When choosing to reface or replace your kitchen cabinets, there are a few things you need to know.
First off, the price of replacing and refacing your cabinets are not that different. In some cases, like we have seen with our own customers, refacing can costs hundreds to a thousand dollars more, yet you are actually receiving a lot less.
Secondly, refacing your cabinets will not get rid of any problems that cannot be seen—problems such as mold. We work with many plumbers in the Charlotte area and have spoken to them on the benefits of refacing and replacing cabinets. Most agree it is best to replace because of the hidden water damage they see so regularly that goes unseen between the back of the cabinet and your wall. Because of the water damage, you could be hiding a severe mold problem, and never know it.
Does anyone in your family have allergies? If so, replacing may be the best option, just to ensure that any hidden mold behind your cabinets is removed and water damage can be repaired.
Here are some more photos of mold hidden behind cabinets. If you reface your cabinets, you would never discover this problem, and the problem would not be removd. Even if you don’t notice it now, water damage and mold, if not treated or fixed, will continue to grow into a larger health issue. The mold can also eat into your walls and cause more significant damage that will in turn cause you to replace your cabinets or more at a later time.
Another benefit of replacing your cabinets is the privledge to pick out the stain finish of your new cabinets, design options, and the fun you will have while the work is being done. Plus, the bragging benefits that come with it to show off your newly remodeled kitchen or bath after it is completed.
Replacing cabinets does not take much time. A regular size kitchen can have the old cabinets removed, new cabinets installed and new tops installed sometimes in the very same day — giving you access to your kitchen immediately. We value your time and understand the need to have your kitchen functioning — so we always work our best with your schedule to finish a project quickly.
The latest kitchen remodel we completed was in the Charlotte neighborhood Highland Creek. Our installers arrived promply at 8AM in the morning, tore out the old cabinets and countertops, installed the new cabinets and granite countertops — and were completed before 5PM the same day. We even scheduled a plumber to come out the same day — so this homeowner’s kitchen was up and running by the time we left. Photos are below showing the before — an all white kitchen, and the after — a spice maple color cabinet and new granite countertops:
There are definately many benefits to replacing cabinets rather than refacing.
1) Why reface when you can replace for less and get MORE? — Generally the cost is the same, or replacing could even cost LESS
2) Refacing only covers up problems — Refacing cabinets will not get rid of unwanted mold, hidden damage or water problems — Even if these problems are unseen, only replacing will find what is hidden between the walls and cabinet or under the cabinet. These problems, if left ignored, will litterally grow and spread into a larger issue.
3) Replacing gives you options — Design your kitchen the way you want it, with the colors you want. Personalize your kitchen from dull, boring, and ordinary into EXTRAORDINARY, classy, and then take the bragging rights that come with it.
I hope this helps you decide when it comes to refacing or replacing your kitchen cabinets. Refacing only covers up problems, while replacing will give you new options, design features, benefits and a beautiful, clean kitchen that everyone can enjoy.