When kitchen cabinets look old and weary, homeowners often tend to caught in a dilemma – refacing versus buying new kitchen cabinets!
Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually smarter to invest in new kitchen cabinetry than spend money on refacing them. In fact, many homeowners wake up to their folly only when they’re through 70% of their kitchen refacing project.
Refacing kitchen cabinets is a smart idea only when you’re making minor tweaks; for larger renovation, it’s better to invest in new cabinetry altogether.
More often than not, the refacing-vs-replacing dilemma appears when you move into an old house. Some people want to buy new kitchen cabinets in a bid to customize the house as per their tastes. Others simply do it for a feel-good factor.
How Long Should Kitchen Cabinets Last?
Kitchen cabinets are like cars — they come with a certain lifespan. Usually, high-quality kitchen cabinets tend to last longer than cheaper cabinets. However, all kitchen cabinets tend to wear depending on the several factors including the way they are treated.
According to a study by National Association of Home Builders, kitchen cabinets are expected to last up to 50 years.
While that sounds like a pretty long time, the study factors in ideal conditions in which cabinets are usually treated. In reality, though, many factors play a role in defining the lifespan of kitchen cabinets.
So, how would you know if it’s the right time for a kitchen remodeling and cabinet replacement?
Here are the telltale signs:
Cabinets are Originally Low-grade and Used for Years
If you’re moving into a home, chances are the kitchen cabinets might have been in use for years and need replacement. Moreover, they were originally low-grade, e.g, constructed from particleboard or any cheap materials, you would be better off remodeling the kitchen cabinetry altogether than going for a minor fix here and there. Cheap cabinets, have been worn out for years, are not only look awful on your kitchen decor but they are functionally out of date as well. As a result, you will end up wasting time and money if you chose to reface them.
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Cabinets are in a State of Despair
Without proper maintenance, kitchen cabinets can grow out of shape over time. It’s common for old cabinets develop mold, rotted frame, swelling and other wear and tear that severely affect the structural integrity of the entire cabinet. If the cabinets have remained unused and in bad shape for a relatively long period of time, it’s a bad idea to reface them. The amount of money you’ll spend on salvaging the dilapidated cabinets will far outstrip the costs of brand-new cabinets.
You Want to Redo the Kitchen Layout
When you want to change the entire kitchen layout of a house you just moved into, it’s a good idea to buy new kitchen cabinets altogether. Many homebuyers usually invest in kitchen remodeling because they don’t like the old kitchen layout and the way certain cabinets are designed. For example, if an existing kitchen doesn’t have blind corner cabinets or isn’t optimized for the small kitchen space, you might want to completely revamp the functionality, look and feel of the kitchen as per your requirements and tastes.
So, What Exactly Should You Do?
When your cabinets are low-grade and/or damaged beyond repair, it’s better to replace them than reface them. If your cabinets have weak face frames, are water-damaged and affected by warping, they will continue to have those problems despite refacing. It’s not always easy to inspect the cabinets yourself and determine their current health. That’s where we come into the picture.
Simply, call us at (626) 579-9889 or contact us we will review your cabinets and suggest the best kitchen cabinet solutions your kitchen deserves.