Nothing is more rewarding than spending an afternoon hanging around in the backyard kitchen, cooking burgers on the grill, and watching the kids play in the pool. But in order to make that experience truly enjoyable, you need the right equipment – including the right kitchen cabinets.
At Orlando Outdoor Kitchens, we’ve helped many homeowners choose the right outdoor kitchen cabinets for their backyard kitchens. There’s much to consider when choosing the right models. It’s important to find a type of cabinet that matches your personal style, but it’s also important to find the right installer. In this article, we’ll provide you with advice to help you with both.
What To Consider When Buying Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets
Outdoor cabinets come in so many models and styles, it’s hard to choose! Below, we’ll go over some of the most important factors for you to consider before making your purchase.
The material you select for any outdoor furnishings should be fade-resistant, waterproof, resistant to warping from heat and cold, and overall durable enough to withstand the type of weather we often get here in Central Florida.
At Orlando Outdoor Kitchens, we sell cabinets made from solid sheets of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). We prefer this type of material because it’s a durable, long-lived synthetic material that can withstand the harsh weather here in Orlando. This UV-stabilized polymer even resists fading from sunlight, so you don’t have to watch your cabinets change before your eyes as the years go on.
Other types of materials can be easily damaged, especially products made from solid wood. Take care when choosing the material for your outdoor cabinets, and ask your installer about the type of maintenance and upkeep they’ll expect you to perform on your cabinets over the years.
Pro tip: Purchase cabinets that are specifically made for outdoor use. Indoor cabinets are not durable enough and are not made to face the challenges of outdoor conditions.
The color you choose for your cabinets should depend on their location, your aesthetic preferences, and the other fixtures in your outdoor kitchen. Cabinets sold by Orlando Outdoor Kitchens come in a variety of colors including black, white, charcoal, chocolate, dolphin gray, espresso, several wood grain patterns, and more. View our full selection of color swatches available for our custom cabinetry.
Some factors to consider:
- White and light colors can cause harsh glare in direct sunlight.
- Black and dark colors can absorb sunlight that makes them extra hot to touch on sunny days.
- Solid colors show dirt more easily than doors with a wood grain pattern.
Ask your cabinet installer to show you samples of the cabinet finishes before you make your purchase. Sometimes seeing the color in person or next to the other fixtures in your outdoor kitchen can make a big difference.
The door style you choose for your cabinets can make a big difference in the way your outdoor kitchen looks, and in some cases can impact how you maintain your outdoor kitchen. While it’s important to choose a style you like, consider these practical factors while you’re making that choice.
- Cabinets doors with an uneven surface may need more regular cleaning, as the cracks in decorative door patterns can harbor dirt. For the easiest cleaning, choose a flat-face cabinet door.
- Cabinet doors with glass can reveal a mess if you don’t keep your cabinet interiors well-organized. Think about your storage habits before choosing these cabinets for your kitchen.
Cabinet styles vary quite a bit. Base cabinets, wall cabinets, grill cabinets – all of these cabinet types hold objects of different shapes and offer differing levels of accessibility. In some cases, the cabinet styles you choose will also depend on the amount of space for cabinets in your outdoor kitchen.
Your cabinet installer can help you choose the best cabinets for your storage needs, so talk to your installer before making the final decision.
Looking for Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Installers? How to Get Started
Before you can buy any cabinets, you’ve got to find the right installer. It’s important to find an installer that sells quality products, installs them properly, and offers a warranty that will protect your investment.
Vet Installers, Get Bids
Start by contacting installers in your area. Meet with multiple installers and get bids from each one. When you’re meeting with the installers, ask them questions about the installation process and how it relates to your particular job. The best installers should be able to communicate with you about your needs and answer your questions. Hire an installer who really listens to your goals for your project.
When you get bids, compare them to each other to be sure it’s an apples-to-apples comparison. This is especially important if one bid is dramatically higher or lower than the others. Ask yourself: Why?
Before you choose an installer for your project, check references to ensure that other customers have had a good experience with your installer. Any experienced installer should have lots of references lined up.
Sign a Contract
Don’t invest in anything as important as outdoor kitchen cabinets without first reading and signing a contract. Contracts help protect you! Read the contract completely, and ask any questions of your installer before you can finish signing the contract.
Contact Your Orlando Kitchen Cabinet Installer
Are you ready to install custom-made outdoor cabinetry for your home? Call Orlando Outdoor Kitchens today to make an appointment to discuss our long-lasting, attractive, durable outdoor cabinets.
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