When purchasing, ask your supplier the following:
1. What materials will be used for the cabinet boxes and drawers?
A: Melamine and Birch Plywood are the predominant materials used to construct cabinetry in the Lower Mainland. Though many people prefer birch plywood because of the strength of wood, melamine is more dimensionally stable in high moisture environments. Particle board or MDF boxes are not recommended.
2. How are the cabinets being assembled?
A: Glued and pocket screwed, dovetail joints, smooth gliding drawers are sure signs of quality construction.
3. Are the cabinets formaldehyde free?
A: Stock or off-the-shelf cabinets, made from MDF materials, are more likely to contain formaldehyde based resins. Formaldehyde is considered to be a carcinogen.