Choosing the Right Type of Door

Sliding doors in this contemporary camp provide a better view and easy access to the deck

Creating a home both beautiful and functional

The doors you choose for your home may seem like a minor detail, but you’ll actually look at and use them daily. The doors you choose for your interior and exterior will have a lasting impact on the look, feel, and usability of your home. Learning about the different types of doors, from those that allow entry from the outside to the interior doors that provide privacy within your home, can help you make the best choices for your needs.

8 Types of Doors
The materials your doors are made from will vary based on where the door is intended to be used and its purpose. Wood, glass, fiberglass, and other materials affect a door and make it more suited to indoor or exterior use. The features, materials, and style of the door all help determine if it is ideally suited for use in your home. Here we cover the most popular types, their features, and uses.

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Exterior/Entry Door

Exterior or Entry Doors
Exterior doors come in a number of styles, depending on the location. Entry doors, including front doors and side doors, are most often hinged single doors, while porch or patio doors are more often sliders (or gliders), or French doors to let in more of the view. Since they connect to the outdoors, they are better insulated, heavier duty materials and construction, and feature solid cores or double-pane insulated glass.

Hinged Single Door

Hinged Single Door
The most popular interior door, this lightweight door is mounted on hinges, and swings. This type of door can also be used as an exterior door, but will be thicker and heavier, and have three hinges instead of two.

Flush Door

Flush Door
A slab or panel made of lightweight materials, sometimes with a veneer or thin slice of hardwood. If this door has a veneer, it could be stained; otherwise it is generally painted to match your home. An interior flush door is usually hollow, while an exterior door will be heavier and made from fiberglass, metal, or a combination of materials.

Panel Door

Panel door
The traditional front door with several panels providing depth and interest, this door can also have surface modeling and details. Depending on the materials, a panel door can be modern or traditional, and used inside or out.

French Door

French and Hinged Patio Doors
This is actually two doors in a set, usually featuring glass panels. Often used to highlight a beautiful room or more commonly, a magnificent view, they work well for patios, decks, and porches. French doors fit well with most décor styles.

Hinged French doors provide easy entry from the porch in a Victorian home

Bifold Door

Bifold Door
Used primarily for closets more than 5 feet wide, a pair of bifold doors allows full access to the space. It does not need the swing room that a traditional hinged door requires, making it ideal for smaller spaces. Louvers, glass panels, and wood panels are just a few types of bifold doors.

Storm Door

Storm Doors and Screen Doors
Storm doors, often featuring glass, a screen, or both, can enhance security, and allow you to eliminate drafts and enjoy the view. The screen door allows air flow while keeping bugs and other critters out. Choose a storm door that complements your existing door, and your home style.

Sliding Door

Sliding or Gliding Patio doors
Typically used to give you access to the outdoors, sliding doors are made of large panes of glass to let in light and allow you to take in the view. While they may take up as much space as a pair of French doors, only one side slides open.

A large kitchen blends glass walls and windows with swinging French doors for a magnificent view

Our experts can help you choose a door that complements your home, fits into the space, and is made from the right material for the job. Together, we’ll make sure you’re delighted with the finished project, and enjoy your doors year after year.

For more information, start on our Doors Department page, then stop in to our Doors Department for expert advice.

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Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

Create your dream outdoor kitchen

The perfect outdoor kitchen starts with outdoor cabinets designed to create an appealing space that can survive the elements. Make your outdoor space more functional, efficient, and attractive. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your grilling area, or even just looking for storage solutions in your garage, patio, deck, pool, or boat dock, choosing the right cabinets makes all the difference.

You want your new outdoor kitchen to give you a place to store cooking utensils and plates/napkins/eating utensils, as well as special cabinets for a propane tank, sink, built-in grill, and more.

We carry Wolf Endurance Cabinetry, made specifically for the outdoors. They’re built to hold up to temperature changes, and all the elements under Florida conditions like hurricanes and salt water spray, so they can easily handle our local weather.

