Kitchen cabinets can last for as much as 50 years, depending on the quality of the wood and hardware. While this basically means that kitchen cabinets are permanent household units upon installation, there are several factors that can significantly degrade their condition. Sudden changes in temperature, moisture, as well as infestation of termites can bring discoloration, cracks, and holes to a set of cupboards. But what makes it a bigger problem is that it can be difficult to identify an old and worn kitchen cabinet at first glance.
If you think that you will soon need a replacement for your old kitchen cabinets, consider the following signs when doing a cupboard inspection:
Try to check your cabinets for any unwanted odors. There’s a good chance that debris, dust, and even spoiling food has accumulated inside your drawers. While cleaning can get rid of the smell, it can affect the condition or quality of the wood, making it more likely to bring back the bad smell.
Take a look closer at your cabinets and see if there are a number of scratches, and malfunctioning knobs. The more you see the signs of wear and tear to your cupboards, the more you need to have them replaced or at least undergo a kitchen cabinet refacing service.
Modern kitchen cabinets are designed to develop a seamless opening and closing motion on their doors. If your cupboard door doesn’t fit back to the main cabinet panel after attempting to close it down, then there’s an issue going on with the hinges.
If it takes a lot of effort for you to open your cabinet drawers, you might need to call for a repair or replacement soon. Any items that you put inside your faulty drawers might get stuck, denying you access for extended periods of time unless you forced your way through, which can further damage your cabinets.
Gradual exposure to water can result in attracting mold. Some types of mold are notorious for causing allergic reactions to humans. Letting these fungi infiltrate your kitchen storage is dangerous and can hasten the lifespan of your cupboards. Be sure to install your kitchen cabinets a bit away from sources of water, such as pipes.