Estimating the life of a kitchen that has just been renovated
You could be living with your newly installed kitchen for the next 50 years if you pick it poorly. Whether or not you want to do that is a different question, but high-quality units will last longer than you may imagine. Of course, there are other elements that can influence a makeover of your kitchen before half a century has passed. Some kitchens require an upgrade more quickly than others, and of course, it’s all about personal taste when it comes to kitchen longevity.
What variables influence the condition of your kitchen and its longevity?
The less you use your kitchen, the longer it will look good; however, many kitchens are now much more multi-functional than they were previously, so they are subjected to a lot of movement. The best approach to protect against this is to select cabinets and paint that are more resistant to chipping. A high-gloss surface, for example, scratches very easily than one made from natural stone or wood.
Even if your kitchen is in an odd shape or size, it will be damaged by chips and dents as you’ll be running into it more frequently. If appliances aren’t placed in the right spot or with adequate ventilation, this can also have an impact on how long your kitchen lasts.
The most common reasons for your kitchen’s failure are:
Cabinets become unusable
There are methods to modernize your kitchen without a full-scale renovation if the carcass of a cabinet is still in good condition. However, once their infrastructure begins to collapse, it’s time to replace them with new ones.
Wear and tear
Over time, constant use might wreak havoc on your kitchen, causing countertops to blister and be scratched by heat, that kitchen doors to hit against one another or drawers to become stuck.
Water is all around in the kitchen, causing the wood to bow and cabinets no longer closing properly, or delamination, bubblegum, and discolouration may affect your kitchen cabinets.
If you detect any of the following symptoms, your kitchen’s lifespan may be shortened: a significant amount of steam or a water leak causing mould. If detected early, you might be OK, but mould has a propensity to creep up on you and if left untreated, it can lead to issues in your kitchen as well as harm your family’s health if it grows severe.
What materials are often used in a kitchen?
The most popular materials utilized in kitchens all over the world are medium density fibreboard (MDF), plywood, chipboard with melamine, real wood, and stainless steel.
What can you do to keep your kitchen longer?
You probably don’t want the same kitchen for 50 years, but you certainly don’t have to replace it every five years if you don’t want to. One of the most important things you can do is maintain it in excellent working order. Build-ups of moisture can wreak havoc with your kitchen, so make sure there’s adequate ventilation.
You may love your kitchen but believe it is a little worn. If that’s the case, you can update the cabinet doors and faucets to give them a fresh appearance, or add a kitchen island to provide a contemporary feel.
If you’re searching for a new kitchen, Kitchen & Bathroom Creations is here to assist. Check out our selection of kitchens or go to your local showroom. You might even want to take a look at the Hand-Painted Kitchens that we have to offer.