We're selecting cabinets for a kitchen remodel. My wife likes white, but
the only way we can get white is either order maple boxes painted white, or
a white thermofoil or laminate box. We've looked at all the woods, but we
just keep coming back to white.
My concerns with thermofoil or laminate are the weight, and the inability
to repair dents or scratches.
If anyone has had either of these type of cabinets installed for a while,
can you tell me about their durability, reapairability, and installation
Stay away from thermofoil! We have a self-cleaning GE electric oven and
the heat generated from the self-cleaning process caused the thermofoil
laminate to melt and bulge out of shape on the drawer eges adjacent to
the oven. Naturally, this occurred when the installation was out of
warranty. When I called the company that installed the cabinets, I was
told that thermofoil can't take intense heat so one should leave
adjacent drawers and cabinet doors open when self-cleaning the oven. I
later spoke to a fomer building contreactor and he said the same thing.
Thanks for the warning. I did some 'googling' today and found out the
same. Some articles also suggested keeping drawers next to a drying
dishwasher open. I don't want to have to worry about doing the chores
one naturally does in the kitchen.
I remodeled my kitchen a bit ago, and opted for Thermofoil doors. They
did warn me that if my oven's seal wasn't good, I might have problems.
I have new appliances, and haven't had a problem with either the oven in
cleaning mode, or the dishwasher. Overall I've been *very* happy with
A very nice feature is that cleaning is -so- simple - they do not absorb
oil. Wipe down with whatever easy cleanser you want.
I haven't needed to repair, but installation was very easy (I kept the
pre-existing, euro frame cabinets).
I have a few photos here:
I used Lindsey http://www.lindseydoors.com/index.htm - they were very
I had new cabinets installed almost two years ago. The man built the
cabinets himself but ordered the doors and drawer fronts. They are made of
thermofoil. The company that made them has a web site
(http://www.doormark.com ) if you want to see what I am talking about.
Anyway, they are very easy to keep clean and so far we have not had any
problems with them. These are not the ready made ones you buy at Home Depot
or Lowes but I assume they are similar quality. In our last house we had
IXL cabinets (good ones for the 60s) made out of lacquer finished
wood...sounds great but they were impossible to keep clean. Never again for
me. Grease and dirt on wood is not a good thing.
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