Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
A Toast to Your Cabinets: Health-Conscious Kitchen Remodelingby Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
More and more homeowners are looking for ways to increase the green factor of their kitchens, and refacing your kitchen is a great way to do this. While many people are aware of the ecological impacts of choosing environmentally-friendly products and enjoy the lower costs of energy-saving appliances, homeowners should also consider health when they're replacing or refacing kitchen cabinets.
Refacing Your Cabinets for Health
Many homeowners have begun investigating the effects of formaldehyde, which is often used in making particleboard and particularly in the resins used to make medium density fiberboard (MDF). Formaldehyde has been classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a volatile organic compound (VOC), meaning that, over time, formaldehyde releases small volumes of toxic fumes that can be absorbed into the human body. While it is also emitted by natural processes, higher concentrations of formaldehyde in the home can cause health problems. So if you want to reface or replace your kitchen cabinets and choose products that can protect you in the long run, consider these tips.
While buying products that are ecologically friendly may not always be the most inexpensive option, if you're interested in protecting your health long-term, it's definitely worth your consideration.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre