Green Benefits of
Metal Kitchen Cabinets
When building a new home these days, more and more people are trying to go green. The benefits of building your own home are numerous, and one big one is that you can use green materials and cut out emissions and pollution completely.
So when building your kitchen, consider using metal kitchen cabinets.
Traditional wooden cabinets admittedly look nice, and are more widely used, but they are also not environmentally friendly.
These cabinets are made using any number of chemicals. From the paint, to the finish, to the curing of the wood, you never know what that porous wood has absorbed in the way of chemicals.
Emissions of chemicals such as formaldehyde are present in the vast majority of kitchens that have traditional wooden cabinets. Most "wood" cabinetry contains pressboard or particleboard that is bonded with a formaldehyde-laced glue.
For more on the dangers of formaldehyde,
Steel Kitchen Cabinets
Steel kitchen cabinets are safer in that they don’t need all the treatment and processing to make them last. Metal kitchen cabinets are not as porous as wood, meaning that they will last longer with minimal maintenance. They don’t need to be dried and treated, and there is no formaldehyde needed for preservation.
You may wonder what steel kitchen cabinets will look like in your kitchen. Kitchen trends in home design have actually turned more toward the metal look in recent years.
Metal kitchen cabinets will complement metal appliances and will look great with a variety of countertop options. You can also use organic water based paint to give your cabinets a different look. The possibilities are endless if you seek to create a unique look with your metal cabinets.
Durability of Metal Cabinets
Metal cabinets aren’t just pretty, they are also durable. Because they are made from metal, they are able to withstand harsh conditions such as heat and humidity. While some wood cabinets may promote mold and mildew, or may warp when exposed to conditions such as these, metal shines on.
Because they are less porous than wood cabinets, metal ones have a tendency to resist stains and are easier to clean.
As with any part of your home, your steel kitchen cabinets will need to be properly cared for and need to be kept clean. Check any cleaning solution you plan to use to be sure it will not damage your cabinets. You also want to make sure that you thoroughly dry your cabinets after washing them to ensure that they will not rust.
Metal kitchen cabinets are recyclable if you ever decide to replace them, and are as affordable as the wooden alternatives. They make a great addition to any home, and the benefits to the environment and for your family make them a great choice for any eco friendly kitchen.
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