One of the most important decisions made when remodeling a kitchen is the material and style of the cabinets. Particularly in North America and parts of Europe it is natural to ask if oak kitchen cabinets are a good choice. The answer is very simple, oak cabinets are always a good choice.
When hanging oak kitchen cabinets, there are a few items that must be kept in mind. The first of these is that when removing the old ones, that care is taken not to damage the surface underneath. The wall surface should be flat with no ridges or bumps allowing the new cabinets to be mounted flush.
There are two varieties of oak hardwood, namely red oak and white oak. White oak is heavier and harder than red oak. Red oak, opposite to what the name implies, comes in white shades and light to dark reddish brown shades. Red oak contains less grain patterns compared to white oak. The greatest advantage of oak kitchen cabinets is that they can be sanded, cleaned and refinished as per need and the luster of the wood remains the same.
Oak kitchen cabinets require very little maintenance. Because they are so durable, you won't have to repair them as often as you would other types of cabinets. They are also mold and mildew resistant, which is important especially near the sink and dishwasher where you are likely to encounter the most water and moisture can accumulate. Because oak is considered to be a hardwood, it will be able to withstand the heavy usage in a busy kitchen without becoming easily scratched or dented.
Another unique character of oak kitchens is that direct sunlight can cause the surface to fade and darken through time. But this is not really a downside as many homeowners prefer the patina that it offers, and doesn't mind the changes in their kitchen cabinets.
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