Good Better Best Cabinet Manufacturing
Factory made cabinets are by far the most commonly used cabinets for several reasons. First and foremost is, that a baked on finish can be applied in a very controlled environment. The baked on process results in a very durable finish that resist staining and breakdown over time. Another reason is the stringent quality control standards. Any reliable cabinet manufacturer will be certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assoc.( KCMA). What that certification means is that the cabinets have passed rigorist testing.
You will also find that most cabinet manufacturers categorizes their cabinets into 3 levels
(Good – Better – Best)
Good is also known by the name contractor grade cabinetry. This is the least expensive cabinets. You have a very few door styles and cabinet sizes to choose from and they use a thinner material for the sides, backs, shelves and back of the cabinets. The drawer slides and hinges tend to be of lesser quality and there are almost no modifications offered. Many of the doors are laminate or melamine with a few veneer doors. The key word here is limited, limited styles, colors and options.
Better is also known as semi custom cabinetry. These cabinets offer more door styles and decorative upgrades. You usually have the option to upgrade the construction to ALL PLYWOOD; additionally you will have a greater number of finish options including painted and glazed cabinets . You can choose to increase or decrease the depth of your cabinets; as well as, adding organizational items to the interior of the cabinets. Most doors will have a veneer center panel although some will be solid wood. You can expect to pay an additional 20% to 35%.
Best is the modern day version of a custom cabinet. You can modify these cabinets any way you want. Extend the stiles or width of the cabinets by ¼ “increments increase and decrease the depth and height of the cabinets and add decorative feet and decorative moldings to the cabinet frame. At this level you will find insert as well as full overlay cabinet’s doors. Some companies will even offer hand sanding and special effect finishes on their best cabinets.