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A coveted fashion label (and hefty price tag) generally implies high quality. But regardless of the designer, itís important to check that the hems are firm and the material is a notch above synthetic polyester. Cabinets work the same way. When it comes to quality, check out cabinet components that generally go unnoticed.

Ask about the:

  • Drawer construction: Dovetail drawers will provide the most strength

  • Finishing system: To properly protect the doors, your cabinetís finish should include a moisture resistant sealant, catalytic conversion varnish, and baked on coats.

  • Composition of the doors

According to the Hardwood Manufacturers Association, be sure to look for the following:

  • Is there evidence of cracking of wood or delamination?

  • Are corners square with no perceptible joint separation?

  • Are exposed surfaces smoothly rounded with no blemishes?

  • Do doors align when closed?

  • Are hardware and handles fastened securely and aligned properly?

  • Are all edges smooth?

  • Are screws, nails and fasteners properly concealed?

  • Do doors and drawers open smoothly and quietly?

  • Are the drawers removable?

  • Do the cabinets have a seal certifying they have passed national standard tests ranging from impact resistance and hinge durability to the ability to withstand substances like detergents, vinegar and oil? The seals will have this designation: ANSI/KCMA 161.1-1995.

  • Is the finish smooth with no drips and bubbles?

  

 
 

 

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