Whether you're choosing cabinets for your new build or are replacing your existing kitchen cabinets, finding the cabinets that suit your style and budget is a must. If you've never purchased kitchen cabinets before, it can seem like they're all more-or-less the same. In reality, the quality and materials can vary greatly from one cabinet retailer to the next. This is why it's so important to carefully vet a prospective cabinet retailer before signing a contract with them.
When Can They Install?
Choosing a cabinet maker you can trust to get your new cabinets installed within a reasonable timeframe is important. Ideally, you'll want to stick with a company that makes their own cabinets (rather than buying and reselling them from a third party). This way, you'll be more likely to get a firm completion and installation date—and less likely to run into delays due to fabrication, shipping, or other issues.
Any reputable and experienced cabinet company should be able to give you an installation date in writing, and that date should be spelled out in your contract for added peace of mind.
What Kind of Warranty Do They Include?
Your new cabinets should always come with a warranty, but exactly what that warranty includes and how long it lasts can vary greatly from one retailer to the next. A reputable cabinet company will stand behind their products with a warranty that includes not just the door and frame, but the hardware, glides, and hinges as well. You'll also want to check and make sure that the warranty provided with your cabinets includes not just materials, but labor as well.
How Are Their Cabinets Finished?
A cabinet is really only as durable as its finish, so don't overlook this question when you're shopping for new kitchen cabinets that are likely to see a lot of wear and tear over the years. For the greatest durability, you'll want to find a company that includes an oven-cured top coat; this type of varnish will stand up to the test of time and will not discolor. Stay away from lacquer-based finishes, as these are not as durable and can yellow after a few years
As you can see, there's a lot to keep in mind when it comes to shopping for new kitchen cabinets. By asking these questions of a prospective cabinet retailer, you can feel more confident in your choice of cabinets.