I am sure you are often close and open your kitchen cabinet doors, possibly more often than any other doors in your house. These doors are expected by most homeowners to last many years with a minimum of maintenance. The quality of construction, the materials you choose and how you or your cabinetmaker design them will all determine how well your doors will stand up to years of intensive use.
Solid Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Solid hardwood lumber that has glued together establishes the solid glass kitchen cabinet doors. By contrast, veneer cabinet doors are built on a plywood frame over which a hardwood veneer such as maple, hickory, oak or another wood is applied. You may apply a laminate to the plywood for alternative options; with little maintenance, laminates will be last a long. If you are looking for glass kitchen cabinet doors that can last longer, solid hardwood doors should be considered rather than hardwood veneer doors which have two inherent limitations. About 1/16 inch in thickness measured for veneers; you cannot easily repair and you will probably need to buy or build a new door if you accidentally gouge the door and puncture the veneer. You will also probably have to live with dent if you den the door.
Custom Glass Fabrication Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Nowadays, there are many companies that specialize in selling and building kitchen cabinet doors to your specifications. These firms will probably require no more cost to deliver the doors because they are enjoying their economies of scale, and then you will spend on the materials in some instances less to build them yourself. In many instances he will order components such as drawer boxes, drawer fronts, cabinet carcasses and doors from one of these suppliers anyway if you hire a cabinetmaker to build custom cabinets for your kitchen. Ordering them from a supplier simply makes economic sense though you may derive great satisfaction from building your own doors.
Tempered, Frosted and Milk Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Distinction and beauty could be added to your kitchen by glass doors on upper cabinets. You can simply order tempered glass only. Tempered glass in residential kitchens is not required by the building codes, but you may suffer serious injury if eye-level cabinet glass breaks. Consider your maintenance habits and the organization of your household realistically. Your guest and you will enjoy looking through clear glass doors at a neatly organized display of matching china and glassware.
You may want to consider milk glass or frosted glass cabinet doors instead if you tend to let kitchen organization and maintenance slip from time to time. 3/16-inch thick glass which weighs considerably more per square foot than the wood it replaces is often recommended by the cabinetmakers. This extra weight could be handled by the hinges, so you have to choose the quality hinges. Consider using metal doors with glass for contemporary design in your kitchen.