Quality Cabinetry

I learned an interesting bit of information about cabinets.

In a recent blog entry we talked about VOC’s.  I am continually amazed at how pervasive this condition is.

The EPA says:  “Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.  VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.”

What does this have to do with kitchen cabinets?

Well, make sure when you buy cabinets for yourself, or bid jobs for potential clients – be sure to understand the risks of using cabinets made of “manufactured” wood products.  These are HIGH in glues and formaldehyde.  We are talking about medium density fiber board, particle board and hardwood plywoods.  Many of these are also coated with a very potent “acid catalyzed” formaldehyde finish.  The emissions are substantial – and last for from 6-12 months.  Many of these glues have been found to have a half life of several years.

Do your customers know the difference and would it make you stand out….if you inform them of the differences?

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