Formaldehyde. By no means is this an uncommon word in our vocabulary, as it's classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the U.S. government's CDC (Center for Disease Control). The media has echoed that this chemical is a foe, not friend yet somehow it finagles its way into our lives. It's not just your beauty or cleaning products that you need to be conscious of, its also your kitchen cabinets.
In 2009 California put into effect a formaldehyde-emission standards of 0.09, but this is not a national requirement nor does it account for the indoor air quality of older homes. If formaldehyde is in your particleboard, plywood, medium-density fiberboard’s, and thus your cabinets, how can you ensure loved ones are safe? The answer to your question is be aware of what this chemical does in direct sunlight, or close to kitchen stoves, and considering the sustainable and ecologically respectful switch to steel.
When sunlight beams through your windows and into your office, laboratory, or kitchen, this increases the temperature. Glue then turns into gas, and releases said gas into the air you breathe. The solution is to remove all composite wood from heat.
Formaldehyde is a potent sensitizer, so once you become allergic or sensitive to it you’ll soon become allergic to other chemicals you never had a sensitivity to. Then it begins: watery eyes, a burning sensation in your throat, nausea, and shortness of breath.
The more wood there is glued together, the more formaldehyde there is present. Formaldehyde is structurally apart of engineered wood so look too other alternatives such as an AFM Safe Seal-- a water-based gloss sealer for porous surfaces. Note that this is a temporary bandaid not a solution.
Steel, on the other hand, is a nontoxic and hypoallergenic alternative that allows your air quality indoors to be as pure and natural as possible.
Steel is formaldehyde free, durable, a less likely home for pests, and has a sleek and timeless aesthetic. Durability is key when you are spending time and money to harvest a new kitchen. Robust hardware and cabinets, made of steel, stand strong after years of operation and exposure to heat. With powder coated steel, your color choices are also vast so you are sure to find a fit suitable to your home's aesthetic.
Powder coated products are more resistant to impact, moisture, chemicals, ultraviolet light, and extreme weather. They have a reduced risk of scratching, chipping, corrosion, fading, and other wear issues because of that. Metal hardware, including antique knobs and designer pulls are also in fashion. This pairs seamlessly with your powder coated kitchen cabinets.
You’ll never have to reface, re-stain, or replace door fronts. You’ll no longer have to worry about peeling paint, a common concern with wood cabinetry while steel stands strong to moisture. The same goes for warping-- in humid climates homeowners have to be conscious of kitchen cabinets warping as they become moist, but that is not the case with steel.