Looking at Kitchen Cabinet Warranties

Answered by Brendan ~ July 21, 2010 ~ No Comments

I'm a little confused about the tier system for getting warranties on new kitchen cabinets. Some are for a year, then five years, then 10 years, and then lifetime. Any decent set of kitchen cabinets should last ten years. Right? Why would I choose a warranty under ten years?

Peggy S. ~ Portland, Oregon

Brendan Fowler

I know some cabinet manufactures offer extended warranties for additional cost, but as with any warranty, you need to fully understand what is covered with the warranty. Most warranties cover defects in materials and craftsmanship, not "normal wear and tear". So you need to determine if the extended warranty is going to be justified for your situation. I would like to say that good cabinets would last much longer than 10 years, but I have seen good cabinets show signs of failing in as little 1 year because of poor treatment and excessive exposure to water around the kitchen sink. As with anything you put into your home, the useful lifespan of cabinets you install will depend largely on how they are used and maintained.

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