Over the years, your kitchen cabinets eventually show signs of wear and tear. Maybe the first couple of times, you can touch up your cabinets or get them refaced, but eventually you may have to consider replacing them entirely. 

Here’s everything you should know about the expected lifetime of kitchen cabinets and things to consider when it’s time to buy new ones.

The Expected Lifetime of Kitchen Cabinets

As one of the longest-lasting components of your entire kitchen, your cabinets outlast your appliances, sink, faucet and most countertops by a minimum of 30 years. But of course, the lifetime can vary depending on the initial quality and how well they have been taken care of.

Hopefully, the kitchen cabinets installed in your home were of high quality and properly maintained. If so, they can last up to 50 years. 

Signs Your Cabinets Need Replacing

Deciding when it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets can sometimes be difficult. Overall, if you’re still happy with the layout and they are in good shape, there’s no reason to upgrade them.

If any of the following indicators are present, we suggest that you replace your kitchen cabinets, rather than trying to repair or reface them again:

  • Water Damage: When cabinets start displaying colour discolouration, are swollen or no longer close properly, water damage may be present.
  • Poor Overall Functioning: If your cabinets are difficult to access, open up wrong and regularly get stuck or create an odd sound, then they could probably benefit from a remodel. Doors and drawer fronts that start falling off are another indicator that it’s replacement time.
  • The Presence of Mould: Identified mould only grows and worsens, eventually making it impossible to stop spreading. Mould can compromise the general integrity of your cabinets and create harm to your family’s health, so find out the source before replacing your cabinets.
  • Cabinet Box in Poor Shape: If your current wooden cabinet doors are not able to support new holes and hinges, a lot of money and time will be wasted, making ineffective repairs.

Tips to Keep in Mind When Buying Kitchen Cabinets

Knowing that your kitchen cabinets will last for years, choose a classic style for a safe, long-term investment. 

Think about the style of your home today and what you envision it to be in the future. Will your appliances always complement your cabinets? What about your marble or stone countertop? Selecting a timeless style will prevent the need to replace the cabinetry for aesthetic reasons only in the future.

The same goes for the function of your cabinets – do you like their general function, size, layout and design? Future cabinets should highlight what you like about your current cabinets and improve aspects that you don’t.

Looking for more information on updating your kitchen cabinets? As experts in refinishing, refacing and manufacturing kitchen cabinets, we would be happy to review the most affordable option for you. Contact us today to learn more about the kitchen cabinet services we provide in Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton and surrounding areas.