Cabinet refacing is a process designed to give old kitchens a fresh look without the hassle and expense of full-scale remodeling. Cabinet refacing maintains the basic layout of your current cabinets while replacing old doors with new and refinishing the cabinet frames to match the new doors.
Services Provided by Cabinet Refacing Companies
Cabinet refacing companies offer a wide range of finishes, colors, designs, and styles to fit any need or taste. A number of types of refacers are available, including laminate refacers, which are inexpensive and easy to clean and maintain, and solid wood refacers, which offer the classic look and durability of wood. Cabinet refacing companies may also replace shelves, hinges, handles, and other hardware that have become old or damaged. Some refacing companies will also make minor alterations to the cabinets; for example, making them slightly taller or broader, changing the configuration of doors vs. drawers, and adding new cabinets to empty areas.
The Benefits of Cabinet Refacing
Cabinet refacing has many advantages over full kitchen remodeling. Unlike full kitchen remodeling, which can take weeks or even months, and produce a domino effect of walls being knocked out, plumbing rearranged, and other messy, expensive, and time-consuming procedures, cabinet refacing is usually completed in 3-5 days or less, nearly eliminating the mess and hassle of larger remodeling projects. Cabinet refacing is also far cheaper and more cost-effective. Refacing your cabinets can save thousands of dollars in labor and material costs over the cost of entirely new cabinets. Cabinet refacing is also exceptionally cost-effective because it is considerably cheaper than a full scale remodeling job but produces a similar dramatic improvement in the appearance of the room and increases the resale value of the home. Finally, depending on the complexity of your refinishing plans, cabinet refacing may be simple enough to do-it-yourself, saving even more money on labor costs.
Is Cabinet Refacing for You?
Cabinet refacing is not for everyone. Cabinet refacing projects are most successful if you like the current layout of your kitchen and if your current cabinets are structurally sound. Fortunately, many older cabinets are better made than newer ones and last longer. Structural weaknesses or damage to the frame of the old cabinets is the primary reason refacing may not be an acceptable alternative to a full-scale remodel, but if you are unsatisfied with the current layout of your kitchen, it would be wise to consider a more thorough remodel as well. If your kitchen is simply in need of a face-lift, however, cabinet refacing is an extremely cost-effective and convenient way to beautify your kitchen, increase its convenience and efficiency, and add resale value to your home.