595 Read Drive
K I T C H E N S
400 Mt. Edward Road
For over 45 years, we have taken pride in the way our Prestige products are built. We select only the highest quality materials in an effort to create cabinetry that is durable, reliable, and
exactly what you've dreamed of.
Below you can explore basic supplies, styles, and discover exactly how a Prestige project is built, from the ground up.
Case Construction: Melamine vs. Plywood
Melamine, also known as particle board, is an engineered wood constructed with wood chips, shavings, and sawdust, with a laminated finish. Particle board is free from knots and arrives to our plant in 4’ x 8’ sheets that are 5/8” of an inch thick. While it can swell with excessive moisture, our high-grade particle board is strong, durable, and consistent in shape and thickness.
Plywood is also an engineered wood, but it is comprised of thin sheets that are adhered together to create layers. Plywood is strong and resistant to chipping, cracking, and can withstand excessive water damage. We use 5/8” of an inch thick, birch, cabinetry-grade plywood for durability, differing from the plywood you would find at your local hardware store.
At Prestige, we use a very traditional, reliable construction method that ensures a strong and dependable product. Wooden dowels and high grade glue are inserted into the case material by a large, state of the art machine press, compressing all pieces evenly on each end to retain perfect shape and durability.
Dowel construction eliminates separation, joint failures, or any exposed hardware. Dowel construction also ensures our product is aesthetically pleasing upon completion.
Did You Know?
Many job contractors or manufacturers will use various low-cost construction methods to ensure a fast and easy build, unfortunately taking precedence over quality. Pins, staples, and fasteners such as cam bolts are impractical for maintaining high-quality shape and strength.
Case Style: Framed vs. Frameless
Framed cabinet construction, as seen to the left, showcases an outer framework. Hinges are mounted to the face-frames of the doors, causing the door fronts to not completely cover the front of the cabinet. Although framed cabinets provide an attractive, traditional look, the existence of framework tends to minimize storage space, resulting in a less functional and inefficient product.
Frameless cabinetry, on the other hand, pictured left, provides access to every inch of cabinet space due to the elimination of framework. Roll-out shelves and other various accessories have the ability to increase functionality, maximize space, and are easily installed at the client’s desire. Frameless cabinetry provides a sleek, modern look that today’s most popular choice amongst our clients.
We use 110º Blum hinges, the most durable and reliable on the market. Manufactured and engineered in Austria, Blum also provides the following features:
6 Way Adjustable Build
110º Angle Opening
All-Metal Construction for Strength & Durability
Snap-On, Snap-Off feature for ideal installation
A standard, soft-close feature for smooth closure