INTRODUCTION TO METAL KITCHENS

Understanding Steelplan's steel kitchens in 6 questions

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BENEFITS

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SPECIFICATIONS OF OUR METAL KITCHENS

Carcass Technical Specifications

  • Manufactured in 18 gauge (1.2mm) zinc coated steel.
  • All components receive an anti-corrosion pre-treatment.
  • Coated in polyester powder stoved at 120°C.
  • Drawer assemblies mounted on heavy duty robust fully metal runners.
  • All units supplied with a M5 threaded stud for earth bonding to be considered under current IEE regulations.
  • Sink base units have a reduced back panel to allow access for water and waste to sinks.
  • All hinges, legs, mounting brackets and other components are industry standard parts for ease and familiarity during installation.
 

All carcass components

(including plinths & end panels) are finished in Pearl colour. (RAL9002)

Pearl (96)

LIFE CYCLE OF A STEEL KITCHEN

Metal and steel kitchens are less expensive than wood

It is easy to make the mistake of thinking that because the initial cost of a wooden kitchen is less than a metal or steel one, wood is therefore cheaper. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality the initial small saving is the cause of a huge maintenance and refurbishment burden over the next 30 years.

The actual cost difference between wooden cabinets and metal cabinets is not huge. One of the main costs in a kitchen is people - tradesmen. The cost to install either a wood or metal kitchen is identical. The problems start when the wooden one deteriorates and requires replacement before the metal one - you incur the cost of replacement kitchen cabinets PLUS all the tradesmen again. With metal kitchen cabinets having a longer life expectancy it is conceivable that the replacement of wooden kitchen cabinets may be required 2, 3, 4 or 5 times during that period.

The following simple life cycle cost exercise looks at some typical figures for a small food technology room in a school fitted with steel worktops with one option for wooden kitchen cabinets and another for metal kitchen cabinets:

YEAR NOTES WOOD - ANNUAL WOOD - LIFE METAL - ANNUAL METAL - LIFE SAVING/LOSS
1 ORIGINAL INSTALLATION* £15,350 £15,350 £17,350 £17,350 + £2,000
7 RIPOUT & REPLACE WOOD KITCHEN £14,299** £29,646 £4,233*** £21,583 - £8,066
14 RIPOUT & REPLACE WOOD KITCHEN £16,920** £46,569 £4,862 £26,445 - £20,124
21 RIPOUT & REPLACE WOOD KITCHEN £19,931** £66,500 £5,378*** £31,823 - £34,677
28 RIPOUT & REPLACE WOOD KITCHEN £23,390** £89,890 £8,374**** £40,197 - £49,693

25 YEAR LIFE CYCLE SAVING FOR CHOOSING METAL: + £49,693

* Prices include kitchen cabinets, steel worktop and installation (install, plumbing, gas, electrics, decoration, flooring, project management, profit & attendance)
** Price includes sum for renewal of all kitchen cabinets, appliances, redecorating and associated labour costs.
*** Price includes for renewal of appliances only and associated labour costs.
**** Price includes for renewal of appliances, redecorating, new set of steel doors and associated labour costs.

1) Costs after year 1 increased by 2% inflation, refurbishment costs exclude flooring.
2) Life cycle used in this example: wood kitchen 7 years; steel kitchen 30 years.
3) All figures indicative and would differ from project to project.

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