Elite Kitchen and Bath Inc.
Custom Cabinets and Cabinet Refacing
At Elite Kitchen and Bath Inc. we carry a wide variety of kitchen cabinets, styles, wood species etc...
Wood Cabinets add warmth to your living spaces. Choose from oak, maple, cherry, hickory, alder, exotic reconstituted veneers or durable MDF. Each type of wood has unique qualities to offer, from resilience to visual appeal. We recommend 40 to 50% humidity levels be maintained in the home in order to reduce or prevent warping, shrinking panels or cracking of wood products.
WHAT THE HECK IS AN MDF? MDF, AKA Medium-density fibreboard is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser than plywood. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard
MDF material, used for painted doors in the Elite Kitchen and Bath Collection, Urban lines and Fusion Finishes. Our MDF meets the formaldehyde emission levels of the California Air Resource Board (CARB), ensuring healthier air quality. MDF is durable and has a high resistance to wear. It is the perfect material for painted lacquer finishes and various artisan or hand-crafted finishes. MDF is also great for environments with low humidity and dramatic seasonal changes (example: Cabins or Cottages), as cracking at door joints due to seasonal changes will not occur, unlike painted wood doors which move causing cracking at door joints.
Maple is a durable wood. Occasional sound pin knots and/or mineral streaks may occur. Expansion and contraction is more apparent in Maple than in other wood species. Light stain colours will show wood and grain variations to a greater degree than dark stain colours. Due to the nature of maple, some stains may produce an irregular colour pattern. This is a unique quality in maple wood.
Cherry is chosen for high-end furniture and cabinetry. Its colours range from natural warm honey to reddish-brown, which darken considerably with exposure to light. Due to the growing patterns of cherry, there may be mineral streaks, pin knots and gum pockets that create unique markings on the wood. These markings are acceptable and part of the unique appeal of cherry wood. Sapwood may be present in cherry and is much lighter in colour than normal cherry. Sapwood will not darken to the extent of normal cherry wood.
Oak is a relatively hard, dense wood with a high resistance to wear. A porous wood with a more open grain, oak stained with light colours will show the wood and grain variation to a greater degree than with dark stain colours. However, the texture of oak will be apparent even with dark finishes, due to the porous nature of the wood. Northern Red Oak is used in our oak cabinetry.