refinish their cabinets every few years because they want to change the style and color schemes of the room.
Whether you choose composite or real hardwood, installing new cabinets is a great upgrade for any room. For more information on cabinetry in your area, contact a professional.