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Here’s What You Need To Know About Stainless Steel Gauges

feb. 13

Stainless steel kitchen appliances – large and small – are still all the rage in kitchen design. Black or white aluminum have certainly made a come-back. But, as popular as those are, it’s not quite enough to supplant the popularity of stainless steel. That’s great news because it means that consumers have a lot of choice. We’re all more likely to be able to design our kitchens in whatever style and materials we like best.

Even as far as stainless steel is concerned, not all of it is created equal. Stainless steel is rated according to gauge. Not all gauges are appropriate for every type of purpose. So, when choosing a range hood, which gauge should you be looking for?

Stainless steel gauge refers to the thickness of the steel. A typical range hood should be made from either 22 or 16 gauge steel. In this case, the lower the number (16) is thicker than the higher number (22). Both of these gauges are appropriate for range hoods because they’re easy to cut, fold, and form according to the design of the hood. Both 16 and 22 gauge stainless steel can take a bit of a beating. They don’t dent or scratch easily. For that reason alone, they’re the perfect thickness for kitchen use.

Although you can certainly opt for a range hood made from steel that’s thicker than the standard 16 or 22, it’s not really necessary. Beyond ensuring that your range hood is made from one of those gauges, I would say that the next important consideration is whether the steel is stainless.

Other ingredients, like chromium, go into steel to make it stainless. But remember, stainless steel is rarely 100% stain proof. Instead, it’s excellent at resisting stains. So, if you happen to drop a spoonful of blueberry jam on stainless steel, you should still make sure that you wipe the drips away immediately.

Stainless steel is a very forgiving material to keep clean. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth, and you’re done!

Give us a call to find out which stainless steel range hood is best for your kitchen.

Featured Product: Spagna Vetro Wall-Mounted Range Hood

Photo: rangehoodsinc.com

This week, our featured product is the Spagna Vetro wall-mounted range hood. This gorgeous range hood is constructed out of top quality stainless steel. It comes with a chimney, which gives you the option to install the range hood under the cabinet or against the wall.

It also features:

  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • 6-speed electronic, touch sensitive control panel with LCD display
  • Programmable power auto shut off
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder
  • 4 dimmable 35W halogen lights
  • 0.7 sones on the lowest setting to 6.5 on the highest (ultra quiet)

This stainless steel range hood suits both modern and traditional kitchens. Contact our customer service experts if you’d like to know more!

Featured Product: Under Mount Double Bowl Square Kitchen Sink

oct. 26

This under mount double bowl square kitchen sink is the perfect do-it-all kitchen helper.

Think about how much thought you really give your kitchen sink. Probably not very much, right? Well, you won’t need to give this one much thought either. Because it’s installed under the countertop, it looks clean and integrated into the kitchen decor. The double bowl offers more functionality than a regular sink without taking up too much more counter space.

Unlike nearly any other sink material, like stone, stainless steel is super easy to clean. It won’t show scratches and certainly won’t crack (under normal use, of course!). The brushed steel works with both traditional and modern kitchen decor.

Wondering if this is the right sink for your kitchen? Give us a call! We love hearing from you.

 

The Color Of Beauty – Glass Range Hoods

july 26

Range hoods come in a variety of materials. Flipping through magazine images of kitchens, you might think that stainless steel is the only choice. In fact, glass is a very popular alternative to the look of stainless steel.

The glass that’s used to construct range hoods is actually a standard clear color. But it does have a slight green tint to it. It’s a high quality glass, so you don’t have to worry about accidental chips or cracks. The glass is built to withstand the high temperatures that rise up from the stovetop as well as the vibrations caused by the fan.

If your kitchen features a modern design, then glass is as appropriate as stainless steel. Glass is also particularly good in another situation. Most of us are living in homes equipped with small to medium-sized kitchens. A glass range is ideal in a smaller space. The fact that it’s at least partially see-through helps make the room look larger. So, if you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen, or if you’re already in the middle of a remodel, I definitely recommend considering installing a glass range hood.

Give our Support Team a call if you have any other questions. We love hearing from you!

All About Stainless Steel Range Hoods

july 10

For the longest time, stainless steel was relegated to restaurant kitchens. Long, stainless steel countertops punctuated by stainless steel stoves, refrigerators, and range hoods took whatever the chefs could throw at it. Scratches and dents were hardly visible. The cool, shiny surface remained sanitary and spotless.

