All the upscale commercial appliance manufacturers – Viking, Hobart, Garland, etc. – have for many years used stainless steel as the main component in their products. It isn’t porous like most materials, and therefore, has fewer tendencies to stain. The ability of stainless steel to inhibit bacteria growth, unlike regular porcelain, wood, or some tile, makes it the healthiest material. Furthermore, there is no stronger material than steel – and stainless steel is the ultimate variation of all steels.
Artistically, when you match your cabinets to the appliances, the appearance of the kitchen theme remains intact. They never have to be painted, and general maintenance is the fastest and simplest of all material. Finally, the “green” factor – in 20 or 30 years when anyone wants to change the kitchen the cabinets are 100% recyclable, so there is no damage to the environment, the steel is re-purposed and used again.
With the numerous advantages of stainless steel many manufacturers – both in the United States and abroad – have flooded the market. One must be vigilant as to the quality of the base material – that is the steel, especially coming from foreign countries. Stainless Steel by definition contains minimum 10% chromium. This is the lowest grade available and the least expensive to manufacture. Many overseas suppliers of cabinets will use this grade to keep their costs down. A quality cabinet maker will use Type 304 steel – that is steel where the iron is mixed with at least 18% chromium, and 8% nickel. This gives the metal a higher corrosive resistance and strength. A quality cabinet will be created from this type of stainless steel.
Let’s talk about how the cabinet itself is constructed. Quality manufacturers will only weld the “box”, that is, the basic four-sided construction of the cabinet. If the cabinet you are considering is “bolted” together it is really not a high quality cabinet. Many foreign made cabinets are imported as a “kit” to be assembled when they arrive, saving on their shipping costs. Lasertron uses only laser welding, besides using a laser to cut the steel that forms the cabinet structure. The precision, aesthetics, and strength of laser welding/cutting are unsurpassed. A cabinet door that is cut, and welded using precision lasers will last a hundred years or more. Remember when building a steel kitchen you cannot just trim the cabinet to correct odd room measurements similar to a commodity wood cabinet. The steel cabinet must be precise in its dimension to insure correct fix and finish, and because Lasertron makes custom cabinets they are precisely made to fit your space.
When shopping for stainless steel cabinets open and close the doors several times. The hinges should be of the best quality and made of the same quality steel as the box. The door should close evenly and without any hollow sound. Furthermore, no sharp edges should be evident anywhere on the cabinet. If you buy pre-made cabinets be sure to measure precisely – both the cabinet and where it will be mounted, this of course is an unnecessary step when ordering custom made cabinets as they will be manufactured to fit your kitchen exactly.
For the ultimate stainless steel kitchen Lasertron custom made cabinets are the only logical choice. You, or your designer, can supply drawings of the indoor or outdoor kitchen and Lasertron’s state-of-the-art CAD/CAM computer software will construct the cabinet to the highest standards, exact dimensions, and precise specifications. It will then be laser cut and welded so the entire structure is solid and basically indestructible. This will result in your having the definitive kitchen – indoor or outdoor.