Is it better to replace or reface kitchen cabinets? | AQK

Comment by The AQK Team on March 6, 2017

Is it better to replace or reface kitchen cabinets? | AQK


It’s no secret that redoing your cabinets can be the most expensive part of remodeling your kitchen. Your kitchen cabinets need to be beautiful, timeless, and–most importantly–sturdy.


But you may be looking for a less expensive, less intrusive way to give your cabinets a facelift without completely starting from scratch. Maybe that’s why you’re considering refacing your cabinets.


But is refacing right for you? Or should you actually be replacing your kitchen cabinets? It can be tricky to decide if refacing or replacing kitchen cabinets is the right move, so we wanted to help you answer your question.


Reface or Replace?


What Does Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Mean, Anyway?

Refacing your kitchen cabinets is exactly what is sounds like. It’s when you (and by you, we mean a licensed professional) remove the doors and drawers of your kitchen cabinet and apply a new facing and hardware to make it appear as though you got new cabinets. There are three different materials you can apply on top of your old kitchen cabinets: wood, laminates, or RTF (Rigid Thermofoil).


Why You Would Want To Reface Your Cabinets

Frankly, refacing your kitchen cabinets is quicker, cheaper and less intrusive than completely replacing them. When you replace your kitchen cabinets, it can take days to install, and you have to remove EVERYTHING in your cabinets first. Refacing only take 2 to 4 days, depending on the size of the kitchen. And you don’t have to remove any of the cabinet’s contents.


The thing is, if you have older cabinets (made in the 80’s or 90’s), they were probably made very well. In fact, maybe better than your newer cabinets. So if you have great quality older cabinets that are still in good shape, you probably are better off refacing them, rather than replacing them.


Why You Would NOT Want To Reface

It doesn’t always make more sense to reface your kitchen cabinets. If you have a bad kitchen layout or your existing cabinets are not high quality, then refacing won’t help you. All refacing is going to do is put some makeup on an ugly face. To fix your layout or your crappy kitchen cabinets, you will have to replace them.


But don’t freak out! This doesn’t always have to break the bank. There are plenty of beautiful, stylish models that are stock, which makes them much more affordable.


Decisions, Decisions….

So now you know the basics of refacing versus replacing kitchen cabinets.


If you’re less than thrilled with your kitchen layout or your cabinets aren’t still in great condition, you should probably replace them.


But if you have sturdy, high quality cabinets and love your layout, refacing could be just the thing for you. It can be cheaper. Consumer Reports says that refacing only costs about $300 per door.


But if you think you’ll want to replace your cabinets in the near future, don’t bother refacing them. Just replace them now.


Any questions? Give the cabinet experts here at Affordable Quality Kitchens a call and we’ll help you out.

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