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Warranty information has at least one characteristic in common with a legal document or owner's manual ... they are not terrible exciting reading. However, like most small print, you should take a moment to read and understand the warranty. As you evaluate your cabinetry options, remember to consider these 4 questions.
1. What is covered?
Almost all warranties cover defects in the materials used in a cabinet’s construction. For example, if the hinge on a cabinet door breaks, a replacement hinge will be provided. Likewise, any defects due to workmanship will be covered. If the cabinets arrive and a piece of molding has a scratch in the finish, a new piece of molding will be supplied.
2. What is not covered?
There are three key items that are typically not covered by warranty … misuse, natural aging/darkening of the wood, and labor to replace defective materials. As you would expect, the warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, negligence and improper installation. So, if your son uses the drawer as a ladder to reach the cookie jar on the counter, any damage will not be covered.
Over time, wood and finishes will be affected by a variety of environmental factors … lighting, smoke, humidity, and household cleaners to name a few. Painted cabinets will eventually have small, visible cracking around joints due to the expansion/contraction of the wood from variation in household humidity. These are all considered part of the natural aging process of wood. Consequently, they are not considered imperfections and are not covered by warranties.
When an item is considered defective, the warranty only covers providing a replacement part. The labor cost to install/replace the defective part is typically not covered.
3. What is the length of the warranty?
Warranty length is generally related to the price of the cabinets. The more expensive the cabinets, the longer the warranty. In general, warranties run from 5 to 25 years. As you move to more expensive semi-custom or custom cabinets, the warranties are for the lifetime of the cabinets.
4. Is the warranty transferable?
Almost without exception, the warranty is only good for the original purchaser … it cannot be transferred when your home is sold.
If you believe there is an issue covered by warranty, we encourage contacting the company which supplied the cabinetry. They will be in the best position to help resolve your issue as quickly and conveniently as possible.
If you have looked at kitchen cabinets for any amount of time, you’re very much aware of the myriad of options that are available. From wood species to paint, stain, and glaze finishes, your choices can seem endless. Lest you think your decisions are confined only to the cabinet’s exterior, here are just a few examples of what can be done inside your cabinets.
Tilt-Out Sink Trays take the drawer front and transform it into storage that is not only convenient but also out of sight. Small items such as jewelry are kept safe in these trays while items such as soap and scouring pads stay close by for use and hidden when not needed.
Spice Racks incorporated into a kitchen design can eliminate the jumbled mess that often occurs when numerous bottles of spices inhabit one cabinet, saving you time and frustration during meal prep. They are available in different forms, including simple drawer inserts, shelves on the back of cabinet doors, and dedicated cabinets. They can also be hidden behind decorative molding or legs.
Waste Basket Kits keep the trash can hidden in a base cabinet, allowing a cleaner look in your kitchen. Multiple bins can be included for purposes such as recycling or housing soiled kitchen linens.
There are a variety of Cutlery and Drawer Organizer Trays available in numerous sizes and designs. Some are even designed to protect valuable silverware or provide safe storage for sharp knives.
Vertical Tray Dividers create partitions for items such as cookie sheets, serving trays, and baking pans. Not only does this make storage more convenient, but retrieving them when needed is much easier.
The options do not end here. Whether it be an Appliance Garage that provides out-of-sight storage for small countertop appliances, Rollout Trays that maximize the storage space in your base cabinets, or a Lazy Susan that allows for easy access of dishes or pantry items, there is no shortage of ways to fit your cabinets to your needs, giving them that personal touch.
Stop in at our Carmel, Indiana showroom and let our designers show how to get the most out of your new cabinets.
We don’t often think about the kitchen sink in terms of anything glamorous. After all, its purpose is almost entirely utilitarian. It washes everything from dirty dishes to dirty hands. You may use your sink for basic things, but that doesn’t mean the sink itself has to be basic. Today’s kitchen sinks are created to not only look appealing but also make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. With options in accessories and sizes, your sink can have its own sense of style.
More than just a basin for piling dirty dishes, today’s sinks offer a variety of convenient options for the busy homeowner. Custom cutting boards made to fit inside the sink offer a place to prep veggies and fruit near the sink, making clean up quick and concise.
Looking for a way to keep everything handy AND save space? Some sinks offer accessories where everything from your soap dish to your utensil holder can attach anywhere on the basin.
Metal grids made for the bottom of the sink not only give produce a resting place while washing but also protect the sink from the scratches or scuffs of pots and pans.
There are sinks available with a built in knife block and a cubby for larger kitchen utensils, such as spatulas. Other options include hanging racks for dish clothes and sponges as well as built in colanders.
Besides the various accessories, the size and shape of your sink can be personalized for your kitchen needs. The more standard double bowl sink is still very popular and quite practical in some kitchens.
Other kitchens are ideal for a larger deep basin sink or perhaps an apron front sink, which looks right at home in both traditional and contemporary settings. If countertop space permits, some may prefer a three-bowl, multi-depth chef sink. Before deciding, consider the size of your kitchen as well as how you will be using your sink. A large sink might be overwhelming in a small kitchen. Also, if you primarily use a dishwasher and only wash occasional dishes, a single bowl would likely be a better choice for you as opposed to someone who hand washes most of their dishes. They would benefit better from a double bowl sink.
There are many decisions throughout the kitchen remodeling process, including choices regarding the kitchen sink. Let The KitchenWright's designers help you navigate these options to make the best decision for your home. Give us a call at 317-848-1111 or stop in our Carmel Indiana showroom.
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