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Learning the ABCs of RTF Cabinets

Last Updated on August 13, 2021

If you’ve been shopping for new cabinets, you already know you have a lot of decisions to make. There are two options out there: 1) wood, or 2) Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) with Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) finish. The second choice might sound like a mouthful, but MDF cabinets with an RTF finish can be a great option when you’re looking for a high-end look without the high price tag.

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations spells out the ABCs (see what we did there?) of RTF cabinets to keep you informed of your options. So, what is an RTF finish? Read on to learn more, and if they could be the best choice for your home.

Not All Cabinets are Created Equal

Wood cabinets, simply stated, are made from wood. No surprises there.

Cabinets that are MDF, on the other hand, are constructed from crushed-up wood particles and resin that are pressed together, resulting in a strong and more cost-effective cabinet. Rigid thermofoil (RTF) is composed of thin layers of vinyl that are bonded to the MDF surface through high heat and pressure (via a large vacuum press). The result is a beautiful and durable product with the high-end look of real wood. Keep in mind, however, that MDF alone is not an adequate material for cabinet doors and drawers, as it will chip, swell, and can’t be easily painted. That’s why RTF is an important component to strengthen, seal, and protect the door front.

Why Choose MDF Cabinets with an RTF Finish?

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For years, homeowners have been praising the many benefits of RTF cabinetry, ranging from its durability to how good it looks. Granite and TREND Transformations offers a beautiful selection of premium constructed MDF/RTF cabinets that can be customized to any style, color, or finish that you desire. Here are some other featured benefits to help you decide:

  • Strong and durable
  • Beautiful in any décor
  • Easy to clean
  • Low-maintenance compared to natural wood
  • Smooth, uniform, and consistent color (free of knots and grain patterns)
  • Waterproof
  • Nonporous
  • Warp-resistant
  • Won’t twist or crack easily
  • Less expensive than real wood 

Affordable Luxury

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Let’s face it. Renovations can be expensive. When every dollar is budgeted, choosing RTF cabinets is easier on your wallet, and they can last many years. Wood cabinets are always a preferred option for high-end remodeling projects with higher budgets and, and they will generally last longer than RTF. If you’re looking to customize your cabinets with any add-on accessories, you’ll already be ahead of the budget curve to splurge for those upgrades you’ve always wanted.

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Here are some of today’s most popular add-on cabinet accessories that many cabinet manufacturers and cabinet refacing companies like Granite and TREND Transformations provide:

  • Upgraded hardware
  • Lazy Susans
  • Organizers
  • Plate racks
  • Wine racks
  • Drawer dividers
  • Tray dividers
  • Cookbook racks
  • Rollout spice racks and trays
  • Double pullout waste basket

Is your kitchen or bath ready for new cabinets? Our design professionals are ready to help you make the best choice for your home. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home, or virtual, design consultation.

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