Stainless steel kitchen cabinetry is a relatively new and modern trend. Though stainless steel is prominent in many commercial kitchens, it’s only recently been introduced into residential homes. Stainless steel has many benefits — but it also has a few notable drawbacks related to structure and cost. Keep these special considerations when installing stainless steel kitchen cabinets
The Benefits of Stainless Steel Cabinets
Stainless steel cabinets give a sleek, modern look to a kitchen. They work well with many other materials and color schemes, and they have an extremely unique experience. Stainless steel is exceptionally durable and can be polished if it becomes scratched, scuffed, or otherwise loses its luster. Stainless steel is also very easy to keep clean and sanitized. Stainless steel frames can be used along with glass to make cabinets that are easy to look into and easy to use.
The Potential Drawbacks of Stainless Steel Cabinets
- They can be difficult to keep clean. Stainless steel easily reveals marks, dust, and dirt. Special products need to be used for cleaning and, in general, all surfaces will need to be wiped down on a regular basis.
- They are heavy. Stainless steel cabinets are significantly heavier than similar cabinets in either wood or PVC. Because of this, stainless cabinets need to be anchored correctly if they are to remain in place.
- They may look industrial. To some, stainless steel is always associated with a commercial kitchen. Stainless has a unique type of reflectivity and glare, which can be associated with a more industrial feel.
- They are expensive. Stainless steel is generally more expensive than other options, such as PVC and wood. However, stainless steel can also last much longer. Different styles of stainless steel cabinetry may also be less expensive; thin stainless steel will usually be fairly affordable.
Properly Installing Stainless Steel Cabinetry
Stainless steel cabinetry and cabinet doors need to be planned for at the very beginning of the project, as they can add additional weight. When installing stainless steel, the functionality of the cabinets should be considered, in addition to the cost. Because stainless steel is still unusual, it may not be known whether or not the stainless cabinets will actually improve upon a home’s value.
Kitchen cabinets in San Diego come in a wide variety of materials, each with their own pros and cons. A professional cabinet installer will have samples of each of these material types, for homeowners and home buyers interested in exploring their options.