All our products are manufactured using only top quality materials and accessories.
WOODEN DOORS, PANELS AND DRAWER FRONTS ETC.
The carcases which plays a big role and accounts for most of the entire finished product, are generally manufactured using Melamine. ADVANCED BUILT-IN CUPBOARDS uses only top quality brand name PG BISON www.pgbison.co.za.and SONAE Melamine, as it forms the framework that holds everything together and supports all the weight from above. If the core of the melamine is not well compressed as with an inferior quality board, it will result in the wood cracking (bursting) open when turning in a screw even after first drilling a hole. The quote might be cheaper but so will the quality of the finished product be, with chipped edges and doors coming loose as the hinge screws do not have much grip in the inferior melamine core.
Here follows the order of cost effectiveness of different materials used to manufacture cupboards:
The most cost effective cupboard finish is Melamine with PVC edging. Thanks to the latest technology, MELAMINE is available in many different finishes and colour schemes even mimicking many different solid woods. Unlike solid woods, Melamine does not require treatment and will not darken over time.
Slightly more expensive is Melamine with 2 or 3mm IMPACT EDGING . The impact edging is only used on the doors and drawer fronts and is extremely durable and tough. Here once again, using a slightly more expensive edging supplier, will ensure that no discolouration or peeling ofof edging will occur over time.
Next is a range of Shaker, Raised Panel and Devon doors and drawer fronts manufactured and supplied by SUPERIOR CABINET DOORS www.superiorcabinetdoors.co.za.They have proven themselves as leaders in the field of various cabinet door and drawer finishes. The pricing on the Superior Cabinet Doors doors, drawer fronts and if required, matching face panels are calculated per sq. m.
Next is the PVC WRAPPED DOORS from Superior Cabinet Doors. There is a wide variety of routed patterns to match your ideas with plain and wood grain colours available to choose from.
They also have a LACQUER SPRAY FINISHES with routed patterns and you can choose from gloss to satin finishes in colours from the international colour chart. These are in a higher price category.
SOLID WOODEN doors, drawer fronts and panels, manufactured and supplied by CAPE CUPBOARD DOORS end the top of the list being rather expensive but it is the real thing-genuine, solid wood professionally finished in a satin or gloss see through or stained varnish coat.
HINGES & DRAWER RUNNERS
ADVANCED BUILT-IN CUPBOARDS exclusively uses BLUM www.eclipsegroup.co.za hinges and drawer runners which carries a Lifetime Guarantee(except for heavy duty ball bearing drawer runners).The width of kitchen cupboards rarely extend past 800mm in order to prevent sagging of shelves and doors being too wide applying extra strain on the hinges.
ADJUSTABLE CUPBOARD FEET
All cupboard carcases are supported with RAIEL www.raiel.com. adjustable cupboard feet for accurate height and level adjustment AND very importantly - to keep the cupboards off the ground therebypreventingwater from drawing into the melamine in case of an accidental water spillage. Most other companies install their cupboardswith the side panels resting on the floor). A kick box (matching colour) is fitted in front of the feet and sealed against the floor with silicon sealer.Should any water draw into the kick box, it will be much cheaper to replace than replacing the cupboards.
FORMICA POST FORM TOPS are the cost efficient alternative to Granite. They are available in a big variety of colours and easy to maintain. The surfaces are fairly durable but can get scratched or cut by sharp objects or knives. It is easy to clean but beware, any water ingresscould lead to swelling of the top. Hot pots should not be placed on the surfaces and it is not as durable as granite.
GRANITE TOPS are one of the most expensive tops butare extremely durable, virtually scratch free and heat proof. As solid as it seems though, it is porous so any spills need to be wiped up quickly. Granite is also easy to clean and care for but beware of certain cleaning materials and chemicals, as it can change the colour and stain the surfaces. The lowest priced granite would be the Rustenburg followed by almost 300 other fairly expensive local granite colours and patterns. All imported varieties of granite are very expensive.
CAESARSTONE www.caeserstone.co.za/en/Pages/default.aspx.Extremely expensive but a very smooth and hardwearing surface.Caesarstone is manufactured from mainly quarts (up to 93%) mixed with polymer resins and pigments to form dense, non-porous slabs which, after curing are gauged to exact thicknesses and polished to an everlasting shine.Caesarstone is imported from America and cut to the required sizes by local granite suppliers.
When choosing HANDLES of which there are hundreds to choose from, one has to take a few things into consideration.(1)Should there be little children in the household one should refrain from using handles with sharp edges or corners as the children can knock or bump into the handle and hurt themselves. (2)Round knob handles always tend to find their way to become loose and needs to be tightened on a regular basis. (3)When choosing bar handles or any other shape handle manufactured from stainless steel, one must ensure that, should you live near or at the coast, the handles are solid stainless steel in order to prevent corrosion forming on the handles over time.
A wide variety of accessories are available ie. Lazy Susan for corner cupboards, Chrome fittings to fit inside as well as outside cupboards being a wine bottle holder, spice unit or pantry storage units. See BLUM www.eclipsegroup.co.za website.