Your outdoor cabinets…

  • Are made from lightweight, durable aluminum in 3 colors of weather-resistant powder coat
  • Have solid core doors with stainless steel hardware
  • Feature storage, sinks, grill enclosures, and more
  • Can be bolted down with cables on the underside of the cabinets
  • Are fully encapsulated storage
  • Have rubber seals around door and drawer openings
  • Offer soft-close drawer glides
  • Have doors that snap closed
  • Feature doors and drawers that are designed to prevent small-to-medium-sized animals from getting inside
  • Carry a Limited Lifetime warranty

Like conventional kitchen cabinets, outdoor cabinets do not come with their own countertops, and we always recommend using a material that is UV-resistant, like granite. Quartz is not UV-resistant and will fade in sunlight, and so is not recommended for outdoor use. We can help you source your countertops, or provide suggestions for DIY solutions.

With cabinets built for the purpose, your gorgeous new outdoor kitchen will be the perfect centerpiece during the warm weather, and raise the bar for outdoor fun.

Other Outdoor Cabinet Uses
If your outdoor kitchen is already finished, or you don’t need cabinets to improve your outdoor cooking game, you can still use cabinets to upgrade any outdoor space, and make you more efficient.

  • Garage: store tools, gardening supplies, soil, seed, and more
  • Boat dock: store life vests, ropes, buoys, and fishing equipment
  • Indoor/outdoor pool area: always have a place for snorkels, kids’ toys, pool chemicals, pool noodles, and more, without the expense of a pool house
  • Other outdoor storage: store everything from lawn chair cushions to animal feed, depending on your needs

Choose the Right Configuration
Outdoor cabinets come in a number of modular units that give you the freedom to configure the right mix for your space. If you’re not sure what will fit the style of your space and your home, how many cabinets will work, or the best way to configure your cabinets, stop in to see our designers—we can help. We’ll make sure you get attractive, durable cabinets for your outdoor storage needs, all to fit your budget.

For more information, start on our Kitchen Department page, then stop in to our Kitchen Department for expert advice.

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How to Approach Roof Repair

Installing and repairing shingles to eliminate leaks

We have many requests for assistance with roof repair, from water leaks to damaged shingles, ice dams in the winter, and more. While we do have roof repair advice and products, our first recommendation is to make sure your roof covering (whether it’s new or a replacement) is done right to prevent leaks in the first place.

Preventing Roof Leaks: Installation
Whether you’re doing the work yourself or hiring professionals, proper installation of a water barrier and shingles is crucial to preventing or reducing future leaks. Most leaks occur for one of four reasons:

  • Old shingles disintegrating or curling
  • Poor or improper installation/sealing of surfaces, edges, and roof protrusions (including vent pipes and roof windows)
  • Damage from sources like hail or tree branches, or even protruding nails
  • Seeping water syphoning beneath the shingles from ice dams on the roof edges

Proper roof installation and sealing begins with installation of an underlayment, like Grace Ice & Water Shield, which we carry. Almost every licensed and experienced roofing company, when building or installing a new roof, uses this type of product, which seals the roof deck from outside water, or even water seeping upward from ice dams. It will be used on roof edges, all the way up to roof openings like skylights, and often in the “valleys” of our roofline, where downward-sloping sections meet. Next, all the eaves, roof windows (skylights), vent pipes, vent stacks, chimneys, and other breaks in the roof deck are sealed with a rubberized asphalt around their edges.

Next are the shingles, almost all of which now come with 25-50-year (or lifetime) warranties. The warranties cover against defects for that long, but not damage or natural weathering and aging. Properly installed, all of the shingles we offer will give you long-term protection from rain, snow, and wind.

Repairing Roof Leaks
In our region, most leaks occur in the winter. Aside from damage (fallen trees or branches, mostly), leakage occurs when ice forms on the roof edge (which generally has no insulation), and melting snow has nowhere to go. This ice buildup is called an ice dam, and when water backs up, it can syphon upward and sideways underneath the shingles, often traveling quite a distance before finding an opening into which it enters our homes. This makes locating leaks especially difficult, as the point of entry is rarely where the water starts. Plugging one hole may stop that one drip for the time being, but doesn’t solve the bigger problem. The next more prevalent leaks come from dried, cracked, and crumbling seals around the roof protrusions like vents and skylights.

