What's the difference between domestic and imported cabinets?
You’re looking to remodel your kitchen and stay on budget when you see an advertisement for imported cabinets for 20% less than American made ones. You think to yourself, there can’t be a significant difference right? WRONG. Take a closer look at the differences between the products and you will most certainly understand the value of American made.
- Imported Cabinets lack Quality. Their shallow ply panel stock is weak and will de-laminate after a few years or upon absorbing moisture. Additionally, Formaldehyde deteriorates glue and overseas, they heavily use of these toxins when manufacturing their plywood.
- Speaking of toxins, these imported cabinets are loaded with formaldehyde, sulfur, and other glue resins which are illegal for American manufacturers to use because they are banned by the EPA and violate the CARB initiative. In fact, imported cabinets are illegal in the state of California for these reasons.
- Overseas companies use poor quality finishes. Many times, they show up dull and thin because they do not use expensive, hardening agents in the clear coat.
- They do NOT have warranties on their products. While most American brands will help you order a replacement parts if necessary, you have no additional support after the initial purchase from an overseas company.
A kitchen remodel is a large, expensive undertaking and staying in budget is key. But one thing is for sure, quality speaks for itself and you won’t find that in imported cabinets. World Class Kitchens can have you save money in unique ways by keeping the existing layout or selecting difference appliances. Give us a call today!