Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets
From food and liquids that drip down the front or sides to spills inside the cabinets and even water damage from leaks or steam, your kitchen cabinets can really take a beating. While standard maintenance and deep cleaning can solve a few of these issues, sometimes the damage is too extensive, and your cabinets will need to be fully resurfaced or even replaced. Here are some tips on how to determine the best options to keep your kitchen cabinets in top shape.
Time for an Upgrade
There are specific physical signs that mean your cabinets are ready for an upgrade, such as bubbling on the inside or outside surface of the cabinets, lamination that's beginning to peel, disfiguration or warping of the wood, color changes, softness of the wood and signs of mold. While it's not uncommon to have a door that doesn't close exactly as expected, larger problems such as gaping holes between the doors and the cabinets or a clear mismatch in colors between cabinets in the same area are a reason for concern. Along with the physical wear and tear that can happen as a result of daily use, you may also decide to go for a refresh if the cabinet layout simply isn't functional for your needs — such as corners that are difficult to reach and use. It's important to know that if you see evidence of mold on your cabinets, that they should be replaced quickly. Many different types of mold have been linked to health problems, and with food being prepared in the kitchen it's better to be safe than sorry!
Refinish or Replace
Replacing your cabinets can be the largest cost in an overall kitchen remodel, so how can you tell if a simple refinishing would work instead of having to go for a full set of replacement cabinets? A lot of this depends on the overall structural integrity of your cabinets as well as the functional configuration. If your kitchen is in working condition and your cabinet space is adequate and usable, then many homeowners opt to reface their cabinets instead of completely replacing them. There are several different ways that you can reface or refinish your cabinets:
- Paint or refinish existing cabinets and door facings
- Update wooden veneers with a new facing
- Remove all existing cabinet doors and drawers and replace them with a new look
Refacing your cabinets can greatly reduce the cost of your kitchen remodel while still refreshing your design and shoring up any aging cabinet structures. Another relatively inexpensive upgrade would be to replace all of your kitchen cabinet hardware.
Ready to get started on your next kitchen remodeling or refacing project? Talk to the experts at Kitchen Tune-Up to receive a free estimate! You can reach us at 704-248-8847 or request an online quote!