Kitchen cabinets can either make or break a kitchen. They affect the appearance of a kitchen significantly, and they store important items in an aesthetically pleasing way. At a certain point, there may be a need to replace cabinets. Replacing cabinets can instantly update your kitchen and improve the aesthetic and functionality of your home.
Replacing cabinets can be a tricky process, which is why most people opt to use professionals to do it for them. Investing in a professional kitchen remodel offers several advantages as opposed to doing it yourself, but it is still beneficial to know the process. This blog will take you through the process of how professionals replace cabinets.
Signs It is Time to Replace Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets can suffer from wear and tear overtime, and there are some signs that indicate it is time to replace them to improve functionality and aesthetics. Visible signs of wear, such as peeling or chipping paint, warped wood, or water damage, are clear indicators that cabinets have reached the end of their lifespan. Outdated design and style can make the kitchen feel old, which may prompt homeowners to seek a more modern style.
Functional issues like doors or drawers that no longer close properly, broken hinges, or cabinets that lack efficient storage solutions can hinder daily kitchen operations. Recognizing these signs can help homeowners make an informed decision about the necessity of replacing their kitchen cabinets for both practical and aesthetic reasons.
Planning and Budgeting
The next step in the planning process is setting a budget for the replacement project. Your budget will determine what material and style of cabinets you can use. After you have decided what your budget is, you can choose the specifics of your future cabinets. You can choose the material, style, and measurements of the cabinets to be installed, and the professionals doing the job will get the materials ready to go.
Customization and Additional Features
Cabinets can be customized in several ways, which professionals keep in mind as they replace cabinets that are old. You can incorporate additional features in cabinets like pull-out shelves or soft-close hinges to enhance the new cabinets. You can also customize the finishes or colors of the cabinets to make them fit your exact style and preferences.
Removing Existing Cabinets
Professionals then begin the removal process of the existing cabinets. They start by preparing the kitchen for demolition by clearing the space and protecting surfaces with cloths or plastic sheeting. They will also disconnect utilities and remove appliances to avoid any damage and clear the space.
Once the space is prepped, the professionals will begin removing the old cabinets. They carefully remove the cabinets, starting with the doors and drawers. They may use tools like crowbars or drills to dismantle the cabinets which ensures minimal damage to surrounding areas. Proper disposal or recycling of old materials also happens throughout the entire removal process.
To begin the installation process of the new cabinets, the frames are first put in place. Once the framing is installed, the doors and drawers are mounted and hardware is installed. Throughout the process and after the cabinets are all installed, the professionals make sure the cabinets are properly aligned and function correctly.
People who have replace cabinets often choose to have their countertops replaced at the same time to consolidate the process. Another great benefit of replacing the cabinets and counters at the same time is that they will match styles to keep the kitchen aesthetically pleasing. In the long run, it will save time to replace both at the same time rather than going through the whole process twice.
To finish up the project, finishing touches are added, if applicable. Some of those additions may be trim and molding to improve the aesthetics of the near cabinets. Professionals will also check for any adjustments needed and conduct a final walkthrough to ensure the homeowner is satisfied with their work.
Maintenance and Care Tips
Maintaining and caring for kitchen cabinets is essential to ensure their longevity and preserve the overall aesthetic appeal of the kitchen. Here are some tips to do that:
- Regular Cleaning: Clean regularly with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser and a soft cloth to remove dust, grease, and fingerprints.
- Wipe Spills Promptly: Quickly wipe off any spills or splatters to prevent stains and damage to the cabinet finish.
- Avoid Moisture Damage: Be cautious about moisture in the kitchen, especially near sinks and dishwashers. Excess moisture can lead to warping, swelling, or mold growth.
- Use Cabinet Liners: Consider using cabinet liners to provide an additional layer of protection against spills or stains from dishes.
- Regular Hardware Inspection: Periodically check and tighten cabinet hardware, such as handles and knobs. Loose hardware can lead to wear and tear on cabinets and affect their functionality.
Lloyd’s provides cabinet and countertop installation services that leave your home looking beautiful. Contact us today to get started in your renovation process. Here is a major renovation project we have been working on that included replacing the cabinets: