The modern kitchen is the new living room, but you certainly don’t want to spend all of your time there if it’s not up to snuff. Want to upgrade your kitchen’s look and function? Maybe it’s time to replace kitchen cabinets.
Research shows that a minor kitchen renovation can easily bring a return on your investment of more than 82%. So, it pays to have your kitchen looking right long term. And it’ll make you a much jollier chef in the meantime.
But the question is, should you simply reface your cabinets, or do they need to be totally replaced? We’ve compiled a guide to help you to determine when it’s time to replace kitchen cabinets.
Let’s get started!
Replace Kitchen Cabinets If They Are Cheap
If you bought a home with low-grade, ultra-cheap cabinets, then refacing them typically isn’t an option. We’re talking about cabinets made of low-quality materials such as particle board.
If the cabinet’s interior structures — the skeleton, if you will — aren’t healthy, then neither are the cabinets. Time to ax them.
They’re Not Working Properly
Are your cabinets simply not working for you — literally? If your kitchen cabinets’ overall function isn’t meeting your needs, replacing them is a smart move.
You may convince yourself to keep the cabinets if refacing them can make them more attractive. But you’ll still crave completely new cabinets if they’re not easy to use.
For instance, maybe you open two cabinet doors simultaneously and they end up slamming into each other. Or, perhaps the cabinets aren’t big enough, so you find yourself moving items out of the way to reach those in the back. These are tell-tale signs that you are past due for a kitchen cabinet replacement.
You’ve Got Moldy or Soft Cabinets
Another reason to replace kitchen cabinets? You have a mold issue.
If you catch a mold problem early, you can usually clean it up and stop it with ease. But if you don’t notice it right away, the mold will keep growing.
And that’s bad news.
Your cabinets’ integrity will end up being compromised by the mold. And your health — along with the health of your loved ones — may suffer, too.
Another possible problem is that your cabinets have become soft, which is a sign of serious damage. You can tell if they’re soft by pushing on the side walls of the cabinet. Soft cabinet sides won’t hold up long term, your best bet is to replace the cabinets altogether.
You’ve Got a Bad Cabinet Box
Is your cabinet box so run down that you can’t mount brand-new hinges or re-drill holes in it? Then it’s pretty much useless, so it’s time to start from scratch.
If you want to reface existing cabinetry, you need to be able to work with the wood in it. If you can’t but you still try to make repairs, you risk throwing a lot of time, money and energy out the window.
You’ve Got Water Damage
“Water damage”: two of the most feared words in the world of remodeling. Unfortunately, if your kitchen cabinets have dark spots, are not closing properly or are swollen, water damage may be the culprit.
Cabinets that have suffered water damage can sometimes be repaired in minor cases. But in the following situations, replacing the cabinets is your only option:
- The outsides are losing their lamination
- The cabinets are starting to bubble up on the outside or inside
- The wood has begun to warp
- The cabinets are no longer closing or opening properly
Just be sure that before you embark on your replacement job, you pinpoint the cause of the water leak. You don’t want to be stuck doing another replacement because you never stopped the problematic water source.
You’ve Got Metal Cabinets
Years ago, metal frames and cabinets were popular. And who could blame homeowners for wanting durable products back then?
Unfortunately, these hardy products are hard to work with in a cabinet refacing job. So, you’ll likely have to replace kitchen cabinets in this situation.
You’re Going through a Kitchen Renovation
Cabinet refacing may work if you’re doing a minor kitchen renovation where everything will pretty much stay in the same position.
But if you’re completely altering the layout of the kitchen, you’re going to need new cabinets. The same is true if you’re relocating the kitchen to a brand-new room in your home. If you’re going all out with your kitchen remodel, you might as well go all out with your kitchen cabinetry, too.
Your Cabinets Have a Not-so-Nice Odor
If your kitchen cabinets smell funky or musty, you may be wondering why. The question is, do you really want to know?
All you need to know in this case is when’s the soonest you can get them out of there. After all, who wants a downright bad smell to put a damper on dinner time? Replacing your kitchen cabinets is a surefire way to get rid of the funk once and for all.
Why Replace Kitchen Cabinets?
50 years. That’s how long good kitchen cabinetry will last. It’ll last longer than any other appliance you have in your kitchen. So, clearly, it’s one of the smartest investments you can make in this part of your home.
Since top-quality cabinets can last so long, be sure to choose cabinetry that matches your current kitchen appliances and will match the appliances you get down the road. Classic-style cabinetry makes the safest investment long term.
Also, keep an eye on your kitchen environment, as it can have an impact on how long your cabinetry lasts. For example, maybe you have high humidity in this area of your home. A dehumidifier can go a long way in helping to slow down or prevent damage to your cabinets.
How We Can Help
We offer high-quality kitchen cabinetry in a wide range of styles, ranging from glazed mocha to legacy oak. We also offer top-notch hardware to go with your cabinets.
Get in touch with us to find out more about how replacing kitchen cabinets can add value to your home and your life for years to come.