Cabinets have a long lease of life, but like everything in your home they have an expiration date. So how do you know if your cabinets are on their last legs? Take a look at the following:
Mold is a huge warning sign anywhere, but most especially in your cabinets. It can be caused by any number of things – from water damage to bed ventilation. Before replacing your cabinets, find the source of the mold so as to avoid it reoccurring.
Initially, you can treat your cabinets with specialized cleaners – but you still run the risk of the mold returning. If you left unattended, it greatly affects the structure and can result in health problems. If the problem seems to be serious, it's advisable to get new cabinets as soon as possible.
2. Water Damage
Another sign to watch out for is water damage. Due to cabinets being in high areas of moisture (such as the bathroom and kitchen) they're more prone to damage over time. You can prevent water damage for some time with sealants and regular maintenance, but eventually the moisture will often start to affect the structure of the cabinets. This can result in mold and (depending on the material), warping.
3. Structural Issues & Functionality
If the structure and functionality of your cabinets has become affected, that's a surefire sign you're in the market for an upgrade. Minor issues (such as handles falling off) can be fixed very easily, but when the sides of the units are going soft, that's a much more serious matter.
Other signs to keep an eye out for are if the finish is peeling or damaged, if drawers and doors are broken, or if your current kitchen layout is not designed with your needs in minds.