CHOOSING THE RIGHT GARAGE STORAGE CABINETS FOR YOUR CALIFORNIA HOMEJuly 29, 2017
Choosing the right garage storage cabinets for your California home can be difficult, but it’s vital to choose a material that works best for the application you have in mind. Here are the key takeaways for three of the most popular garage cabinet materials.
PLASTIC GARAGE STORAGE CABINETS
Also known as “resin,” plastic is a popular storage cabinet material because it’s very affordable. Plastic also isn’t susceptible to many of the environmental challenges found in the garage. For example, the material doesn’t rot the way wood does or corrode like metal when exposed to water, making it a good choice for damp places like the garage. Plastic is also easy to simply wipe clean if it becomes dusty or dirty.
A major problem with plastic is that it has a lower load-bearing capacity than other cabinet materials. Plastic shelves could crack under the weight of heavy bins and boxes, so if you plan to store anything that weighs a lot, a stronger cabinet material like wood or metal could be the better option.
WOOD GARAGE STORAGE CABINETS
The most common types of engineered wood used to build garage storage cabinets include particle board, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and plywood. Sometimes, wood storage cabinets have a core made of engineered wood for strength and a laminate or melamine veneer for good looks. As long as you choose a quality product with thick shelves and durable hardware, wood storage cabinets can bear a heavy load and last for a long time.
A drawback to wood is that it’s a very heavy material, meaning you may want a professional to install wood cabinets for you. If your cabinets sit on the ground, they’re also susceptible to moisture damage from water and snow runoff. Mounting wood cabinets to the wall helps reduce the risk of moisture damage.
METAL GARAGE STORAGE CABINETS
Aluminum, steel and stainless steel are your metal storage cabinet options. A powder coating gives metal cabinets a beautiful finish and helps to prevent corrosion. Compared to plastic and wood, metal can support the heaviest load for its weight.
The downfall of metal is its high cost. The extra weight-bearing capacity might not be worth the required investment, depending on what you plan to store in your garage cabinets. Metal can also corrode if it comes in contact with moisture or corrosive chemicals, even with a powder coating in place.
Now that you know more about which type of garage cabinets could work best in your California home, please contact us for a free California garage cabinet installation quote today!