A common question that is asked to Stevens Kitchens when a client comes into the showroom is whether or not the material of the door really matters, and what differences you may find among these different types of door materials. Now you should be aware, that overtime all wood species are going to darken and change colors, that is just what wood does! So I am here to help clear up any questions you may have about the different wood species that are available to you when it comes to your cabinetry.
Maple: Our most common door species by far is Maple, and for good reason. Maple has a consistent grain to it often leaves a more uniform appearance when you go from different door to door. Maple is also a very strong wood, stronger than most others so it tends to last longer than other wood species. Although maple is most popular, the price is average when it comes to comparison. Lastly, if you are interested in adding a stain or a glaze to your cabinetry maple wood takes it on beautifully. Almost any glaze or stain will adhere to this wood species and instantly add some elegance to your cabinetry. Maple trees are very easy to obtain, grow, and reproduce, so no need to be worried about a shortage of maple cabinetry anytime soon - or them going out of style!
Cherry: The first thing you are going to notice about a cherry species is that there is always going to be a slight red tint to the door - that is just the way cherry looks! If you like the red tint, a cherry door might just be for you because it is natural and you would not necessarily have to add a paint or a glaze to get this natural beauty. Cabinetry made out of cherry is often considered the middle of the road cabinetry because it is not crazy expensive, but it is not cheap either! They offer a medium level of strength as well - not as strong as maple cabinets tend to be. Cherry is also a close-grained wood which would offer you some natural swirls or grains throughout your cabinetry, so be aware not every door is not going to have the same exact look to it, but this might be a design you would be interested in!
Oak: Oak tends to not be as popular as maple or cherry cabinetry but we do sometimes have clients coming in to look for this. Oak is considered to be very strong, durable, and heavy hardwood. It is often used for doors and flooring, but cabinetry as well. There is a wide open range of grain on this product that will create variation among the cabinetry you receive so be aware of that - if you want consistency this may not be the wood for you!
Hickory: Hickory wood is tougher than oak or maple, meaning that hickory cabinets are strong and durable and will last a long, long time. Hickory is another wood species that has a large amount of natural wood grain - and often people like the natural look and choose not to paint over their cabinets. Hickory tends to be expensive than other wood species because of the toughness it offers. Oak tends to be a good alternative if you want a similar look of hickory but want a cheaper price tag.
MDF: The last kind of cabinetry material I want to talk to you about is abbreviated to MDF which stands for Medium Density Fiber. MDF is a manufactured wood product composed of wood fibers that are mixed with resin and wax and pressed into flat panels under high temperature and pressure. It is used much like plywood as a building material. Unlike particleboard, with which it is sometimes confused, MDF cuts well and has a smooth surface that is ideal for painting. There are no seams in an MDF door whereas a Wood door has miter or mortise joints and will show hairline cracks when painted. MDF doors are also less costly than wood doors.
Well there you have it. A little insight to some (there are certainly more wood species out there) of the more popular wood species you can pick from when it comes to your cabinetry selection. If you are still unsure about what might be the right fit for you, comment below and ask!