Of all the fixtures installed in a home or business during remodeling, wood cabinets are one of the most expensive. Because these cabinets can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, builders must be very careful to prevent surface damage which can occur from dropped tools, paint splatters, and other construction accidents. Stained wood cabinets can be manufactured from both soft and hard woods with varying degrees of durability however all wood cabinets can be scratched. Using temporary surface protection to protect fine cabinetry and millwork can save residential builders, commercial builders and remodelers thousands of dollars in replacement and repair costs.
There are several types of cabinet protection currently available. Cardboard protection with tape or plastic fasteners is designed to protect cabinets during transport and construction and is made from fluted cardboard. This type of cabinet protection is not ideal for protecting cabinets that have already been installed, as it is not resistant to liquids and tends to need reattachment during longer periods of use. Also, the cardboard cabinet protection is heavy and expensive to ship.
Adhesive Films are also available through a few select vendors. These thin, 2.0 mil films are applied by rolling out the film and then providing surface pressure to hold the film in place on the cabinet. In addition to easy installation, these films also provide some degree of scratch protection. Unfortunately, these films do not have a good reputation in the industry as they are noted for leaving adhesive residue on cabinetry and have been largely discontinued. Adhesive residue can be extremely difficult to remove and obviously results in low customer satisfaction ratings.
Adhesive foam protection is another option for protecting fine cabinetry and millwork. The impact-resistant polyethylene foam protects against dings, scratches, and even some dents caused from construction activities. It provides easy installation as it is also applied by applying pressure to the adhesive side and rolling out the foam. It is commonly sized at 30″ and offers perforations every 12 inches so that no cutting is necessary. Although this method of protection is more expensive than other methods, it offers the highest rating in customer satisfaction.
Although there are pros and cons for each of these temporary surface protection methods, protecting newly installed cabinets is ultimately less expensive than leaving them unprotected. To learn more about your options for protecting fine cabinetry and millwork, contact your local surface protection experts.
Heather Ley is a product specialist for Builders Site Protection, a temporary surface protection and lead containment supplier. To contact Heather, email email@example.com or visit the Builders Site Protection website at http://www.buildsitepro.com
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Does it get any better than…. great quality at a great price. We don’t think so, and thats why we are so excited to be carrying Wolf Cabinets MADE IN THE USA! I mean just check out these great doors to choose from and with the following amazing standard construction features for most of the door styles. Give us a call today for a great price at LKN Cabinets located in Cornelius, NC
- Maple doors with raised center panel
- Maple drawers with recessed plywood panel
- Full 1/2” plywood sides, backs, tops and bottoms
- 3/4” bullnosed adjustable plywood shelves
- Dovetail drawer construction
- Full-extension undermount drawer glides
- Hidden, six-way adjustable hinges with soft-close mechanism
- Hidden plywood hanging rails top and bottom
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WOLF, the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and a leading provider of building products along the East Coast, today announced the launch of WOLF™ Classic Cabinets. The cabinets are now available exclusively to independent dealers in WOLF’s territory in 18 eastern states — with delivery in one week or less.
One local dealer, LKN Cabinets and Remodeling www.LKNcabinets.com is located in the Charlotte, NC marketplace. They have already completed numerous kitchens with the great product, and our expanding now to also carry the Designer and Builders Mark products.
The new line of kitchen cabinets, made in the United States from hand-selected American maple, was created to offer higher quality and faster delivery than cabinets built overseas — and offered at a price point that will meet or beat imported cabinets in the same category.
WOLF Classic Cabinets have the finest construction components available for an affordable price in the marketplace:
• Durable plywood construction: Full 1/2” side and back plywood panels and 3/4” plywood shelves
• Dovetail drawer construction
• High-quality components: 3/4” solid wood corner blocks – not the CAMs, brackets and clips commonly found on imports
• Solid maple: Real American maple doors and drawer-fronts
• No upcharge for painted doors: WOLF offers upscale painted doors at the same price as stained doors
• Next-truck delivery: Cabinets arrive in one week or less, with a customer’s next scheduled delivery, in all 18 states WOLF serves
For more information on WOLF Classic Cabinets, visit http://www.wolfleader.com. or www.LKNcabinets.com if you are located in the Lake Norman area or Charlotte, NC region.