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Kitchen Cabinet Material for a Humid Climate

Choosing The Right Kitchen Cabinet Material To Withstand High Humidity In Houston 


Houston has the third-highest relative humidity among big US cities. In the mornings, Houston tops the nation with an average peak of 89.7 % humidity at 6:00 a.m. Being right next to the Gulf of Mexico causes the climate in Houston to be muggy and uncomfortable. 

High Houston humidity levels can cause damage to almost every type of furniture material, with wood most at risk from moisture. Moisture in the Houston air can cause your cabinets to expand. Then, when the air is dry, they shrink. This fluctuation can cause cabinets to warp over time. While that effect is visually unappealing, it can also lead to further damage over time.

During your Houston home remodel, consider improving the insulation and ventilation of your home, especially the kitchen. 

Your kitchen cabinetry takes up the majority of space in the kitchen, and its style and color can make it the single most unifying design element in the room. 

Cabinets usually come ready to assemble, but customization provides an added touch of control over the final product.

Choosing the suitable material is the most crucial aspect of picking out kitchen cabinets, even more than style and functionality.

When choosing materials for cabinets, some of the factors to consider include:


  • Durability. 
  • Sensitivity to weather. 
  • Water and heat resistance. 
  • Price. 
  • Environmental Sustainability. 
  • Aesthetics. 

Regarding stock kitchen cabinetry, purchasing cabinets built using pre-treated materials is a good idea. To combat humidity and moisture damage, you can commission a renowned Houston remodeling company to fabricate your kitchen cabinets from a stain of wood or engineered wood known to withstand humidity. 

Solid wood can expand and contract, so it is not always the best material for kitchen cabinetry. Solid wood is more vulnerable to the effects of humidity than engineered wood. It is more likely to crack and split in dry and humid conditions.

Engineered wood products are more reliable and affordable. 

Medium-density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, particleboard with melamine, and sometimes even stainless steel are the most widely 

used and popular cabinet box materials. 


Best Kitchen Cabinet Material For Humid Climate

The four best types of kitchen cabinet materials for a humid climate include: 


Medium-density fiberboard (MDF)

MDF is watertight as it contains wax and resin. MDF’s moisture-resistant capabilities prevent it from getting warped. 

MDF is easily cut into different sizes, making it ideal for awkward-shaped and custom-built kitchen cabinets. 

Being artificial, MDF panels are perfectly smooth and even. The flat surface makes applying laminate or wood veneer easy to use on the panels. It also means that paint can achieve a neat and attractive cabinet.

MDF is affordable yet available in a variety of styles and finishes. It’s easy to clean and will last a fair amount of time.



Plywood consists of thin sheets of wood pressed tightly together. The thin sheets contain layers of wood veneers glued together to add durability, sturdiness, and water resistance to the final product. A special kind of moisture-resistant (MR) plywood is great for cabinets. Plywood is one of Houston’s most popular cabinet materials because it is strong, moisture-resistant, durable, and affordable.

Plywood is said to have a higher resistance to moisture and better stability than MDF.

Plywood is lightweight and easy to manipulate if it is chipped or damaged. At KBD Houston, our millworkers can repair plywood cabinets to a high standard by sanding down or filling a chip with wood filler, making the damage impossible to spot. 


Solid Wood

Although wood warps in a humid climate, it has the best durability and strength compared with any other material available. 

Maple hardwood is water-resistant, giving your cabinets a stylish off-white to light brown look that can resist humidity. Cherry is a durable hardwood that resists shrinking and warping, making it a durable choice for kitchen cabinets.


Stainless Steel

Stainless steel may not be as desirable as wood, but it can give your kitchen cabinetry a contemporary look. Stainless steel doesn’t expand and contract like wood, making it an excellent option for moisture-rich places, but it is hard to clean fingerprints and scratches off them. 

Stainless steel cabinets are incredibly durable and can withstand high temperatures and repeated water contact, unlike wooden cabinets.  


Kitchen And Bath Decor Houston: Beyond Ordinary Kitchen Remodeling And Renovations

Kitchen cabinets by Kitchen And Bath Decor Houston can transform the look of your kitchen, so if you’re ready for a stylish and streamlined kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Our Houston remodeling company creates custom kitchen cabinets with many specifications available, like colors, finishes, and styling.

The brand Kitchen And Bath Decor Houston, a family business, designs, fabricates and installs everything from stairs and fireplaces to kitchens and baths.

Creating your dream kitchen is easy at Kitchen and Bath Decor And More In Houston. Our 5,000-square-foot Houston showroom has a vast selection of kitchen cabinets on display. We occasionally switch our kitchen cabinet sets to display our newest products and keep our showroom up-to-date. 

No appointments are required to visit us, but we recommend booking in advance to ensure a kitchen expert is available.


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