What Goes Into Your Kitchen Cabinet?

The growing popularity of installing a custom outdoor kitchen has required changes in materials manufactured for kitchen cabinets. It’s because cabinets installed outdoors need to be able to withstand all kinds of temperature and weather changes. Previously, there were few choices of color and design. Clearly, though, you can’t use the same materials for the outdoor cabinets as you would use for an indoors kitchen, so this has resulted in manufacturers needing to improve the choices available, and also increase the excellence of the craftsmanship of the cabinets. The latest materials specifically designed for cabinets that can function outside are now readily available and an important part of the DIY market.

Specific materials have to be manufactured for the crafting of kitchen cabinets that can exist outdoors. It’s pretty easy to see how the normal materials used in manufacturing different parts of the countertops used indoors aren’t going to fare well outside. Once it rains, the wood will soak up the water and end up cracking. There’d also be problems with using plywood because the cupboard doors and cabinets will eventually bend out of shape. However, all of these have been taken into account now with the use of polymer wood. So essential functional needs are that the wood can handle rain, and also contribute to the overall d?�cor of the design.

Other aspects of the weather, of course, also greatly affect the lifespan and function of outdoor kitchen cabinets and can in fact damage them. The effect of sunlight is just as potent as wind and rain on the materials used to construct the cabinet. The special finishes on the cabinet doors (often created with urethane and special oils) often split or separate from the wood as the UV rays beat down on them. This ruins the glossy coat on the cabinets and results in it cracking and changing to a yellowed look. This also affects function because no longer will the top coat prevent moisture and rain from getting in, and so very soon the entire cabinet is damaged. This is something manufacturers and designers of kitchen counters and cabinets have had to consider and make provision for in their designs and recommended materials.

When people shop for furniture for their outdoor kitchens, the look and d?�cor re going to matter just as much as the functionality and practical use. What’s going to really set apart the different items will be uniqueness and design flair. All of the changes and upgrades now being included in the creation of kitchen cabinets are contributing to this. You can truly customize your outdoor kitchen to your own style without fearing a copycat version popping up at a relative or friend’s house.

Yes, installing your own customized outdoor kitchen will require a financial outlay, but in the end, you’ll probably increase the market value of your home as a result and reap some payback from it.

By Laura