Learning the ABCs of RTF Cabinets

If you’ve been shopping for new cabinets, then you already know you have a lot of decisions to make. There are two options out there: 1) wood, 2) or Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) with Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) finish. The second choice might sound like a mouthful, but MDF cabinets with an RTF finish can be a great option when you’re looking for a high-end look without the high price tag. What is an RTF finish? Read on to learn the ABCs of RTF, to see if it could be the best choice for your home.

Not All Cabinets are Created Equal

Wood cabinets, simply stated, are made from wood. No surprises there.

Cabinets that are MDF, on the other hand, are constructed from crushed up wood particles and resin that are pressed together, resulting in a strong, more cost-effective cabinet. Rigid thermofoil (RTF) is composed of thin layers of vinyl that are bonded to the MDF surface through high heat and pressure (via a large vacuum press). The result is a beautiful and durable product with the high-end look of real wood. MDF alone is not an adequate material for cabinet doors and drawers – it will chip, swell and can’t be painted easily. That’s why RTF is an important component to strengthen, seal and protect the door front.

Why Choose MDF Cabinets with an RTF Finish?

For years, homeowners have been praising the many benefits of RTF cabinetry, which include durability and good looks. Granite and Trend Transformations offer a beautiful selection of premium constructed MDF/RTF cabinets that can be customized to any style, color or finish that you desire. Here are some other featured benefits to help you decide:

  • Strong and durableMDF/RTF cabinets
  • Beautiful in any décor
  • Easy to clean
  • Low-maintenance compared to natural wood
  • Smooth, uniform and consistent color (free of knots and grain patterns)
  • Waterproof
  • Nonporous
  • Warp-resistant
  • Won’t twist or crack easily
  • Less expensive than real wood

Affordable Luxury

Let’s face it. Renovations can be expensive. When every dollar is budgeted, choosing RTF cabinets is easier on your wallet and can last many years. Wood cabinets are always a good option for high-end remodeling projects with higher budgets and will generally last longer than RTF. If you’re looking to customize your cabinets with any add-on accessories, you’ll already be ahead of the budget curve to splurge for those upgrades you’ve always wanted. Here are some of today’s most popular add-on cabinet accessories that many cabinet manufacturers and cabinet refacing companies like Granite and Trend Transformations provide:

  • Upgraded hardwaredrawer partitions
  • Lazy Susans
  • Organizers
  • Plate racks
  • Wine racks
  • Drawer dividers
  • Tray dividers
  • Cookbook racks
  • Rollout spice racks and trays
  • Double pullout waste basket

Contact us today to schedule your free in-home design consultation to learn more about cabinet refacing services. A beautiful new kitchen may be closer than you think.

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