The fact that stainless steel is hardworking, durable, and beautiful did not escape the eye of designers for long. Soon, stainless steel kitchen appliances were the trend. That was more than a decade ago, and the trend is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Beauty and strength, together…

The majority of range hoods that are manufactured are made using stainless steel. Take a walk through any store that sells range hoods and you’ll see that it is definitely the material of choice.

All stainless steels contain iron and a minimum of 10.5% chromium oxide (“CrO”) (other elements used to make stainless steel include nickel, nitrogen and molybdenum). The chromium in the steel is combined with oxygen to form a thin, invisible layer of chrome-containing oxide. This layer is only a few atoms thick due partially to the ability of the chromium atoms and oxide atoms to pack together tightly. This layer protects the steel underneath and has a unique self-healing ability. Should the layer become scratched or cut, the newly exposed steel will form another protective area with oxygen in the air. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

Another boon? Stainless steel won’t rust … ever! It’s super easy to sanitize and clean, which is why restaurants love it. Their industry depends on preparing and serving food that’s fit for consumption. Why shouldn’t your own meals benefit from that extra level of clean?

Don’t worry if you drop coffee or blueberry juice onto the surface. Although stainless steel isn’t stain resistant, it does stain less than other types of steel. Remember, it’s very easy to clean. So, a quick wipe up is all you really need to do. Concerned about the environmental impact of the materials you use in your kitchen? Then you’ll love stainless steel. It’s earth friendly. It can be melted down, recycled and made into something else. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable.

Over 50% of new stainless steel is made from melted scrap metal, rendering it an eco-friendly material. It is important when purchasing any item that claims to be made of stainless steel to ask if the steel is completely stainless or if it is just top-level plating with a cheaper steel or metal underneath. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

What type of stainless steel?

Although all stainless steel looks the same, there can actually be differences in its make-up that will effect how durable and long-lasting it will be.

A commonly used grade of stainless steel for range hoods and sinks is Type 430 (S43000). The basic alloy contains 11% chromium and 1% manganese. Grade 304 is the most common grade of stainless steel used in our industry. It has a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, combined with a maximum of 0.08% carbon. Grade 200 stainless steel alloy contains 17% chromium, 4% nickel and 7% manganese. (www.rangehoodsinc.com)

What does the gauge mean?

Gauge (or gage) sizes are numbers that indicate the thickness of a piece of sheet metal, with a higher number referring to a thinner sheet. The equivalent thicknesses differ for each gauge size standard, which were developed based on the weight of the sheet for a given material.

If you’re looking at a range hood, and you’re not sure of the quality of stainless steel, give us a call. We’ll help you figure it out.

 

Color Your Kitchen Beautiful

june 8

Some of us love white. Some of us love color. But, there’s no reason all of us can’t have the kitchens we really want.

Painting is one of the quickest, economical, and easiest ways to update and upgrade the look and feel of your kitchen. The questions isn’t whether or not you should paint. The question is what color you should choose.

So, I thought I’d put together some fun color combinations that typically work very well. Let me know which ones you think are the best.

Blue and orange work really well together. If you’re not sure you can handle that much color early in the morning, you can choose a muted blue and orange.

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Purple and gray give a kitchen that elegant look with a touch of wild abandon. Remember you can alter the amount of each color. Make the room mostly purple with some gray accents, or vice versa. Don’t you think that’s a gorgeous range hood?

Photo: Designing Idea

Brown and green might not be the combination that comes readily to mind. The beauty is that you can lighten or darken the colors as much as you’d like.

Photo: lushome

What are your favorite kitchen color combinations? Let us know! Read more about how to choose the right kitchen color.

Monthly Pick – Unique Range Hood Designs – Metal

Photo: Creative Steel Work Inc

Metal is such an amazing material! There’s a very good reason why so many range hoods are constructed out of metal whether it’s steel, copper, or iron. Check out these gorgeous examples.

Talk about antique style. The rounded effect of this range hood is stunning. It catches the eye without overwhelming the rest of the kitchen decor.

Photo: stovee.info

How about a jewel-toned steel range hood? If you could customize the shape and color of your range hood, would you?

Photo: prizerhoods.com

Just because it’s metal, doesn’t mean it can’t bend! What do you think of this innovative range hood design.