Vent pipe, chimney, and skylight leaks can all be resealed with a plastic roof cement. This trowel-consistency product will seal the leaks, and once dried, last for years. These types of repairs may involve temporarily lifting or removing the shingles around the edges, and replacing them afterward.

For larger repairs around damaged areas, protruding nails, or when installing new vent pipes, a layer of roof cement, followed by a roofing membrane like a fiberglass mesh, followed by another layer of roof cement, can provide a serious and long-lasting seal.

Replacing Shingles
When you see your shingles cracking, curling at the edges, or delaminating, it may be time to replace them. Check your warranty to see if they’re failing before their time. If it’s time to replace them, it’s also the time to replace your underlayment with a new, more versatile product that will seal better, and prevent some of the problems we’ve talked about here. Most shingles will show some minor surface disintegration over time without losing their integrity, so check for more serious damage before making the call to replace your entire roof. Take pictures to show one of our roofing experts, or consult a roofing installation professional for informed advice.

Choosing the Right Roof Repair Products
Our experts can help you find the right repair and replacement products for your roof. Share with us the details of your issue, and we’ll make sure you have everything you need to get the job done. For more information, start on our Roofing & Siding Department page, then stop in for great advice from a JAY-K Lumber expert.

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How to Choose the Right Window Style

Find the right windows for your home

The windows you choose will have a lasting impact on not only your comfort and enjoyment of your home, but your curb appeal as well. Choosing the right windows from the start ensures you get the look, qualities, and style you want and will enjoy for years to come. From selecting the styles that best match your home’s architecture to determining your privacy and home interior needs, these tips will help you choose the perfect windows for your home.

Learn the Different Window Types and Names
Do you know what you like, but not sure what it’s called? Learning the names and styles of the most popular windows can help you relay your preferences to your installer(s).

Popular Window Types

Double Hung: The most common type; both the top and lower pane can be moved.

Single Hung: Only the lower pane moves.

Casement: A casement window is hinged and opens like a door.

Awning: An awning opens from the top, providing cover but allowing air to enter.

Glider: Panes slide to open—a clean look and great space-saving design.

Bay: Both types of bay windows extend outward, allowing maximum light to enter the home.

Corner: Turns a corner—ideal for showcasing an amazing view.

Specialty (shapes): Designed to highlight specific features or add light where it is needed most.

Round top: A decorative window with a curved top, often above a door or all types of windows.

Tilt Turn and Hopper: A multifunction Euro Style window that tilts in or out.

Contemporary Studio: Large, modern styles that can span entire walls and let in more light.

Consider Your Architecture
Your home has a distinctive look and design that makes it stand out; the windows you choose should complement this style. The types of windows you choose can conflict with your home’s exterior or elevate it to new heights—considering the overall design of your home ensures you love the finished project.

What Do You Want Them to Do?
While all windows let in light and allow you to see a view, they can also allow you to access the outdoors or let in a breeze. It is easier to choose the types of window panes that will serve you best if you know what you want most.

Consider Both Mullions and Frames
Choosing from the distinct types of windows is just the start; consider your frames and mullions as well. (A mullion is that vertical support in a window that separates panes or sections.) These add both color and detail to your home, and can be designed to enhance your existing exterior.

Light and Ventilation
If you have areas with low light—like a basement—a window can add light or allow for ventilation without wasting power. When choosing among the types of windows, consider the amount of ventilation and light you’d like to naturally enter this space.

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Choose the Right Types of Windows for Your Interior
The exterior of your home may be the primary factor in your decision-making process, but the types of windows you choose will also have an impact on your home’s interior. Consider your home décor, view, and more when you look at different house windows types.

