- Price. Pine is inexpensive compared to other wood types.
- Takes paint well. Because of its smooth texture, pine looks beautiful when painted.
- Natural appearance. Pine develops a nice, rustic patina from age and use.
- Moisture resistant. Pine resists shrinking and swelling.
- Dents easily. Because pine is a softwood, it is prone to scratches and dents.
- Choose in person. Because the surface of pine cabinets can have many knots, it is recommended to choose pine cabinets in person.
- Strength and hardness. Hickory is tougher and stronger than maple and oak.
- Unique appearance. Hickory's eye-catching appearance is sure to make any kitchen look attractive and customized.
- Gentle care. Cleaning hickory cabinets requires gentle care. Hickory cannot be scoured with any kind of abrasive cleaner or cleaning utensil.
- Price. Hickory is more expensive than other cabinet wood types.
- Cost. Alder is less expensive than cherry and provides a similar aesthetic appearance.
- Darkens less over time. Alder does not darken as much as cherry over time.
- Softer than cherry. Alder is not as hard as cherry. If something a little more dent resistant is preferred, opt for cherry. If the possibility of denting is less of a concern, then alder is a great, cost-effective option.
I hope this was helpful and aided your investigation into finding the right cabinets for your home! Stay tuned for next month's blog post where we'll talk about the differences in aesthetic appearance between cabinet wood types. We might even include tips on how to pair cabinets with granite counter tops!
Until next time!