How Long Should I Wait to Update My Kitchen?
Steps to Follow When You Start Thinking “Should I Update My Kitchen?”
We all know that kitchen appliances, cabinetry, countertops, and flooring don’t last forever. Sooner or later you may find yourself asking “should I update my kitchen?” If you think your kitchen needs an update, the next thing to determine it whether you should do a complete overhaul or a little bit at a time. At Special Additions, we’re kitchen design experts and wanted to give you these quick tips on what you should consider when you get the itch to update your kitchen.
Cabinets typically require an upgrade every 10 to 15 years. There are many signs that indicate your cabinets might need to be replaced. For example, the cupboard doors won’t close, and the shelves may begin to buckle and bend. Likewise, if your cabinets are showing signs of water damage, mold, delamination, or blackening wood, it’s likely time for a revamp. But even if the cabinets are in good shape and they just look outdated, you still may want to consider an update.
If you are remodeling, your new cabinet style should integrate well into your kitchen’s theme. If you aren’t sure what you want the rest of your kitchen to look like just yet, shaker style cabinets are a great, versatile option. This clean, simple design is sure to match with anything.
Countertops should be replaced every 10 to 20 years, depending on the countertop’s material. Old and damaged countertops can decrease the value of your home. It’s also possible for cracks and scratches to hold onto bacteria, especially in butcher block or wood countertops. If your counter is cracked, stained, or simply outdated, it’s likely time for a countertop replacement.
But keep this in mind when replacing countertops: You’re going to want to replace the countertops and cabinets simultaneously. While remodeling, you’ll want to maintain a consistent design throughout your kitchen. When cabinets are installed first, you can rest assured that your new countertops will fit perfectly around your new cupboards and will not be damaged during installation.
Kitchen flooring including wood, laminate, and tile will last about 25 to 30 years depending on traffic. Signs of wear and tear include chipped or cracked tile, split or water-damaged wood, and laminate that’s peeling. When choosing new flooring, you want to make sure you choose the right material to handle the traffic in your home. You want something especially durable if you have kids and pets.
If “update my kitchen” is on your to-do list for 2019, then you have to take appliances into consideration. Let’s start with the dishwasher, the unsung hero of the kitchen. Modern dishwashers are designed to last around 10 years, but if you start seeing signs of wear, we suggest investing in a new dishwasher:
- Rust on the exterior
- Standing water
- A door that doesn’t properly latch or lock
- Cracks or damage to the door or frame
- Leaking water on the floor
Refrigerators are built to last about 10 to 15 years, but these signs can indicate it’s time for a replacement:
- Excessive condensation
- Food is spoiling faster than normal
- The freezer builds up ice on items, causing freezer burn
- Excess energy use with no changes in habits
- Motor is loud
- Cooling is uneven, including inside the freezer
A stove can last 15 to even 20 years depending on usage. However, it may be best to replace a stove if you’re seeing these signs of damage:
- Cracked glass
- One or more burners won’t light, or won’t heat up properly
- Unevenly heated oven
- Preheating takes longer than usual
- There is a strong smell of gas in gas units, indicating a potential leak
Ready to Turn Your Dream Kitchen into a Reality?
If your answer to the question “should I update my kitchen?” is “yes” then contact Special Additions. We’re one of the largest and most reputable cabinetry dealers in the New Jersey/New York Area. We’ll guide you every step of the way to ensure that you get the kitchen of your dreams.