The right windows will enhance your home both inside and out, keep you comfortable year round, and satisfy your needs. If you have an idea of the look you like or the functionality you want, start there—and then check with your installer and JAY-K Lumber expert to make sure the windows you like are truly the right ones for your home. You’ll live with these windows for a long time, so taking the time to choose the right ones is the best way to ensure you’re happy with your home.

We’ll help you find the right windows to fit your budget, and to fit every room in your home. For more information, start on our Windows Department page, then stop in for great advice from a JAY-K Lumber window expert.

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Memorial Day Paint Sale

Get your painting done before the holiday

Ready to start that paint project? We want you to relax on Memorial Day, so we’re having a sale in our Paint Department from May 18-26, 2018, with specials on paint, stain, supplies, and more. That way, you can get your jobs done before the holiday (we’re taking the day off, too!)

Our paint store within a store is where you’ll find great service, the perfect paint and stain, and any supplies you need to complete your project.

Take advantage of our promotions all week:

  • Buy 4 gallons or more of ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains, and receive a free brush1

  • Buy 6 gallons or more of Benjamin Moore Exterior Paints or ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains, and receive an additional 5% off2

  • Buy 12 gallons or more of Benjamin Moore Exterior Paints or ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains, and receive an additional 10% off2

Start your paint project now, and be ready to relax on the holiday weekend.

Have a question about your paint project or any home improvement job? Just ask—we’re here to help!

1 Good on 123STAIN (oil products) and F51194 (water based products)
2Aura brand excluded. Purchases must be on one invoice. Paint and stains are non-returnable. No additional discounts apply.

3 Great Ways to Use Landscape Fabrics

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Make outdoor spaces low maintenance

Whether you’ve already put landscaping fabric to good use or not, you may believe, like most people, that it’s simply an easy way to reduce weeds when mulching around your home. You’ve seen (and maybe purchased) the classic fabric rolls of differing sizes and qualities. Or at the very least, you’ve seen professional landscapers do it, and wondered how you can put it to use for yourself, and save time pulling weeds come mid-summer. Make the best use of your time with these 3 great ways to use landscape fabric.

1. Planting And Landscaping
When you’re planting flower beds, spreading mulch, landscaping with shrubs, or using decorative stones, landscape fabric makes the perfect base on which to put your final layer of soil, mulch, or stone. When spreading the fabric in these applications, full coverage, with minimal breaks for stems of flowers or shrubs, will keep weeds to a minimum, and save you time and effort over the rest of the growing season. These are all excellent and traditional uses for landscape fabric, but better fabrics, and more expanded outdoor living choices, provide even more opportunities for putting it to use.

2. Make Outdoor Living More Stable
More and more, we are living outdoors in good weather, expanding our seating, eating, and relaxation areas. Most of the outdoor living and home improvement shows are showing you better ways to make the outdoors more relaxing, enjoyable, and beautiful. Commercial grade landscaping fabrics are now a big part of creating these areas so that they stay clean, attractive, and low-maintenance. Use it as a layer beneath outdoor hardscaping, grilling and seating areas, fire pits, and covered porches. You can install the fabric beneath pavers to minimize weeds between stones and stabilize the soil. Brands like DeWitt can help you separate and stabilize soils on serious hardscaping jobs.

3. Supporting Artificial Grass
Although rain is generally plentiful in our region, more people are complementing their outdoor living spaces with artificial grass or turf. Some have trouble growing grass in their soil, while others may want a grass-like surface in high-traffic areas. This is where artificial grass can be a great option. From pool surrounds, to softer play surfaces around your hardscape or patio, artificial turf, supported by landscape fabric, can keep weeds down and stabilize the underlying soil. Specialized landscape fabric just for turf use is also easier to install, so you’ll be saving effort during and after your installation.

Ask Our Experts
If you’re ready to take on a serious outdoor landscaping project, from hardscaping to artificial turf, start with the right landscape fabric. Ask our outdoor living experts for the best choices for your projects, and for installation tips. For more information, stop in to the store for expert advice.

