Need help deciding between maple painted white and thermofoil
I'm so confused! We are looking at probably either Thomasville or Aristokraft cabinets - can't decide between which, but also can't decide if we should go with maple painted white or thermofoil/laminate. The price of the thermofoil is certainly more attractive, but I worry about how long it will last and how well it will hold up, e.g heat and peeling or bubbling. Then with maple I worry about the cracks in the joints being too obvious, grrrrr. OK so I guess my questions are:
1. How long does thermofoil at the quality Thomasville and Aristokraft offer normally last? Wear and tear of a young family with two kids. We'd like the cabinets to look good for the next 5-10 years at least.
2. Is heat the only big concern with thermofoil/laminate? How about with painted doors?
3. With the painted doors, we have an option of 100% made from maple or just a maple frame and a veneer panel. Is one option better than the other re cracking?
4. Any sense of which company is better - Thomasville from HD or Aristokraft (which we'd get at Kent Building Supplies for you Canadians in the crowd)?
Thanks so much for any advice! I am sooooooooo confused!!