Cabinet refacing is the replacement of kitchen door and drawer fronts with a new veneer. The contractors apply a wood veneer or laminate over your existing cabinet structures. They can replace the hardware, too. The result is a completely fresh façade to your kitchen cabinetry. Refacing can save you about 50% over replacement.
Most people enjoy saving money, but that fact doesn't mean kitchen cabinet refacing is right for you. Below are some factors to help you decide if refacing is a good approach for your remodel job.
Structural Shape of Existing Cabinets
Refacing contractors work with the existing structure of your cabinets. This structure includes the cabinet box, frame, doors, and drawer fronts. They can do repairs if necessary. However, anything more than the most minor of repairs starts to add considerably to the cost of refacing.
So, look at the structural shape of your existing cabinets. The veneer is going to cover any scratches, small dents, or scuffs. Do you have more significant damage to the façade? The contractors might have to fill in bigger dents or splits. Look inside the cabinets. If you see any signs of water damage, warpage, or other issues, be aware that refacing typically won't affect those problems.
If your cabinets are structurally sound, refacing is a good option.
Functionality of Existing Cabinets
Kitchen cabinetry takes up a large percentage of your kitchen's visual space. Therefore, the appearance of the cabinets is a prime motivator for homeowners to seek out a kitchen remodel. Refacing addresses the issue of wanting a new façade.
Think about how you interact with your existing cabinetry. Are the cabinets filled with useful storage space? Cabinets that feature big caverns probably don't address all your storage needs efficiently. You can add specialized inserts to the remodeling job, but that also adds to the cost.
Refacing is ideal if your existing cabinets work for you on a functional level.
Customization of Existing Cabinets
The contractors typically take measurements of the cabinet door and drawer fronts. With standard sizes, they often use prefabricated veneers for the refacing. Standard sizes afford the contractors efficiency.
Many older cabinets don't feature standard door or drawer sizes. Likewise, some cabinets may have fronts designed to fit unusual spaces or convey a custom appearance. When the doors and drawers aren't standard sizes, contractors can still reface them. They do have to order customized fronts, though, which adds time to the project.
Refacing works most efficiently with stock cabinets and drawers. Consider kitchen cabinet refacing as an alternative to replacing entire cabinets.
To learn more, contact a company that offers cabinet refacing services.