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Frequently Asked Questions

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By revivalinte88258592, Jun 2 2017 03:52PM

There are a number of reasons that a homeowner, or resident of a rented property, would want to use either a framed cabinet or a frameless cabinet. So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each. To start off, we’ll look at the pros and cons of a framed cabinet.

Pros of a Framed Cabinet

•Framed cabinets typically take less time to construct, which can make a big difference when trying to finish a project such as a kitchen or bathroom.

•Framed cabinets generally lend themselves to an easier install in regards to the addition of doors, drawers, and side panels.

Cons of a Framed Cabinet

•Framed cabinets generally use more material than that of a frameless cabinet, which can end up adding to the overall cost of the particular project you’re working on.

Now let us take a look at the pros and cons of a frameless cabinet.

Pros of a Frameless Cabinet

•It is typically said of most builders, be that amateur or professional builders, that frameless cabinets are easier to build because they are more standard in the building community.

•Frameless cabinets also offer more customization, or adjustability, to your style due to the ability to easily change hinges, and or the slides of the drawers.

Con of a Frameless Cabinet

•Frameless cabinets typically require more precision when connecting all the parts to each other, which can be a hassle for those that do not have much experience in building cabinets or do not have precision based tools available to them.

•Frameless cabinets offer little to no privacy for the items within, allowing anyone within view of the cabinet to see its contents.

Having looked at the pros and cons for both framed and frameless cabinets, it’s easy to see that they both have their own strengths and weaknesses. One other comment that cannot really be added to the pro column or the con column would be that of personal preference. Though not always the main decision making factor, personal style and preference, can be a large part of the reason why you choose either style. When deciding on either framed of frameless cabinets, make sure that you weigh all your options, so that you can make the best possible decision for yourself, your family, a friend, or client.


By revivalinte88258592, Jun 2 2017 03:46PM


When choosing cabinets, there are two types of construction to consider: framed or frameless cabinetry. Both provide endless design possibilities and their own unique advantages. Here are some things to consider as you decide which type of cabinet construction is best for you.


American cabinet manufacturers have traditionally built cabinets using a framed construction. In this type of cabinet construction, the rails and stiles form a 1-1/2 inch face "frame" at the front of the cabinet box. This frame resembles a flat picture frame that is attached to the door front, giving added dimension to the door front.


In framed cabinetry, the cabinet doors are secured to the frame, which gives the cabinet strength and sturdiness. Framed cabinets attach the door hinges to the frame face and shelves, and are usually, but not always, adjustable. Partial and full overlay, as well as inset cabinet doors, can be used with framed cabinets, giving you many design possibilities for creating a customized look for your cabinetry.


Frameless cabinet construction is a European way of manufacturing cabinets that has become popular among American homeowners seeking simple, more contemporary cabinet designs. Frameless cabinetry is sometimes called "full access" cabinetry because it offers greater accessibility by eliminating the face frame. Instead, it relies on thicker box construction for stability. Only full overlay doors can be used, with hinges attached directly to the sides of the cabinet box.


In frameless construction, cabinets do not have a face frame attached to the front of the cabinet box. After they have been installed, all you will see are the flat door and drawer fronts, providing a sleek, simple aesthetic that can work with many design themes throughout the home.

Frameless cabinets do not have a center stile coming down in the middle of the two cabinet doors, providing easier access to the items inside, as well as more storage space to work with. The shelves are typically adjustable. Drawers in frameless cabinetry also tend to be larger because of the space saved by not having a face frame attached to the front.


By revivalinte88258592, Jun 2 2017 03:44PM

A living finish is what occurs when you have any metal (except stainless steel) that is not lacquered or protected by any other process. The finish will continually evolve through exposure to the elements, also called an oxidation process, which varies in different metals. In Copper you may see a green patina, or verdi gris. In the case of Oil-Rubbed Bronze, a lightening effect occurs in the areas where it comes in contact with the human hand, such as the faucet handle or a door knob. This is precisely its charm, the fact that it will acquire a “broken in” appearance within a relatively short period of time.

In the mid 1990’s the PVD (physical vapor deposition) technology was developed. PVD is a high tech process where the finish is applied inside a vacuum chamber; a base solid material is introduced into the chamber and vaporized to an atomic level. It then attaches itself to target surface in a thin film and becomes a solid material again. The difference between regular electroplating and the PVD process is that once the substrate becomes solid it actually becomes a part of the target surface as opposed to just a coating. In other words, if the surface is scratched it would not break the surface but when examined microscopically it appears to be dented. This process allows some plumbing and door hardware manufacturers to be able to offer a lifetime warranty.


By revivalinte88258592, Jun 2 2017 03:39PM

If you’re like most casual DIYers, your main considerations when picking out ceramic or porcelain tile are cost, color, and size. In fact, if you’re like most DIYers, you probably haven’t heard of a PEI rating — but this should actually be one of your top considerations when selecting tile for your next home improvement project.

Not all ceramic and porcelain tiles are equally strong and durable. Some can withstand heavy foot traffic, while others are only suitable for decorative wall installations. Most reputable lines of porcelain tiles are rated for use by the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) abrasion test. This test is recommended by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). PEI ratings will tell you which tiles are best for different uses in the home. Considering PEI ratings will help you achieve a beautiful, lasting installation.

What are PEI Ratings?

Known as the PEI Scale, it is the standard consumers can rely on and refer to in order to determine which tiles to buy according to purpose and location. The PEI rating indicates the tile hardness, and these ratings are valuable to help in tile choices for different projects. The scale ranges from one to five, with five being the strongest and most durable.

How Do PEI Ratings Differ?

Each tile rating, or class, includes recommendations for use and installation. Most tile manufacturers list the PEI rating on the tile’s tear sheet, and most re-sellers include the rating in the product description in their catalog or website. The ratings are as follows:

Group 0: Tiles technically unsuitable for floors. These are generally used as wall tile.

Group 1 or PEI 1: Tiles suitable only for locations where softer footwear is worn or where shoes are not frequently used, for e.g., residential bathroom or other areas with light traffic. Also for interior commercial and residential walls.

Group 2 or PEI II: Tiles suited for general residential traffic. For areas that are walked on by soft soled or “normal” footwear with very small amounts of scratching dirt. Not for kitchen, entrance halls, stairs and other areas subjected to heavy traffic.

Group 3 or PEI 3: Tiles suited for all residential and light commercial areas such as offices, reception areas, boutiques, interior walls, countertops and residential bathroom floors. Not recommended for commercial entryways.

Group 4 or PEI 4: Tiles suited for regular traffic. Recommended for medium commercial and light institutional use, such as restaurants, hotels, hospital lobbies and corridors.

Group 5 or PEI 5: Tiles suitable for areas with heavy traffic, abrasive dirt and moisture, and where safety and maximum performance are required. Examples are shopping malls, public buildings, building entrances, or swimming pools.

A Final Note

The PEI rating only refers to a tile’s strength and suitability for a particular application; it is not an indicator of the tile’s overall quality or value. In many cases, some of the most beautiful and costly tiles have a PEI 1 or 2 rating. The PEI rating is simply a guide to help you choose tile that will hold up to the demands of the environment in which it will be used. If you’re doing a tile shower surround, for example, the PEI rating isn’t such a big deal, but when you’re choosing tile for counters and floors, check the PEI before you buy.



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