5 Top Reasons to Choose Diamond Kote® Siding

Save yourself years of worry with the industry leader

Your home will be your fortress for many years to come, so you want to make sure you and your family are well-protected from the elements. You also don’t want to have to spend unnecessary time painting, repairing, or replacing the siding to keep it in good repair and looking great. Enter pre-finished siding made by Diamond Kote® pre-finished LP® SmartSide®.

What are the top 5 reasons to choose Diamond Kote siding?

1. Durability
Diamond Kote® leads the industry in pre-finished LP® SmartSide® products, and is backed by a 30-Year No Fade Warranty, and an overall 5/50-Year Limited Warranty. Their products are exclusively built on LP® SmartSide®, an engineered wood siding, and treated with a SmartGuard® process to withstand extreme temperatures, high humidity, freeze/thaws, fungal decay, and termites.

LP® SmartSide® products resist impacts of everyday bumps, stands up to harsh weather, and resists hail damage better than fiber cement and vinyl. NASA testing of LP® SmartSide® siding has also shown that it resists impacts better from baseballs, golf balls, river rocks, and marbles traveling at high speeds.

2. Appearance Choices
You can choose from 30 different colors, or create a custom color; you are only limited by your preferences. Diamond Kote re-manufactures LP® SmartSide® into a hidden fastener system. This uniform, attractive finish stands the test of time with no peeling, chalking or fading, and includes a DuoBlend Premium Collection that mimics natural and distressed wood. The Diamond Kote pre-finish process includes a proprietary paint, which uses the purest metal oxide colorants extracted from rocks. These natural, raw pigments don’t fade over time, and keep your siding vibrant while protecting it from destructive ultraviolet rays that cause synthetic tints to fade quickly.

3. Low Maintenance
Diamond Kote is designed to be low maintenance, and resists the buildup of dirt and grime, while also locking out moisture. It’s easy to clean, and the durable finish reduces your maintenance costs and labor over many other siding choices. Their coloring process provides consistent paint coverage by breaking down  the finish into smaller particles, allowing it to bond better for flawless coverage which can’t be duplicated with traditional onsite and flood coat applications. The product is finished by being sent through the oven to create a durable scratch-resistant finish.

4. Convenient Handling
Their packaging system reduces the risk of scuffing and scratching during transportation and handling. Their siding and shakes are packaged in 4-packs, their trim in 2-packs, and their one-piece corners are individually wrapped. Diamond Kote’s RigidStack™ siding is a great example of the smartly designed, durable options available to make installation faster and easier while maintaining superior strength and weather-resistance.

5. Ecological Responsibility
Diamond Kote paints are water borne, for low-V.O.C emissions, and their semi-trucks are powered by compressed natural gas, reducing greenhouse gas emissions up to 20%. The entire manufacturing process is also earth-friendly, and run in accordance with Sustainable Forestry Initiative® standards. They use wood from small, fast-growing trees for less waste and better resource use. This process uses the entire log, with no urea-formaldehyde, and low-emitting safe resins as a binder. And the zinc-borate in LP’s SmartGuard® manufacturing process is a naturally-occurring material.

Ask Our Experts
When you’re ready to use a more durable, low-maintenance siding, ask our siding experts or stop in to work out the details for estimating and ordering, and even for installation tips.

3 Things You Should Do Before Every Paint Job

A room with walls painted with Benjamin Moore paint

When you do it right, a fresh paint job is one of the most efficient and inexpensive ways to transform the look of a room. Whether you’re a professional or a first time do-it-yourselfer, follow these 3 steps before starting, and your paint job will always turn out great.

1. Pick up all your supplies
Before opening your first can of paint, think about your job needs from start to finish—and ask one of our experts—to make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need so you won’t have to stop everything for an extra run to the store. Your supplies could include primer and paint, painter’s tape, paint brushes and rollers (depending on your project), paint scraper or putty knife, sandpaper, roller trays, caulk or putty, and drop cloths. Remember that one of the biggest differences between a professional-looking paint job and an amateur one is the quality of your brushes and rollers, so don’t skimp on quality when choosing supplies.

