Reface or Replace?

When it comes to updating your cabinets, you are most likely faced with the decision to reface or replace your cabinets. There seems to be a misconception that refacing is ALWAYS cheaper because you are not replacing everything! Well….it simply isn’t true! The expected cost of either option really depends on several factors when planning your cabinet makeover project.

Kitchenmart Ltd. shares 6 things to consider when deciding to reface or replace:

1. Age and condition of old cabinets:

The older your cabinets are – the more expensive it is to reface especially if the condition of your cabinets is also not great. Refacing the cabinets could possibly be just masking the deteriorating condition of your cabinets and you will need to replace the entire unit shortly after refacing. Replacing your cabinets will make more sense to yield a longer return on your investment and less trouble down the road if your cabinets are old and is not in good condition.

2. Inspect for water damage:

This is important because refacing does not solve the problem. If there is water damage – it is likely to make more sense to replace your cabinets to avoid future problems and costs down the road if it is deemed unfixable or costly.

3. Future value of new vs refacing:

It is worth considering if you will receive a higher return with replacing or refacing your cabinets depending on whether you plan to move in the near future or not. This may not be a deciding factor to homeowners renovating their ‘forever’ home.

4. Cost to replace or reface:

Most people think refacing is less, but refacing is very labour intensive and on average, it takes three full days to complete an average sized project. It is recommended to get quotes for refacing and replacing options, so you can make an informed decision on which option will suit your needs best. Because who knows….replacing your cabinets may end up being the lower cost alternative.

5. Types of hinges and other hardware:

Don’t forget you will need new hardware to match your new doors with refacing…have you factored this into your budget? Unless you don’t really care about the aesthetics of the end project, these items can put you over your budget with refacing.

6. Cost of adding drawers or other changes:

Refacing is not simply just upgrading the looks of your kitchen, but it also requires consideration on whether changes are needed to enhance the functionality of your cabinets. Let’s be real…it is hard to just change the doors when it comes to upgrading cabinets. Cabinets are very important and is our sanity when everything is properly stored and organized in our home.

Cabinet Refacing in Edmonton

Kitchenmart is Edmonton’s cabinet and countertop experts and have decades of experience in kitchen design and renovation. Give yourself the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted! Let them help you decide by doing a free estimate and inspection. Their inspection can give you the information to help you make an informed decision. They will also give you the total cost of refacing and replacing with new cabinets.   Their low cost for new cabinets will make your decision easier.

Contact Kitchenmart Ltd. Today!



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