The decision to order new custom cabinets in Colorado should not be made lightly. Renovating your kitchen with custom cabinets is a big decision, and there are many things to consider. First, why are you considering custom cabinets? Some common reasons include wanting a new aesthetic, replacing cabinets that have fallen into disrepair, and redesigning and remodeling your entire kitchen. In this blog, we will be focusing on identifying when your cabinets are beyond repair, and what you can do to make your new cabinets last longer once you have them installed.

Signs that your cabinets should be replaced

Cabinets are designed to last a long time, but over the years, they can begin to degrade, and will eventually get to the point where they are no longer safe or convenient to use. In a perfect scenario, you will be replacing your old cabinets with new, custom cabinets, long before they stop being functional or safe. To make sure that is the case, here are three warning signs that your cabinets are near the end of their life:

Water damage

Water damage is a major concern in all kitchens. Water can be extremely damaging to wooden cabinets. Water can cause wood to warp, or in extreme cases, fall apart. If your cabinets have major water damage, they may no longer be safe to use. Having your cabinets fall apart on you is something to avoid if at all possible.

Mold

If your cabinets are moldy, it can affect your health and the structural integrity of the cabinets themselves. Certain molds can be removed, but others may require you to dispose of your cabinets for maximum safety.

Poor functionality

Cabinets with drawers that are tough to open and close can be a major annoyance. It can also be a sign that the inner workings of the cabinet are worn out. Sometimes these pieces can be replaced, but other times the damage is beyond repair. If your cabinet doors are not staying shut or are getting stuck shut, it can mean that the wood has warped, or that your hinges are in bad shape. And if the handles and knobs on your cabinets have already been replaced multiple times, the wood in those areas may not be able to support new ones.

How to make your cabinets last longer

Ideally, you would like you cabinets to last as long as possible. Luckily, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that your cabinets do not fall apart on you. Your custom cabinets were an investment into your home, and like any investment, they require regular attention to provide the maximum return. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your modern cabinetry:

Preventative maintenance

Every so often, it is important to check over your cabinet for potential problem areas. Make sure all the screws in the hinges are still tight. Double check that the bolts holding the handles and knobs on your doors and drawers are secure. Doing this regularly will help these parts to last longer.

Regular cleaning

Keeping your cabinets clean will help the integrity of the wood hold up over time. Depending on the exact materials and finishes used on your cabinets, this process will differ slightly. One important thing to do on a daily basis is to make sure that no water (or other liquid) has pooled in any area of your cabinets.
If you are ready for new kitchen cabinets, give us a call. We’d love to get you started on our twelve-step process towards getting the custom kitchen cabinets you’ve always dreamed of.