FAQs

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What are the different types of wood?

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CHERRY is characterized by red undertones but can range in color from blonde to rich brown.  It often has curvy grain patterns and may have small knots.  Cherry wood is considered to be more formal, giving it a more timeless, classic look.

MAPLE is a close grained hardwood, varying in color from white to cream and may have golden or reddish brown undertones.  It is natural for maple to have mineral streaks and usually has uniform graining.  Maple wood is generally used when applying a paint because of its texture.

OAK is known for its strong, open grain patterns and may range in color from white to pink to brown.  Occasional streaks of green or dark brown may appear in the wood and wormholes are also common.  Oak is considered to be a country or casual selection for cabin style homes.

HICKORY is a sturdy hardwood known for its distinctive grain patterns.  There is a wide variety in color from white to dark brown, which may be seen in a single door panel.  Random knots also add to this wood’s character.  We consider hickory to be “dressy casual”

ALDER has fine graining and is much softer than other woods.  Its sapwood and heartwood can both be recognized in a single door and create color variation throughout.  Small pin knots may also be present.

RUSTIC ALDER is known for having character.  It features many combinations of open and closed knots, small cracks, mineral streaks and grain variation.  Its color ranges from light brown to dark reddish-brown.

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What is the difference between a stain, a glaze and a painted finish?

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The STAIN FINISH for a cabinet is a transparent coating that is tinted with color and penetrates the wood to alter its appearance.  Stains tend to exaggerate the different grain patterns and marking in the wood.

A PAINTED FINISH is an opaque coating that is tinted with color.  This finish drastically minimizes the color variation the the wood grain, but any texture or knots in the wood are still visible.  Paints can develop small hairline cracks in the finish as the wood expands and contracts.

A GLAZE is a hand-applied finish that enhances the details of the cabinet door.  The finish can be applied over a glaze or paint, and provides a hand-crafted look so that no two doors look alike.  The more detailed the cabinet door, the more noticeable the glaze, as it collects in the corners and profile edges of the cabinet door.

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What is the lead time for ordering cabinets?

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We generally say that from the time of the deposit until the time the cabinets are ready for delivery is about 3-4 weeks.

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How should I clean and polish my cabinets?

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To remove any dust and dirt from the cabinet surfaces, we recommend using a clean white cloth with only soap suds on it. You do not want to use any oil-based soaps or a sopping wet cloth on the cabinet surfaces. For polishing wood cabinets with a stain, we recommend Guardsman spray furniture polish.

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Is there a warranty on my cabinets?

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Yes, all of the cabinetry lines carry a limited warranty on their products. However, each manufacturer must be consulted for specific details.  These warranties for instance cover defects in the construction of the cabinets but do not cover damage caused during installation.

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I'm interested! How do I get started?

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First, call and make an appointment or just stop by our convenient showroom.  We want to give you a personal tour of the products that we offer and also hear about your ideas for you dream project.  Next, we set an appointment to come to your home and get the dimensions of the space you want to redesign.  Within a few days, we will present to you several design options and prices per you selection choices.

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