When you think about renovating your kitchen, the first consideration usually is to get new cabinets. While most people think it is easier to actually go for getting new cabinets altogether than just refacing. This is usually considered to be more time consuming and expensive and too much of a hassle, and you might just want to get new cabinets altogether. This is a very common misconception- since refacing will cost you almost half or maybe less of what you would pay if you end up replacing them altogether. Remodelling your kitchen should not be a spur-of-the-moment idea; since there are too may considerations to take into account.
If your kitchen is not falling apart and the cabinets are in good, working condition, getting a refacing job will be much more efficient. Here are some reasons why you should choose refacing over replacing:
- Much more affordable.
Refacing your cabinets only involves changing the exterior and covering it with new veneers, moldings and hardware. A paint job is almost always involved for this as well. This entire process is much cheaper than replacing your cabinets altogether and then making new ones and getting them installed. Your kitchen gets a complete upgrade since the exteriors are changed for everything, but you get it at half the price of an actual upgrade.
- Refacing is more convenient.
Refacing your kitchen, contrary to popular opinion, is not a time consuming process at all. It merely takes a week at most to be completed, and is also much less messy as compared to a complete remodel. Since the cabinets are not replaced, there will not be any dust or debris lying around. Refacing services usually always clean the spaces before delivering their work.
If you replace your cabinets, your kitchen may remain in an unusable condition for a much longer time, and this would obviously cause a great amount on inconvenience, since a kitchen is a very integral component of any house. It is not always feasible to order takeout every day. If you opt for resurfacing instead, you can actually use your kitchen even on the days when it is being worked on.
- No demolition is required.
When you opt for replacing your cabinets, they will need to be taken down completely. Renovation projects for only a certain part of the house can weaken the walls of the house and may result in structural damages which may worsen over time. If you opt for resurfacing your cabinets, there is no need for any demolition.
These factors are keeping in mind that your kitchen cabinets are still in a good condition and can be used. If your cabinets are damaged and are starting to fall apart, resurfacing them will not make much of a difference. In that case, you might need to replace your cabinets completely. Before you decide on any remodelling projects, it is probably a good idea to get your house checked, so that you know which areas need to be remodelled and which can simply be resurfaced.