Kitchen Cabinets- Plywood vs Particleboard
Which one do you use for your kitchen cabinets?
I'm kind of leaning towards using Ikea's kitchen particleboard cabinets because of its cost and its hardware, but I'm a bit wary because this is for a house I'm renting out so I need to make sure these cabinets will be durable.
My main concerns are:
1) Vulnerability of Particleboard to water
The reason I'm redoing this kitchen is because there was a slab leak and this hasn't been the first time the pipes in this house have had problems.
But, the water damaged plywood cabinets to the extent I needed to replace them so it shows plywood is also vulnerable to water damage.
However, the consensus seems to be that plywood is less vulnerable to water damage than particleboard.
But, will Ikea's particleboard still be vulnerable to water when you have that melamine covering and protecting the underlying particleboard?
And, how strong and durable is that melamine layer for the Ikea cabinets? It seems as long as that melamine layer is intact, then that will protect the particleboard from water. But, as soon as that melamine is scratched where the particleboard beneath is exposed, then water will be an issue.
2) Tensile, shearing, and compressive strength
I've read that plywood is noticeably better than particleboard in tensile and shearing properties, but only slightly better in terms of compressive strength. But, what does all that mean in the real world?
3) WIll particleboard cabinets be strong enough for heavy granite countertops and undermount sink?
I know there's a difference between the particleboard Ikea uses for its furniture and its cabinets. But, I've also seen the Ikea kitchen shelf bend slightly under the weight of the folders they stacked on top of the shelf.
If that particleboard kitchen shelf will bend under the weight of all those folders, how do I know that won't happen for the cabinets when I place granite countertops on top of them?
4) Which is one is more vulnerable against physical damage
Since this house is being used as a rental, I fully expect the tenants to be rough with those cabinets.
5) I can't find specific information about the quality of the particleboard Ikea uses, and I was wondering if anybody here might know them.
Ikea supporters will point out that expensive european cabinets also use particleboard but its my understanding that the better kitchen cabinets that use particleboard are using 65 pound particleboard. Is that what Ikea is using too?
6) Weight difference
Finally, I've read that plywood is lighter than particleboard but
what difference does that mean for the cabinets? I'm not going to install the cabinets myself so why should I care if plywood is lighter?