There Are Pros and Cons to Both Refacing and Replacing Your Cabinets: Which Option Is Best for Your Home?

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Kitchen cabinets are crucial because they define the style, establish the tone, and provide practicality. You only want to go through the process of replacing, refacing, or refinishing your kitchen cabinets once.

Cabinets are one of the most expensive items to replace in a kitchen remodel. Because cabinets are the most expensive item in your kitchen remodeling budget, you must consider how much the job will cost, how long it will take, and how much value you will add to your property. You want cabinets that are both practical and affordable. Check to see if they have enough storage space, are easy to use, and are to your liking.

Keep reading to learn the advantages to replacing and refacing. Then contact Cabinet Magic at 800-570-4194 if you are ready to learn more about either option or if you would like a free quote.

Replacing Your Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets and countertop are physically worn down, it’s time to replace them. If your kitchen need more than a cosmetic makeover, or if you have the funds and desire to replace it, you will most likely need to “gut it.” The majority of your funds will be spent on cabinet replacement. Here’s what you should know before buying new cabinets.

You have the option of purchasing stock or modular cabinets or having them custom built. When determining whether to go with stock or bespoke cabinets, think about the quality of the finish, the materials utilized, the interior accessories, and the door and drawer hardware. Stock cabinets may not have all of the features you desire. Stock or modular cabinets are available at your local home center. If you choose to install the cabinets yourself, be sure to plan ahead of time and take accurate measurements.

Low-cost cabinets are covered with melamine and have low-cost hardware. Paint grade plywood or solid wood doors with reasonably priced hardware characterize mid-range cabinets. The better the grade of plywood, the thicker it is. Hardwood veneers and stain-grade solid wood doors with better hardware and superb fittings are on the top end.

Examine the cabinet joints for nailed or glued connections, as well as dovetail and dowel joints. Dovetail and dowel joints are more durable. Corner blocks made of plastic suggest a low-quality cabinet. Examine the hinges and slides to see whether ones are of higher quality. Examine interior accents like shelves and baskets. Wooden and stainless steel accessories are better than coated wire. Examine whether the doors and drawers close smoothly.

Refacing Your Cabinets

Consider refacing your kitchen if you like your current layout but want something different. If your existing cabinets are in good structural shape and you have enough storage and counter space, this is a fantastic option. Refacing is a type of renovation that gives you a bespoke look at a low cost. It entails applying new laminate to the external surfaces of your cabinets. The front and side panels are treated with fresh paint or a new veneer, and the doors and drawer fronts are changed. There is less trash, no damage to your walls or flooring, and no disturbance to regular kitchen use when you reface cabinets. Most refacing works take a few days, but depending on the scope of the project, it may take longer.

Of course, the best way to get the work done as quickly as possible and with the best results is to contact Cabinet Magic at 800-570-4194 for a free estimate.