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4 Issues You Won't Need to Worry About When You Choose Aluminium Kitchen Cabinets Over Wood

When you're thinking about kitchen cabinets, your mind probably jumps straight to wood. Sure, wood is the classic option, and it comes with several advantages. However, you might want to think about having your cabinet maker use aluminium instead. It's easy to clean and comes in a whole range of colours and styles to fit around your chosen design. Better yet, it isn't vulnerable to many of the issues you could face with wood cabinets.

Here are just four things you won't need to worry about when you pick aluminium cabinets over wood.

1. Moisture Problems  

One of the biggest problems with wood is that it sucks up water. You can minimize this risk by choosing a less-porous species and adding protective layers, but the truth is that protective layers can eventually start to wear off and leave your wood unprotected. When wood meets water, it has a nasty habit of warping, swelling, and generally bending out a shape — a real problem, since you'll often use water in the kitchen. With aluminium, any moisture will sit right on the surface.

2. Fire Damage

It isn't pleasant to consider the risk of fire, and you're unlikely to ever experience one. However, it's still worth remembering that fires can start in the kitchen, so why not choose cabinets that won't get damaged? Cabinets made of wood will catch fire, so they can help a blaze spread. Even if they don't, a relatively minor fire can mean having to replace them. Aluminium makes a smarter choice because it doesn't burn.

3. Insect Infestations

Another thing you need to be aware of is troublesome insects. They like to head into your kitchen because that's where they'll find plenty of food and moisture. Unfortunately, wood cabinets can be penetrated and provide them with a perfect home. This is bad from a hygienic point of view and also means you'll need to replace your cabinets. With aluminium cabinets, there's no need to worry; no insect on Earth is getting through those.

4. Warping in the Heat

Sometimes wood cabinets warp due to moisture, but they may also sustain damage due to heat. This is probably only worth taking into account if you live in a hotter part of the country, but wood can swell and contract significantly as temperatures go up and down. Under extreme heat, it can start to warp. Aluminium also expands and contracts, but actual damage is far less likely.