Check the warranty before you buy.
A cabinet warranty isn’t just a guess; it’s a statement of quality that’s based on development and testing, and it is an indication of how long a manufacturer thinks a product will last. Sure, the warranty that Merillat offers protects you against the failure of a part, but it also gives you an idea of what Merillat thinks of their products. They offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty on their Masterpiece line and a 25 Year Warranty on their Classic line of cabinets. Both guarantees are a result of painstaking research that has to be completed before they introduce a new product or innovation.
It’s not a stab in the dark.
Merillat tests everything including finishes, hinges and drawer slides as well as construction materials and techniques. Shelves and drawers are tested to find out how much weight they’ll hold); drawers and doors are opened and closed tens of thousands of times to discover how long they last under normal use. If the performance doesn’t meet the requirements, the product goes back into development until it does. This says that Merillat is proud of the cabinets they sell and wants them to look great and perform well for decades. You don’t want the finish to chip, a hinge to break or a door to warp before you get over that “new kitchen” feeling when you walk in the room. The length of this guarantee tells you if that’s something you can expect. A five year warranty means that after five years, you own the problems. Not good.
Comparing warranties is one of the most important things you need to do when shopping for cabinets because it will tell you how long the manufacturer expects the cabinet to perform well; is it 5 years or 25 years? Then ask yourself: How long do you want your cabinets to last?