Are you planning to remodel your kitchen but don’t know where to start?
The first and possibly most important step of any kitchen remodel is to choose the perfect materials for your cabinets, countertops and kitchen islands.
We know that deciding on the materials is not easy and requires a lot of research to know all the pros and cons of using different wood species. That’s exactly why we decided to create this short guide for you about one of the most popular cabinet materials – alder wood.
Let’s see what alder wood can offer for you and your home!
Due to its similar colors and reddish undertones, many people choose alder wood as a substitute to the cherry wood which has a higher price tag.
While it has a fairly similar look to cherry wood, it’s worth noting that alder doesn’t go through the same aging process as cherry: exposed to sunlight, cherry develops a darker hue over the years, but alder keeps the same color.
This quality earned alder wood its popularity.
Undeservingly, alder used to be considered as a less valuable material for woodwork but nowadays, thanks to changing trends, you can see alder wood cabinets in high-end places too.
Alder wood is somewhat softer than other hardwoods which allows for a lower bending strength, however, softness also makes it slightly less durable than cherry, maple or oak.
Just like cherry, alder is also a closed-grain, non-porous hardwood and handles stains quite well – thanks to this versatility, it is no surprise that alder is very popular with homeowners.
Rustic alder has beautiful natural knots and mineral streaks, making it the ideal material for a farmhouse style kitchen.
It is can also offer a modern twist when paired with the proper accents.
Before you make a final decision about which material to use for your kitchen cabinets, it is best to see your options for yourself in a showroom, so feel free to make an appointment to our Gainesville showroom, or email us if you have any questions!