Best Bets for Adding Value to Your Home in 2014

Best Bets for Adding Value to Your Home in 2014Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

How do I know if my cabinets are good for refacing?

Refacing is feasible if your existing cabinet boxes are structurally sound and in good condition. Cabinets with water damage, warping, and broken frames are poor candidates. Particleboard cabinetry sometimes requires fasteners, in addition to adhesives, to ensure that the veneer is secure.

Best Bets for Adding Value to Your Home in 2014How are they installed?

A professional installer will come to your house to measure your cabinets and determine the amount of veneer required, the correct sizes and quantities for door and drawer fronts, and how much hardware is needed. Newly ordered doors and drawer fronts may take 1 to 2 weeks for delivery.

Best Bets for Adding Value to Your Home in 2014When all the materials are in hand, your installer removes old cabinet door and drawer fronts, and prepares the surface of the cabinet boxes by washing the exteriors with a degreaser and lightly sanding the finish. Any significant flaws in the surface are repaired or filled to ensure a smooth, secure fit for the new veneer.

The installer applies veneer to the cabinet faces and any exposed cabinet ends, then mounts the new doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. The process typically takes 2 to 4 days.

Best Bets for Adding Value to Your Home in 2014Is Refacing Better or just Cheaper?

In most cases It’s both. Most older cabinets are built to last and made out of better material, so why throw them away? Most cabinet manufactures will turn to particleboard or plywood to keep costs somewhat affordable. Instead of tearing out your solid existing cabinets and replacing them with cheap particle board, MDF or plywood, you can save by refacing and restyling them. Refacing is a smart decision. It’s more cost-effective and takes less time than a full remodel.

Your choices for the finished look of your cabinets is virtually limitless. Refacing is available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, grains, and more, which you can mix or match to get a relatively low-cost kitchen face-lift.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing