How Long Will Your Kitchen Cabinets Last?

Contractor Kitchen Cabinets: How Long Will They Last?

Kitchen cabinets are, hands down, the most expensive investment to be made in a kitchen remodel. For the best results, it’s always a good idea to get professionals to install contractor kitchen cabinets. But once that’s done, just how long can you expect to be able to rely on these cabinets?

You Get What You Pay For

If you’re working with reputable, experienced professionals, contractors’ kitchen cabinets will last for decades. Investing in quality work and premium materials can lead to kitchen cabinets that can last 50 years or more. Many quality cabinets installed in the 1960s and 70s still work well today despite the out-of-date look.

However, for homeowners that don’t want to go “all-out” and spend huge amounts of money on cabinets, today’s modern cabinet installation should last between 20-25 years, which is often still plenty of time for a family living in a home. Much of this lifespan durability has to do with the choice of materials. The quality of work is important, but the quality of materials largely determines the test of time.

On the low end, particleboard is one of the lowest end materials, though even wood, considered a top-tier material, can be low grade and cheap if wood with many imperfections is used. The parts for the cabinet also play a role. Metal corner gussets and braces, for example, can be made of durable, high-quality metal, or they can use cheap, fragile plastic which can quickly degrade within a few years, or even a few months, depending on the quality of the installation.

The Expense Is Worth It

How beautiful and how long kitchen cabinets last is a direct result of how much you’re willing to invest. Go with quality contractor kitchen cabinets, working with experienced professionals who use only quality parts and tools for the installation. You’ll get kitchen cabinets that are likely to last longer than the time you spend living in your home.