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Wood is durable, comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and can be painted any color in the rainbow. However, wood kitchen cabinets can warp over time, and probably will expand and contract with the humidity levels in your kitchen. With the wooden slides that were formerly used to open and close drawers, this created problems because the drawers had a tendency to stick with high humidity. However, most drawers now use either ball-bearing slides or track-and-roller slides, so this problem has been eliminated. Metal kitchen cabinets are usually made of stainless steel. These cabinets fit in best in very contemporary kitchens, although you can moderate this by pairing them with wood cabinets. Stainless steel cabinets are very durable and easy to clean, but they show fingerprints and scratches very readily. Stainless is more expensive than wood, but you can find cabinets that are framed with plywood, but have stainless steel doors. The least expensive option is laminate. These cabinets are formed with multiple layers of kraft paper (that's right - just like paper grocery bags!), a decorative paper layer, then a plastic sealant. All of these layers are bonded to each other under very high pressure. The advantage of laminate cabinets, besides their price, is that they can be purchased in nearly any color. The disadvantage is that they can be chipped, and this damage is nearly impossible to repair because the color is only one layer deep.Good luck!
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