2. Pick the right paint
Every project is different, and while many paint cans may look the same, it’s what inside that counts. While most people focus on what color they want, it is equally important to select a paint based on how you need it to perform. Each paint, especially each of our Benjamin Moore® products, is crafted to serve a specific role, making it the most effective in its category. For example, Aura® Bath & Spa breaks the old rules by letting you use a matte finish in humid areas, and Natura® is our greenest paint (lowest VOCs1 and emissions)

3. Prepare your surface properly
The biggest mistake a painter of any skill level can make is skipping the proper prep work. It is a critical step in the process to give you professional-looking results the first time around. First, completely clean the surface of any dirt, dust, grease, soap, wax, or mildew, then dull the glossy areas by sanding them. Prior to painting, make sure that all your surfaces are dry, and use painter’s tape to mask your baseboards, trim, and any other area you don’t want painted, like outlet covers and light switches.

By following these basic tips, you’ll save yourself time, effort, and unnecessary trips back to the store. With some planning and expert advice, you’ll do a great paint job every time.

Learn more on our Interior Paint Department page, then visit our Paint Department for expert advice.

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1Zero VOC according to EPA Method 24.

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WALLS: Wedding Veil 2125-70, Aura® Bath & Spa, Matte
WINDOW TRIM: Hazy Skies OC-48, Aura® Bath & Spa, Matte
LOWER WALL: Blue Danube 2062-30, Aura® Bath & Spa, Matte

A Paint That Looks Great Morning, Noon, and Night

A room with walls painted with Benjamin Moore paint

There are many factors to consider when deciding on the right color for your space, and lighting is one of the most important. When choosing a color, you want to make sure you consider how paint and light interact. Here are a few tips for finding a color that will look great at any time of day.

1. Assess lighting. Light really can change the way we see a color and the mood it creates. This is why it can be so challenging to find the right paint color for a room. When working with a customer to choose a paint color, I ask questions about lighting in the room. We have to consider lighting on so many levels, from the type of lighting, both natural and artificial, to the direction of the sun, and the time of day. For this reason, I like deep, rich, bold colors, which can feel less changeable in different light, and still convey a strong sense of mood. Their dimension and depth are really brought to life with light.

2. Trial run. The most effective and budget-friendly way to choose your paint is to test out the color before committing. You can stop by JAY-K Lumber and purchase a sample. Testing and enjoying the color in your space over a few days will allow you to see how the color changes and adjusts to lighting throughout the day. Morning light casts blue undertones, while evening light is warmer, more red, so it’s important to look at colors at different times of day, as it can have a significant effect on the undertone of your chosen color.

3. Finish with a lasting impression. Just like choosing paint colors, there are several options when it comes to finishes. The higher the sheen, the more glare there will be from the lighting source. This can be a bonus if you want light to reflect around a room and bring a darker color to life. On the other hand, a flat or matte paint finish will have very little or no reflection, and can appear darker. For more sheen on walls, we recommend a satin or eggshell finish. For less sheen, look for a flat or matte finish in our Premium ben®, Regal® Select, or Aura® lines.

Want to learn more? Start on our Interior Paint Department page, then visit our Paint Department for expert advice.

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WALLS: Shadow 2117-30, Aura®, Eggshell
MANTLE: Ebony King 2132-20, ADVANCE®, Matt
TRIM: Chalk White 2126-70, ADVANCE®, Semi-Gloss

Kitchen Cabinet Styles – Design To Fit Your Taste

What kitchen cabinet style should you choose for your kitchen? There are so many unique cabinet styles to be had, but they can all be grouped in four main categories. Choosing a cabinet style is highly personal, but should also be influenced by the style of your house. A modern, high-gloss flat slab cabinet style would look out of place in a Victorian style home, for example. But designers at JAY-K Lumber have the knowledge and experience to help you make an informed decision about what will look great in your home, and reflect your personal style and taste.

Shaker (aka Mission) Style
The Shaker door style is, by far, the most trending style right now. The Shaker door is made up of stiles and rails connected with mortise and tenon joints, and a flat center panel. Because of its simple lines, the Shaker is fairly easy to clean, with minimal grooves for dust and grime to collect.

