Material Selection

Material Selection

Understanding the unique characteristics of wood.

Just as no two trees are alike, no two pieces of material are the same, which results in unique variations of strength, versatility and appearance. In addition to grain pattern, each wood species exhibits defining characteristics such as mineral deposits, knots and sap runs that also contribute to its beauty, and are highlighted by stains and glazes. It is important to note that stains can appear lighter or darker based on the natural colouring of each wood species.


  • Maple cabinet wood is characterized by its smooth, even, and fine grain pattern. Mineral streaks are common in Maple and appear darker when stained.
  • Natural colouring is predominately white to cream white with occasional reddish-brown tones.


  • Cherry wood has a smooth, closed grain pattern
  • The colour ranges from a light golden-pink tone and darkens to a rich, reddish-brown colour as it naturally ages.


  • Oak has a very strong, open-grain pattern
  • Natural colouration ranges from pink to cinnamon reddish tones.
  • It may include random worm holes, mineral deposits, and closed knots

Rift Oak

  • Rift Oak is cut at an angle (quarter-sawn) to achieve a very tight and straight woodgrain pattern
  • Natural colouration ranges from light tan to pinkish-red

Rustic Alder

  • Rustic Alder offers a random pattern in its appearance that ranges from clear and unmarked to distinctive markings such as closed or open knots, mineral streaks and pin holes
  • The colour ranges from light red to reddish brown.


  • Bamboo has a straight, consistent grain pattern that includes small nodules, which are darker in colour, and are randomly interspersed within the bamboo staves.
  • Bamboo colour ranges from light honey to dark amber

Other Materials

These cabinet materials are highly durable, less susceptible to discolouration and are easy to maintain. They also provide flexibility in colour, design and styling – a great option for many homes.


  • Our Acrylic doors feature a high gloss sheen and are trimmed with an aluminum outside edge
  • Offered in a variety of striking colours and textures.


  • MDF is an engineered material that offer a smoother surface for paint application, offering superior stability, consistency and durability.
  • Our paint palette is available on maple or medium density fiberboard (MDF) cabinet doors to achieve a uniform opaque appearance.


  • Our Decorative Laminate Veneer features a continuous wrap technology which provides a surface that is abrasion resistant to dents and scratches – a very durable material.
  • DLV doors that feature solid colours have a velvety smooth finish, giving the look of a painted door.
  • Textured DLV doors feature woodgrain patterns that emulate the look of a true wood door


  • Thermofoil is a layer of vinyl that is vacuum-pressed onto a MDF cabinet door.
  • The result is a seamless surface that covers the front and edges of the door.


  • Melamine doors are constructed with a furniture board that features a thermally fused resin finish.
  • Melamine kitchen cabinets are available in a wide variety of solid colours and textured woodgrain patterns to emulate wood doors.