Custom Cabinets Tampa
If you are in the market for new cabinets, you may be tempted to install prefabricated cabinets to save money. IKEA and other cabinet manufacturers are certainly using their best efforts to persuade you to do so. But have you weighed all of the advantages of custom-built cabinets? They can be more expensive, but all things considered, custom cabinets Tampa homes provide a great value.
What does “Custom” Mean?
Before going any further, it is important to have a solid grasp of the terminology used to describe the ways in which cabinets are constructed. Prefabricated cabinets are built in large numbers, in a factory setting, like any other type of manufactured product. The cabinets are basically individual box units that can be assembled in a variety of layouts. Custom cabinets, on the other hand, are hand-built by a local craftsman. They are made to fit the exact measurements of your home, according to a set of plans that you and the builder agree on beforehand.
Custom cabinets are built with plywood, while prefabricated cabinets are typically built with particle board. If you are not sure why this makes a difference, try doing the following. Go to the lumber yard and ask them to sell you a strip of each material. Then bend each piece of wood over your knee until it breaks. As you will see, plywood is a much stronger material. Furthermore, particle board loses its integrity quickly when exposed to water from leaking sinks or plumbing. Custom cabinets also offer a durable finish, hand-applied by the cabinetmaker. The finishes on prefabricated cabinets are usually thin coats, baked-on at the factory.
Custom cabinets are just that – custom. You choose the dimensions, layout, wood material, door style, stain color, and every other aspect of the cabinets. While prefabricated and “semi-custom” cabinets offer many of these same choices, you are basically choosing the options out of a catalogue like everyone else who is purchasing from that manufacturer. With custom cabinets, the local cabinetmaker will come to your home and look at your kitchen or bathroom. Together, you can discuss the best choices for your space. The cabinets will be built to fit the actual measurements of your home. In contrast, prefabricated cabinet boxes are made in a limited number of sizes, requiring filler units to be inserted into any gaps.
For many homeowners, the decision of whether to purchase custom cabinets comes down to the matter of installation. This is true for a couple of reasons. First, there is clearly a benefit to having your cabinets installed by the same individual who built them. The cabinetmaker is right there to make things right until you are satisfied. Second, the price savings associated with prefabricated cabinets is based on the homeowners installing the cabinets themselves. If you are not interested in or capable of performing the installation, you will need to pay for this service. When the cost of installation is taken into account, there may not be much price difference between the two types of cabinets after all.