Your home is your fortress and one of the places you spend the most time, and when things start to deteriorate it can be disheartening and frustrating. One unsightly phenomenon that can be commonly found in homes is warping cabinet doors. Whether cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom are affected, a number of factors can lead to warping or changing of shape. However, once your cabinets warp they can’t be put back to their original state, and it is good to look at how you can prevent this damage before it happens.
What are some of the common reasons cabinet door warp?
Moisture is the number one culprit of cabinet door warping. Kitchens and bathrooms frequently encounter moisture, which can cause issues for your cabinets. In particular, large and sudden changes in moisture level cause problems for wood.
Low quality construction
Uniformity of construction and consistent finishing is important when preventing warping. Balanced construction is important because the moisture will have the same effect on each side of the door so the overall cabinet will remain in a stable position. Cabinets that are not finished on both sides or cabinets that aren’t sealed are more prone to warp.
Low quality material
Cabinet material, thickness of wood, and grain direction are also all factors that directly influence the warping potential of plywood cabinet doors. Thicker cabinets are less prone to warp. It is important to produce the wood cabinets to withstand a similar level of moisture as they will be exposed to wherever they are installed. Plywood constructed with symmetrical layers will be better suited to withstand environmental fluctuations. For solid wood, construction with alternating ring arc direction will counteract the likelihood of warping.
How to tell if cabinet doors are warped
Check out this great video to learn how to discover if your cabinet doors are warped.
How to fix warped cabinet doors
Replacing Cabinet Doors
Anytime you can get away with only replacing the doors of your cabinets, it is a great way to save money. When considering replacing your kitchen cabinet doors, keep in mind that weather resistant doors are less susceptible to warping. This type of kitchen cabinet might be especially suited to environments where the temperature or moisture level is prone to alter greatly.
With your new doors, consider avoiding installing wood cabinets in environments with extreme moisture and temperature fluctuations, or as the barrier between competing environments. Examples would be cabinets in laundry rooms, or beside heaters or humidifiers. Instead, consider using specially crafted materials built to withstand those conditions. You may even want to consider fiberglass doors instead.
Replacing All Kitchen Cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets aren’t high quality, it may be more worth your while to replace them completely with better quality. If the cabinets are excessive water damaged or worn down from wear and tear, trying to only replace them in part might be a waste of money.
You might also want to consider replacing all kitchen cabinets if they are older, and the layout of your kitchen isn’t functional anymore. While this route is more costly up front, it might be the refresher that your kitchen needs and help to avoid more costly issues down the road.