Photo: Livinator.com

Have you seen a metal range hood that you absolutely love? Send us a pic!

 

Pros And Cons : Stainless Steel Range Hoods

April 7

Were you an early convert to the stainless steel look? Full disclosure: I wasn’t. It’s taken me a while, but I have to say I’ve really come around. I do love the look now. I love how clean it looks, and I love how stainless steel works really well with any other material or color in the kitchen.

When they first came onto the scene, stainless steel fixtures and appliances lived at the high end of the price spectrum. Now that so many manufacturers have jumped in and are producing stainless steel models, the price has come down a bit. Here at Range Hoods Inc, we carry a lot of stainless steel range hood models … many of which are on sale right now … go check them out!

But, if you’re still sitting on the fence wondering whether you should invest in a stainless steel range hood, or whether you should opt for something else, I thought I’d list some pros and cons to help you make your decision.

Pros

  • Like I said, stainless steel works well with any kitchen design style – modern or traditional.
  • It lends any kitchen a kind of high-end, upscale look, which can increase your home’s selling value.
  • Although still on the expensive side, the price has come down considerably since they were first introduced.
  • Stainless steel is sturdy and rust-resistant. In other words, a stainless steel range will look great for many years to come.

Cons

  • Stainless steel can show fingerprints, dust, and grime.
  • Stainless steel range hoods do cost more than those made from other materials.
  • Not all stainless steel is magnetic. This isn’t a huge problem with range hoods. But, it can be if you’re thinking of matching your fridge, stove, and other appliances.

Are you a fan of stainless steel? Let us know!

Monthly Pick – Featured Range Hoods – Spagna Vetro

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Range Hoods Inc is proud to carry Canadian made Spagna Vetro range hoods. Top quality materials make these range hoods a premium choice for both designers and homeowners. Our customers love the price, too.

Take a look below at this gorgeous stainless steel and curved glass hood.

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

Photo: Bloodhound Realty

This Spagna Vetro 42 inch SV198D-I42 island mounted stainless steel-glass range is on sale for $505. Regularly $1049, you save $544! Give us a call if you have any questions.

Read more about island range hoods: Kitchen Islands.

Photo: KitchenHoods.ca

Photo: KitchenHoods.ca

Photo: Nuerom.com

Photo: Nuerom.com

Which is your favorite range hood design style?

Monthly Pick – 2017 Kitchen Appliance Trends

Photo: hgtv.com

Photo: hgtv.com

2017 will bring us many of the same trends we’ve been seeing over the last few years. Stainless steel remains as popular as ever. Natural materials, like wood and stone, also maintain their top position.

We can look forward to some changes, though. That’s definitely good news. As beautiful as stainless steel appliances are, they do present owners (and prospective owners) with some challenges. The fact that stainless steel seems to attract finger prints is enough to drive the more meticulous among us around the bend. Any accidental nicks and scratches are also glaringly visible. There’s also the fact that stainless steel appliances are more expensive than those with regular finishes.

The good news is if you want your kitchen to be in style, but you don’t want the hassle or expense of stainless steel, you’re in luck.

Here’s what we’ll see in kitchen appliance design through 2017.

Go French. Say good-bye to ordinary, boring doors. This year, you’ll see more French doors on ovens. French doors are basically double doors (check out the picture above). You can open one side with one hand. But, if you want to open both doors at the same time, you’ll need both hands.

Digital magic. 

Photo: hgtv.com

Photo: hgtv.com

I’m not sure why it’s taken appliance manufacturers so long to design this feature into their products. We’ve been using it for ages on our various computer devices. I’m talking about touch-and-swipe controls. Instead of turning a knob or pressing a button, you’ll swipe over a designated area.

Cool and clean.

Photo: hgtv.com

Photo: hgtv.com

Stainless steel may not be on everyone’s wish list. So, designers and manufacturers have teamed to bring the best of the past and the present together. Welcome, white. This isn’t just any old white, though. This is a streamlined, glossy, easy-to-clean white that won’t show the finger prints or dents like stainless steel does.

High tech.

Photo: hgtv.com

Photo: hgtv.com

Bluetooth technology is just about everywhere … even in the kitchen. Welcome to the modern world where your oven can sync with the clock, the microwave, and any other appliance you might need to prepare a meal.

Which of these trends would you love to install in your own kitchen?