Whether you are preparing to remodel your kitchen or are concerned about the condition of your kitchen cabinets, you may be wondering how long you can expect your kitchen cabinets to last. Kitchen cabinets are typically durable and sturdy, but the daily wear and tear and moisture they experience can eventually affect them.
If your cabinets are in poor condition or you want to refresh your kitchen’s style with the new trends, they should be replaced. In some cases, top-quality kitchen cabinets can last up to 50 years with the right care and maintenance. On the other hand, cheaply manufactured or poorly maintained cabinets will last less than half the time of quality cabinets.
We recommend high-quality custom kitchen cabinets that are likely to last 25 years when properly maintained. In many cases, kitchen cabinet manufacturers provide you with a 25-year guarantee on kitchen cabinets. These cabinets should last unless they suffer from termite or water damage.
If your cabinets are in good structural condition, but you want to change the style, opt for cabinet refacing. This is a process where we will take off the old cabinet doors and replace them with new ones for a refreshed look.
You can not only change the style of the doors and the hardware, but we can also change the color and then paint or laminate the cabinet framework to match. With cabinet refacing, you can take it easy on your budget and still get a brand new style!
If you have shelves and cabinet frames that are in good, functional condition and free of water or termite damage, we can reface them to give them a new look!
If your refaced kitchen cabinet boxes are made from solid wood and are in good condition, you can expect to gain anywhere from 15 to 20 years more after a cabinet refacing job.
To ensure you get the most out of your cabinet’s lifespan, be sure to ventilate moisture and steam out of your kitchen while cooking. You should also clean and coat cabinets regularly and maintain them with a coat of waterproof veneer or polyurethane coating to protect them.
The more careful you are with your maintenance, the longer the refacing will last!
In some cases, you won’t be able to reface your existing cabinets, and you will need to replace them. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets with new ones:
If your cabinet frames are rotting or you have moldy cabinet frames, it’s time to replace them. Once your cabinet frames are compromised, there is no saving the cabinets.
If you purchased the cabinet cheap and they are made from materials such as MDF or particleboard, they will only last so long before they become water damaged from the moisture in the kitchen, so if you’re considering new cabinets, it is best to replace the cheaper ones for a high-quality option.
As cabinets age, they can take on a funky, musty smell that can sometimes be taken care of with a deep clean. If you can’t eliminate the smell, it’s time for new cabinets.
If you plan to change your entire kitchen layout during the remodel, you will need to replace your current cabinets with a new set that matches your layout. If you still like your current cabinets, you may be able to repurpose them, depending on the layout.
If the kitchen cabinets you have no longer serve your needs or style, consider replacing them with new ones!
At Desirable Kitchens and Remodeling, we can reface your current kitchen cabinets or install your new kitchen cabinets. You can trust our experienced team to complete your cabinet installation safely and efficiently for great results! Contact us today to learn more!
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