While cabinet doors often feature solid wood construction, the cabinet boxes usually have a wooden veneer over a core of either particle board or plywood. Both materials have some distinct pros and cons, and the experts at Southwest Kitchen & Bath are here to answer any questions you have about which cabinets are right for your kitchen. In general, here are the factors you’ll want to think about when comparing particle board and plywood cabinet boxes.
Plywood cabinets are made of wooden sheets in varying grain patterns, which are glued together to make a solid board. Particle board, on the other hand, is made from a compressed wooden pulp that may contain wood chips, shavings, resin, and adhesive. Thus, it is heavier than plywood, which is something to think about when hanging cabinets. Alternatively, particle board tends to boast a more precise thickness throughout.
Even in Tucson’s dry climate, you need to think about moisture resistance for any materials used in your kitchen. When it comes to withstanding water damage, plywood wins out over particle board. However, it is worth noting that particle board can be sealed with a clear coat upon installation.
Particle board is generally more cost-effective than plywood, although the cost and quality of both materials can vary significantly by manufacturer. If you are seeking an affordable cabinetry option for your kitchen, cabinet refacing can be a great way to give your current plywood or particle board cabinets a modern facelift.
Southwest Kitchen & Bath is your ultimate resource for cabinetry in Tucson. We carry several leading cabinet brands and provide cabinet refacing, so you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from for your kitchen. Give us a call at (520) 531-9187 to schedule a consultation in our showroom on N. Oracle Rd.