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Manufactured in USA or Built in the USA?
Many leading brands manufacture the component parts such as doors, drawerboxes, and casework in China, Vietnam or Indonesia. Once imported to USA they will apply paint, stains and sealers and then assemble the cabinets allowing them to be labled as “Built in the USA”.
Factory Assembeld vs RTA
Kitchen cabinets are usually purchased and delivered in one of two ways: Assembled or Ready to Assemble (RTA).
Factory assembled kitchen cabinets are delivered already assembled, built from the manufacturer and ready to be installed in the home. These cabinets do not require the homeowner or installer to build the cabinets; everything is complete, including all the drawers.
RTA kitchen cabinets are delivered in a form that is commonly referred to as “flat packed” or unassembled. RTA cabinets require the consumer to put together and build the cabinets at the location that they are being installed.
Set sizes, semi-custom and custom
Cabinetry can be designed three different ways, in set or stock sizes, semi-custom and custom.
Set-sizes or stock cabinets can be mass produced or made to order. These cabinets have standard sizes and styles that can be ordered by catalog. Some companies mass produce cabinets and then grab them off the shelf, cutting out any lead time. Other stock cabinets are made to order, which means there are only certain cabinets available but each project is made at the same time to limit color variance and increase quality.
Semi-custom cabinetry offers a range of styles, formats and sizes. This gives the consumer a lot more control in design of the product, but increases cost and lead-time.
Custom cabinetry is the most expensive and time-intensive of all cabinetry types but it gives you complete control over the final product. With no color or size limitations you can create any design for your kitchen.
Frameless vs Framed
Frameless cabinets and framed cabinets are two different types of cabinets that vary in the construction of the cabinet box.
Face frame cabinets are easier to construct but result in a loss of storage space. Frameless or “European Style” cabinets maximize storage space and make for a more refined, modern look.
Waterbase Finish vs Solvent Base
Waterbased paints or finishes are the healthier alternative to solvent based paints and finishes. While oil or solvent based paints can be easier to put on, they have a large amount of VOC’s and require toxic solvents that are bad for the environment and air quality. Water-based finishes are much healthier and do not yellow with time.
Mod Cabinetry uses a 0 VOC waterborne paint to limit shrinking and create a nice, smooth finish that will stand the test of time and be healthy home.
What is Green Guard Certification?
GREENGUARD Certification gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors. Achieving GREENGUARD Certification gives credence to manufacturers’ sustainability claims, backing them with empirical scientific data from an unbiased, third-party organization.
Mod Cabinetry is GREENGUARD GOLD Certified, which meets stricter certification criteria and considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals. GREENGUARD Gold Certified products can be used to earn valuable credits in the US Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating Systems, the Green Guide for Healthcare, the NAHB Green Building Guidelines, Green Globes, Regreen and many other building codes, standards and specifications.
What is all this fuss about casework?
Casework, or your cabinetry box, is where all your support comes from. This is the box that keeps your cabinet in place, is screwed into the wall and how the drawers and doors stay stable.
There are various materials you can make your cabinet box out of and they play a vital role into the longevity and health of your cabinets. Common materials are MDF, particleboard and plywood.
MDF: Medium-Density Fiberboard (or MDF) is a wood-fiber composite that can be molded to feet cabinetry makers needs.And while it is lower quality than hardwood plywood, it does do well with humidity changes.
Plywood: Plywood, especially hardwood plywood is the best thing to make cabinetry boxes out of. It’s very sturdy, and creates the needed stability to keep cabinet doors and drawers from sagging over time. it also has the flexibility to deal with moisture and humidity changes that make it the best option for your cabinetry box.
Particleboard: Particleboard is made from pressed bits of wood bound together with adhesives, particleboard can be covered with a veneer of wood or melamine. A lot of particleboard can contain harmful VOC’s and does not hold up to moisture as well as plywood. It is a budget-friendly choice for your cabinetry box.
Another factor for your casework is how thick it is, 3/4″ is the thickest you’ll see on the market, other sizes you can see are 1/2″ or 5/8″. Thinner cabinetry boxes are cheaper to make, but provide less stability to withstand kitchen use.
Tell me more about Pure Bond 3/4" Formaldehyde Free Hardwood Plywood
The Pure-Bond 3/4″ hardwood plywood option for Mod Cabinetry is thick and stable, to make sure your cabinetry lasts through all of your kitchen needs. Not just California Carb Compliant in terms of formaldehyde, Mod Cabinetry’s hardwood plywood upgrade is NAUF (No Added Urea-Formaldehyde) which means none, zilch.
Mod Cabinetry takes pride in using sustainably sourced materials and the PureBond hardwood plywood is domestically sourced ensuring that you get the highest quality plywood in terms of performance and sustainability.
What’s in a drawerbox?
More on Mod’s FREE custom paint program
That’s right, Mod Cabinetry offers a free custom paint matching for your cabinetry job in their 0-VOC waterborne paint technology system. This allows you to expand the colors available to you to, well anything!
Mod Cabinetry does ask that you purchase a sample door first, this ensures that you double-check the color match before they make your whole cabinetry order. Contact us to get the process started!
More on Mod’s Leadtime
Each Mod Cabinetry job is made to order which means you get a high level of detail to your kitchen. Mod Cabinetry has a shorter lead time compared to similar eco-friendly cabinets so you can get your cabinetry in your kitchen ASAP.
Thermofoil lead times usually range from 4-6 weeks depending on the time of year and location they are being shipped to. Painted and stained cabinets take a little longer, anywhere from 6-8 weeks, depending on time of year. Usually lead-time is longer in the summer when a lot of projects are going on, and shorter in the winter months.