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Kitchen Remodeling Wars: Ready-To-Assemble Cabinets Vs The Brand Names

RTA, or Ready-to-Assemble cabinetry, is rapidly growing in popularity as a  significantly lower cost and higher quality alternative to many, if not most, of  the made-to-order option that you find from your local custom cabinet  manufacturers or big box home improvement stores. While a custom made kitchen  can run anywhere from $10,000 to upwards of $50,000.00 or more, RTA cabinets can  help you save a significant amount on the kitchen cabinetry itself, and possibly  cutting a $20,000 budget by nearly half. And unlike most times where “you get  what you pay for,” often with RTA cabinets, the quality of the materials used  and the construction could be significantly better than mainstream brands. So if  you’re thinking about a renovating or holding off on that new kitchen, here is  my side-by-side comparison between RTA and the brand names.
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When it comes to materials and construction, RTA cabinets score a big win  among the leading brand names. While you can expect solid wood doors in both  categories, the major difference comes when looking at the rest of the  construction. For one, most, if not all RTA cabinets come equipped with plywood  boxes, usually ¾ inch thick, where as much of made-to-order cabinetry found in  the major retailers or local manufacturers use some variation of compressed  wood, such as particle board. And although a salesman at the home improvement  store may talk to you about a ¾ inch wood framed cabinet, they are generally  speaking exclusively about the front face of the cabinet where the door is  attached to. Usually they are excluding the sides and back of the box.  Furthermore, traditional or made-to-order cabinets are also known for using  particle board in their drawers, where as RTA usually use wood connected by  dovetail joints to ensure long lasting durability for years to come.

If you’re wondering what’s the difference between wood or plywood  construction versus particle board is? Then place a piece of particle board in a  cup of water for a day or two, and you’ll see what we are talking about.  Particle board is extremely susceptible to moisture and can warp and expand  overtime when significant moisture is present, particularly around dishwashers  and sink or in moist environments where humidity is high; even mopping can  sometimes present a problem to particle board. RTA cabinets also significantly  differ in the way the cabinetry is put together because of the strength of the  plywood. Particle board cabinets usually are assembled using a variety of  methods, from staples to wooden dowels and glue on the higher end cabinets,  whereas RTA cabinets usually use a sturdy cam lock system that ensures your  cabinets won’t pull apart down the road.

In terms of cabinet door styles, choices do seem to favor the made-to-order  or custom option. One con in the pros’ and cons’ of RTA, is that the cabinets  are prefabricated, meaning they are manufactured and mass produced in one set  color, door style, and in specific sizes that usually come in increments of 3  inches. However, RTA cabinetry comes in many styles, colors and finishes and  it’s almost for sure that there is one available that matches any given  individual’s taste and lifestyle. As for the set sizes, careful planning and  good measurements from a skilled professional carpenter of kitchen remodel  professional will ensure your kitchen looks as custom as the finest customs  kitchens out there. Bar none, pre fabricated means mass produced, which means  lower labor costs and turnaround times, which ultimately means less money  spent.

Turning dream kitchen and baths into affordable realities is what we are all  about. Superior Kitchens &  More a leading manufacturer and wholesale distributor of high quality  kitchen and bathroom cabinets, as well as the Klazz line of plumbing fixtures  and accessories. Located in South Florida, Superior operates a large design & manufacturing center that features a state-of-the-art showroom featuring  all of our all wood cabinetry lines, as well as our kitchen  and bath plumbing products. Here, we are staying ahead of our  competition by finding innovative ways to improve and lower production costs  without compromising the trusted quality we have come to be known by. Klazz is a  registered trademark of Superior Kitchens and More.

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