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Answers to some frequently asked questions may help in your decision making process. If you have any questions of your own feel free to call or e-mail us.
 
  Why should we hire Rogers Cabinets to build our cabinets?
  What is the sequence of events for a kitchen project?
  How can the type of wood used affect the cost of my cabinets?
  What is the difference between Faceframe cabinets and Frameless (European) cabinets?
  What is the difference between custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinets?
  What are inset doors?
  What is an inset bead?
  What kind of finish is best on kitchen and bath cabinets?
  What kind of drawers are best?
  How important are drawer slides in my cabinets?
  What wood should I use for my cabinets?
  What type of countertop should I use?

Why should we hire Rogers Cabinets to build our cabinets?
Rogers Cabinets has a reputation for building high-quality custom cabinets of all kinds, with a dedication to our craft and our customers. From start to finish, we are determined to provide the highest level of cabinetmaking possible, using the finest materials, in the best designs. We aren't a high-volume production shop that rolls out the same cabinets over and over without much attention to quality or detail. We focus, instead, on the projects at hand, and move on to the next only when we are satisfied with the results.
 
What is the sequence of events for a kitchen project?
Installation of the cabinets varies somewhat on whether it is a remodelling project or new construction. In either case all of the rough plumbing and electrical are done and finish plaster has been dry for at least a week. Usually the finish floor has been installed. The cabinets are then installed plumb and level, scribing them to fit any irregular surfaces, making sure all appliance will fit as planned. Templates are made for countertops to be fabicated off site, and installed (depending on type)  approx. 7 - 10 days later. During that time trim work is done, finish painting, then the finish electrical. Once the countertops are in, the appliances are installed and the sink hooked up. When the coordination of all the sub contractors is done properly, and everyone does their job, it goes very smoothly. Having a reputable contractor and sub contractors are key to getting excellent results.
 
How can the type of wood used affect the cost of my cabinets?
Although the cost of various kinds of wood changes almost weekly, the difference between each type isn't that great. Some exceptions might be imported wood like Teak and Rosewood, or highly-figured wood such as Birdseye Maple or Walnut. How the tree is cut can also affect its cost, like quartersawn oak. But generally speaking, the cost-difference between Cherry, Oak, Maple, Birch, and others isn't very much. They are all expensive!
If a salesman tells you the cost of your kitchen cabinets will be $2,000 more in Cherry versus Red Birch, don't buy it. Walk away!
 
What is the difference between Faceframe cabinets and Frameless (European) cabinets?
Both types of cabinets are good. Faceframe cabinets are considered more of a traditional type of construction, and date back to the colonial period. The frame is made-up of stiles (vertical pieces) and rails (horizontal pieces), and doors that are hinged to the frame. The hinge is usually exposed, with the door over-laying the frame or inset into the frame opening.
Frameless or European cabinets have no exposed frames. The doors and drawers cover the cabinet completely and the hinge is usually concealed.
Your choice of either style is a matter of preference and what appeals to you most.
 
What is the difference between custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinets?
Custom cabinets are designed and built individually for a specific customer without any limitations regarding size, shape, color, type of wood or style. A particular style cabinet may be built only one time for a customer, never to be repeated again. The only limitation is the amount of space available and your imagination.
Semi-custom and stock cabinets are essentially the same thing. Stock cabinets are mass-produced by someone you have never spoken to, are dropped off on your doorstep in cardboard boxes, and installed by someone not affiliated with the manufacturer. They are produced by large robotic machines, in predetermined sizes and styles, which afford you very few options in the design of your kitchen. A  salesman might tell you it's semi-custom, because he used a 12 inch deep upper cabinet in your island, or a stock upper cabinet was installed 6 inches higher than the rest. Either way, it is still a stock cabinet,(maybe the same kind your neighbor has),shipped in a cardboard box, and made by someone who has no idea of what you're all about.
 
What are inset doors?
Inset doors separate a true craftsman from the rest. An inset door refers to how a door hangs on a faceframe cabinet. It is usually mounted on butte hinges and is fitted inside the cabinet opening flush with the frame. The small space that surrounds the door must be even on all sides to look right.
Most shops will shy away from this style because it is difficult to do, time consuming, and requires a lot of skill. We specialize in it!  
 
What is an inset bead?
An inset bead refers to a molded shape cut into the inside edges of the faceframe where the door or drawer front hangs. It is a small detail that has a big impact on the look of the cabinets. Rogers Cabinets has designed other inset bead styles not seen anywhere else.
 
What kind of finish is best on kitchen and bath cabinets?
Unlike furniture, the finish on kitchen and bath cabinets need to withstand household chemicals such as alcohol, ammonia, acids, etc. Also heat, moisture and constant use take its toll. So it's important that the finish holds up under these conditions. Lacquer, the most common finish, might be fine for a bookcase or a hutch, but it is not ideal for kitchen and bath cabinets.
We use conversion varnish, which is a two-part catalyzed finish that is very durable and long lasting which address all these issues.  
 
What kind of drawers are best?
What constitutes quality drawer construction is the type of joinery used and the quality of the materials. Types of joints used might be a dovetail, rabbet, dowel, finger joint or a simple butt joint. The one that has stood the test of time and the most appealing is the dovetailed drawer. Pull out a drawer from an antique piece of furniture. Chances are it's made of hardwood and has small dovetails cut into the sides of the drawer. This method is not only attractive, but very strong and will last for many years.
The dovetailed drawer is our most common method of construction.

 
How important are drawer slides in my cabinets?
Drawer slides breaking or not working properly are probably the the most frequent failure in most kitchens. They are used more often and take more abuse than anything else. So it's very important that they are of high quality and will hold up for a long period of time. Things to look for are, how smoothly and quietly they operate, how much weight they are rated for, and whether they extend fully from the cabinets. The type we use are full extension undermount slides. They are fully concealed when open, accentuating the dovetail sides and have a soft close feature which closes the drawer automatically.
 
What wood should I use for my cabinets?
Some kinds of wood have unique characteristics that make them suitable for specific purposes. For example: Maple - used for children's furniture, because of its strength and resistance to splintering; Mahogany - for fine furniture, because of its beauty and stability; Cherry - for its beautiful grain and rich patina; Teak, Redwood, & Cedar for their resistance to rot; Ash and Hickory - for their shock absorbing qualities, as found in bats and ax handles; also, Poplar and Soft Maple - which take paint very well; and, Red and White Oak -  for their durability and strength. We have hundreds of doors samples from a variety of woods to chose from in our showroom. Ultimately, the type of wood and design you choose will reflect the style and character you envision for your kitchen.  
 
What type of countertop should I use?
Some customers choose Granite for its beauty and durability, Corian for integral sinks and creative design options, or Formica tops for color selection and lower cost. If you want texture in the design, you might choose tile, for a low-maintenance area you might opt for the warmth of a wood countertop. In a  high-tech commercial design, stainless steel might be the right choice. Other options might be concrete, quartz, or a glass composite.
How the surface will be used, and what look you are trying create, will usually dictate which type of countertop to choose.
We have used all of these surfaces individually and in combination with one another with great results.