The Shaker cabinet style is also eclectic. A white painted Shaker could work in a contemporary kitchen with brushed nickel or champagne bronze accents. Or it could be found in a country farmhouse with an apron sink. A high-gloss navy or emerald green Shaker could be found in a loft apartment. A rustic hickory Shaker style would be at home in the Adirondacks, or in a log home.

Depending on what wood species and color you choose, a Shaker door could go with any style home, and be paired with any of a number of interior decors. Because of its wide range of appeal, if you’re looking to flip a house, a white Shaker is a good way to go.

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Slab Style
The slab door style is a completely flat door. It usually has a high gloss finish on solid colors, or a matte or satin finish on wood grain. A slab door is very easy to clean, and is used often in hospitality situations that value function over form.
Many hospitals and schools use slab door cabinetry with antibacterial laminate finishes. But with so many color and stain choices, there is no reason it can’t also be chic and glamorous.

In a contemporary loft setting, white slab is often paired with black, Lucite, stainless steel, or champagne bronze accents. It also looks great with some rich dark wood tones—like walnut—to warm it up.
A stained wood slab can look either funky and retro, or very contemporary, depending on the wood species and color. Right now, dark rich brown stains are more in style. A light- or middle-toned wood would be more of a “mid-century modern” or 60s style kitchen.

If you want to get really bold and personalized, going with a dark Emerald Green or bright Fuschia is a fun way to bring your personality into your home. But beware—do this only if you’re planning to stay where you are for quite a while. A prospective buyer might not have the same taste.

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Raised Panel Style
Raised panel doors are the second most popular cabinet door style in our geographical area. A raised panel door is made up of stiles and rails connected with mortise and tenon joints, and a raised panel in the center.

They are usually stereotyped as being traditional or old-fashioned, especially doors with an arch on top. Most new raised panels now are square on top. But a raised panel door style doesn’t have to be the style of years past. A painted white raised panel style kitchen is very versatile, and can range from eclectic to beachy to farmhouse to traditional, depending on what it’s paired with.

A dark cherry raised panel door is traditional but timeless. Rich brown cherry cabinets never really go out of style. Pair them with a light cream colored countertop, and you’ll be golden!

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Mitered Style
A mitered door style is made of stiles and rails that meet at 45-degree angles in the corners. The center panel can be flat or raised.

The mitered style is usually a more intricate or detailed door, with either applied moldings, more grooves, or the stiles and rails have a “pillowed” effect.

A mitered door can range from mostly simple, with only a little more detail than is found on a Shaker door, to very intricate, with several decorative features.

A simple mitered door isn’t very fussy, and can work anywhere, and in any finish.

A more detailed mitered style door tends to be found in traditional or Tuscan-inspired kitchens. You would not find this style in, say, a loft apartment.

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A Note About Center Panels
The center panel of a cabinet door could be made of several different materials. Generally, a center panel is either solid wood, or a composite of plywood veneer or MDF.

Most would think that a solid center panel is always best. This is actually not always true!

A solid wood center panel will have crisp lines, and will be made of 3-6 different pieces of wood glued together. You can usually see each individual board comprising the center panel. For a wood stain finish, this adds depth and character to the doors. But you might be surprised to learn that a solid center panel is not necessarily best. Because of seasonal heat and humidity changes causing expansion and contraction, a painted solid center panel may develop hairline cracks, especially where the center panel meets the stiles and rails. Plywood and MDF have minimal expansion with the seasons, and a lot of cabinet brands will automatically change the center panel on a painted finish to MDF because of its stability and smooth finish.

While there are a few more obscure styles—such as beaded and louvered doors—we hope this guide helps explain some of the more common terms you will come across when deciding on a kitchen cabinet style. Stop in and see our designers. We carry products from seven different cabinet companies, each with their own door styles and color variations, so we can always find a cabinet to fit your budget.

For more information, start on our Kitchen Department page, then stop in to our Kitchen Department for expert advice.

Have any questions? Ask one of our experts!


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