CARB 2 Compliant
What is CARB2 Compliance?
As part of our on-going mission to bring you the highest quality products that are environmentally safe, all our CARB2 compliant cabinets are manufactured with a premium quality plywood that meets the California formaldehyde emission standards for indoor air quality.
What is KCMA?
Not all cabinets are created equal, so how is one supposed to know which ones are superior and which ones are inferior? Fortunately, you don’t have to know everything there is to know about cabinetry to have an idea about the quality of the ones you’re looking at.
While browsing our gallery of cabinets, you may have noticed a blue and white seal that marks our products as certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers of America (KCMA). You may or may not have also seen this seal on products you’ve checked out in your local showrooms and on online stores. This is the mark that you should look for if you’re in the market for quality cabinetry (and honestly, who isn’t?). Obviously if you don’t see the KCMA seal it is almost certain that the supplier has either failed the KCMA tests or is unwilling to take the chance of submitting their cabinets to the test.
Now, what does this seal mean exactly? The KCMA stamp of approval lets you know that the cabinet you’re looking at meets the rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This means that the cabinet has gone through a battery of tests used to simulate years of typical household usage.
Of course, not every single cabinet that is manufactured can be tested individually. With the number of manufacturers all over the U.S. alone, that would just be a logistical nightmare. Instead, an independent, third-party lab selects test samples. They then run these samples through the following extensive tests:
· – Five structural tests to measure the overall structural integrity of the cabinets
· – Two drawer tests to ensure that the drawers still retain proper functionality over time
· – Two door operation tests to measure durability and resistance to impact
· – Four finish tests to measure resistance to heat, cold, and food stains. These tests also measure how the samples hold up to exposure to moisture such as detergent and water solutions.
Only manufacturers whose sample cabinets pass the thirteen tests mentioned above are given license to affix the seal on their products, marking them as among the most durable and investment-worthy cabinetry available today.
We invite you to learn more about KCMA at www.kcma.org and to visit our company’s profile at http://www.kcma.org/company/solid-wood-cabinet-company.
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Certification Program assures the user of kitchen cabinets and bath vanities that the cabinet bearing the blue and white seal complies with the rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is sponsored by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA).
Further, the cabinet is an exact duplicate of samples that have been independently tested for conformance to ANSI/KCMA A161.1-2000. To find out more about KCMA Certification, visit their website at www.kcma.org. To further ensure our cabinets will stand the test of time we have put them through 13 rigorous KCMA tests and passed them all.
1. Shelves and bottoms are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot to ensure no excessive deflection or joint failure on the cabinet or mounting system.
2. Installed wall cabinets are loaded with 500 pounds to ensure that the cabinet will accept net loading in compliance with ANSI A161.1-1995 requirements.
3. A load of up to 250 pounds is applied against the inside of cabinet fronts to ensure reliable front joints.
4. A 3 pound steel ball is “drop tested” against shelves, cabinet bottoms and drawer bodies to ensure cabinets will withstand dropping of cans and other items.
5. Cabinets are impact tested by striking the center of a closed and open door with a 10 pound sand bag.
6. Cabinet doors are weighted with 65 pounds and operated 10 times to test the ability of door and hinges to withstand loading.
7. Doors are opened and closed for 25,000 cycles to ensure durability under the stress of normal usage.
8. Drawers and drawer mechanisms are tested at 15 pounds per square foot and operated through 25,000 opening and closing cycles to assure durability.
9. A 3 pound weight is dropped 10 times against the drawer assembly to ensure that the drawer front assembly will withstand the impact of closing.
10. Cabinets are cycle tested at temperatures ranging from -5° F to +120° F to ensure finish will withstand temperature changes.
11. Cabinets are hot box tested at temperatures up to 120° F to ensure finish will withstand high heat.
12. Finish is exposed to vinegar, grape juice, olive oil, lemon juice, 100 proof alcohol and more to ensure no appreciable discoloration, stain or whitening of the finish occurs.
13. A 24-hour soap and water solution test checks the finish’s ability to withstand exposure to detergents and moisture.