We see a lot of Kelowna cabinet companies using the words “high quality” when describing their low-end products, and while there are no legal guidelines that regulate the grade of merchandise that can be given this label, common sense can prevent you from making a bad decision. Before you purchase, ask questions about the materials used to make the cabinets and where they originate. While Canada has strict guidelines and tolerances with regard to manufacturing building materials containing formaldehyde, companies that manufacture the same materials overseas are exempt.
The use of these low grade materials is commonplace in price point products that originate overseas, usually China. Aside from the obvious health risks found in formaldehyde, the materials are not ideal in cabinetry. Due to the natural low density of the material, formaldehyde may begin to degrade and lose its integrity over a short period of time causing weak areas as the materials begin to separate.
If you think this type of material is only something you’ll run into with fly-by-night, owner/operator re-sellers, think again. Formaldehyde is found in many well known brands that are offered by big-box retailers throughout Kelowna.