To Reface or Replace? Common Questions in Cabinetry

Published : 05/08/2018 09:09:56
Categories : Denver Cabinet Express Blog

If you’re interested in a kitchen remodel or overhauling the cabinets in the garage for a more streamlined and aesthetic look, the first question you often ask is, should you replace your cabinets or should you reface them? There are benefits to both, but it always comes down to the needs individual and what will work best for the project.

At Denver Cabinet Express, we manufacture rta cabinets for contractors and homeowners alike. Whether you have a business and need a supplier to fulfill large cabinet orders, or you’re working on replacing your kitchen cabinets piece by piece, we can assist you in any project. Follow along as we delve into the question of whether to replace or reface cabinets.

When to Reface

Perhaps you have solid but outdated kitchen cabinets, and you desire a fresh, more modernized look. If your cabinets are in good shape, a reface may be the ideal option, because why replace all the cabinets? Working with what you have is not only more cost-effective but it is better for the environment, too. In a cabinet reface less demolition is involved, which makes the task much easier if you’re a homeowner.

Refacing cabinets is creating a new look of your cabinets and takes it one step further than painting them. The reface is adding a new skin, or veneer, to the remains of the cabinet box.

Resurfacing may be too involved for the homeowner, and there are companies who specifically provide resurfacing services. If you’re planning on doing it yourself, the project can take anywhere from a weekend to a couple of weeks.

The Cabinet Refacing Process

Drawer fronts and cabinet doors are removed and refaced.
Veneers are applied to the cabinet box remains.
New hardware is put on and the cabinet doors are fastened back on.

When to Replace

Replacing your old cabinets will likely be more expensive and involve more time for demolition purposes. When you replace your cabinets, you are completely removing the old ones so it’s crucial to have exact measurement of what you need and ensure the counters are level so that items don’t roll off your new kitchen cabinets. If your cabinets are not installed correctly it can lead to cracking and other issues over the years, so if you’re installing rta cabinets yourself, it is imperative that you’re meticulous as possible.

If you’re installing cabinets yourself, the process is a bit shorter than refacing, and can be completed over a weekend.

The type of rta cabinets matter.

There are a couple of different rta cabinets on the market, including those that are similar to IKEA in that not many tools are required, usually just a screwdriver, mallet, and drill. There is a cam-lock system where no cutting or gluing is required. Oppositely, there are rta’s that you almost build from scratch. With this type you will need to cut, glue, use spring and bar clamps, in addition to hamming and drilling the pieces.

So, what kind of cabinet project are you in for? Refacing or replacing? Both are great options for a kitchen cabinet remodel, but it all depends on your needs! If you’re concerned about its environmental impact, refacing is the better option, as it’s using and improving what you already have. When you replace your cabinets, the old ones will likely end up in a landfill although there are great options to recycle the remains.

If time is an issue, replacing cabinets actually takes less time than resurfacing them, but if you’re doing it yourself, you can go at your own pace. Typically it takes two to four days for a resurface and one to two days for a cabinet replacement. Again, it all depend on your needs and budget, but both can be great options that provide a fresh, new look.

For beautiful, ready to assemble cabinets that come in a variety of colors and materials, shop Denver Cabinet Express. Place your order online with us today!

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