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It’s All About The Exhaust Fan

Kitchens with hearths or independent wooden hoods need an exhaust fan to vent the heat, smoke, and grease created when using the range or cooktop.  The underside of the hood can be finished a number of ways.  The most common way is to finish the underside the same way the cabinet is finished.
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The underside of the hood above is painted to match the cabinetry around the fan.  Over time the paint  will wear off.
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Below the underside of the hood is a stained finish matching the cabinetry.  This finish will be impossible to repair after it wears off from cleaning.
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A stainless steel liner can also be used but a custom liner is very expensive and standard liners like the Broan model below don’t look very “built in” and usually make reaching the controls more difficult.
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At Main Line Kitchen Design we frequently use a Wilsonart laminate that appears to be stainless steel but is easier to clean, more durable, and because it’s so easy to work with can be quickly customised to any size.  A panel is only $60 and it looks better and is more durable then $600 custom liners that contractors wrestle  with.  The controls on the hood will also be easier to reach.
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Customers sometimes will be sceptical thinking that more expensive is better.  But better is simply better.  More expensive is often chosen  simply because designers aren’t aware of their alternatives.

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