Remodeling or upgrading your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make—that is, assuming you do it the right way! The building materials in Brooklyn, NY that you use can literally make or break your kitchen. Pick the right materials and you can increase the value of your home by a few thousand dollars. On the other hand, choose the wrong materials and you can actually decrease the value of your kitchen and your home! Continue reading to learn what you should avoid when picking out your new kitchen’s materials:
- Plastic laminate counters: Let’s be clear: there are plenty of excellent laminate materials out there. What you need to avoid is the entry-level laminate. Sure, it’s inexpensive to install, but you truly get what you pay for. Cheap laminate scratches easily and can start to fall apart if the material beneath the laminate gets wet. If you want to use a laminate material, spend a little more to get the next level up.
- Inexpensive vinyl flooring: The quality of your flooring matters throughout your home, but particularly in the kitchen, since it’s often the most heavily walked-on area. Avoid buying the cheapest flooring you can find, since it can start to bubble if it gets wet (which it almost certainly will). Instead, pay an extra $2 or $3 per square foot and get a little nicer flooring material.
- Laminated cabinet fronts: While shopping for cabinets, you’ll most likely see a product called “thermofoil.” This sounds like a high-quality material that’s heat resistant and made of some type of metal, right? In fact, it’s actually vinyl molded around fiberboard. This material is not heat resistant, it can warp with age and the fiberboard underneath the thermofoil most likely won’t hold up over time.
- High-gloss lacquered cabinets: Shiny cabinets are eye-catching and can add a nice touch to your kitchen. However, you’ll end up paying a premium for this nice look. It can require up to 20 layers of lacquer to achieve a high-gloss look. As you can imagine, the cost for all of that lacquer and labor really adds up! Plus, scratches and dings are costly to repair on a lacquered cabinet.
- Flat paint: There’s no denying the fact that flat paint (matte paint) creates a sophisticated look in your home. But flat paint has durability issues, meaning it’s not especially kitchen friendly. Wiping up any spills or splatters can damage the paint job almost instantly. Instead, paint your kitchen walls with a semi-gloss or high-gloss paint.
- Trendy backsplash: Just like with fashion, trends come and go in the kitchen remodeling world, particularly when it comes to backsplashes. Avoid choosing whatever backsplash material is in style this week and stick to the classics, like subway tile. Experts also recommend picking a backsplash that matches your counter material.
Whether you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen or you need help choosing building materials in Brooklyn, NY, go ahead and give Luisi Building Materials Company, Inc. a call. Our friendly experts will help guide you through all the steps of your remodeling project.
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