When planning out your next remodel project, money management is always important. Because of the increasing prices throughout the industry, you may want to cut costs wherever you can. There are some cases where you can do exactly that and be just fine and others that bring more risk with them. Discussing the differences between plywood and veneer, for example, is a good place to start. One option is clearly cheaper but in this case, you definitely get what you pay for. This is one aspect of your kitchen that you really want to make sure you have an informed opinion on.
Veneer: Cheaper Isn’t Always Better
Veneer is the less expensive product for many reasons. To start, it is not a solid product. Veneer is very thin and because of this, it can warp and bubble at ease. Installing veneer is a hassle and if you do manage to properly install it, within a year or two, you run the risk of it starting to bubble and peel. If you are worried about getting water on your cabinets, you should stay away from veneer, as it doesn’t stand a chance. When cutting your pieces, a knife is really your best bet. Because of that, cutting straight lines is going to be more difficult than if you were able to use a saw. The overall quality of veneer is far below that of plywood.
Plywood: A Solid Choice
Plywood is different, depending on what type you buy and there are many options. Here at Outside the Box, we offer a ¼’’ MDF core plywood with real wood veneer top and bottom. It is a solid, durable product, that can be painted and stained. Because it is a real wood product, we can order it in just about any wood species. There is no need to worry about bubbling or warping with plywood. It is much easier to install than veneer, because of the fact that it is solid. Just cut to size, glue and pin nail in place. Clean cuts and lines are easily acquired because you are able to use a saw when working with plywood. When comparing plywood and veneer, the only negative thing about plywood is the cost. It is a more expensive product than veneer.
And The Winner Is…
So as you can see, plywood stands out as the clear winner when going against veneer. There are just too many reasons to not work with veneer. If you want a wood product that can hold up its durability for years to come and not a stick on product that bubbles in no time, plywood is your best bet. This is an very important decision you will need to make when deciding to reface your cabinets. While the cost may be tempting with veneer, it just will not be worth the hassle it ultimately brings. If you are looking to cut costs, we would recommend considering mdf doors. They look just as good as solid doors and are a fraction of the price. As always, be sure to check out the rest of our blogs and add us on facebook for more Outside the Box!