Want a fresh look in your kitchen? Not long ago, your only options were to paint or replace. Today, there’s a new kid in town – cabinet refacing. This is when the doors and drawer fronts are replaced with updated ones and the boxes are left in place. It’s the best of both worlds, offering a new look for less. But just how much does cabinet refacing cost? And how does that compare to replacing? Here’s what you need to know.
The Cost of Cabinet Refacing
If you’re looking into replacing your cabinets, you’ll often find the price tag can be in the ballpark of $20,000 or more. This is simply due to expenses related to labor and materials. However, when you reface your cabinets instead, you’re only replacing the doors and drawer fronts. The boxes remain in place, are repaired in areas where needed, and then painted to match, providing a seamless look.
Overall, this approach means less material and less time needed on each job, translating into a lower cost for you. You can get cabinets that look like they are brand new at a fraction of the cost of a complete renovation. In fact, on average, the cost to reface is typically 30% to 50% less than replacing semi-custom or custom cabinets.
Other Benefits Beyond Cabinet Refacing Costs
If you’re thinking of renovating completely, consider this: many cabinets built 20 or 30 years ago are more solidly constructed than the modular and pre-built ones that are manufactured today. If your old cabinets could use an update – but are made from hardwood and still structurally sound – consider having them refaced instead. You can maintain the quality and integrity of the hardwood and still get an upgraded look, all for less than a complete renovation.
In addition, if you like the flow of your kitchen and have ample storage space inside your cabinets, there’s no need for a complete renovation with brand new cabinets. With cabinet refacing, there are many options for door and drawer front styles, from modern to traditional, as well as a wide range of colors and stains, too. The sky’s the limit in terms of selections, so you can bring your vision to life.
Another benefit of cabinet refacing aside from cost is that you don’t have to deal with the demolition process. Demolition is not only messy and disruptive, but can potentially cause damage to walls and other areas in your kitchen. With cabinet refacing, you can avoid it completely, so you don’t have to worry about patching drywall or repainting areas.
When it comes to the environment, cabinet refacing is also the better choice. When you replace your cabinets completely, the discarded materials end up in a landfill. With refacing, you’re only removing the drawer fronts and doors. As a result, there’s significantly less waste and fewer fossil fuels used in the manufacture and transportation of the new products.
At N-Hance®, we want to do all we can to save the environment. So in addition to helping homeowners choose an environmentally-friendly alternative to replacing cabinets, we also contribute to the American Forests. Through our partnership, we donate one tree for every kitchen or floor we refinish. Over time, we’ve planted nearly 18,000 trees!
Finally, cabinet refacing takes less time to complete when compared to replacing. In just a few days, you can have a kitchen that looks completely different. There’s less disruption to your life, less mess, and fewer inconveniences, as a result. A cabinet replacement, on the other hand, is a labor-intensive project that could take weeks to complete.
When Cabinet Replacing Isn’t an Option
While cabinet replacing will cost less, there are certain situations when it doesn’t make sense. If, for instance, the layout of your kitchen is cramped or awkward, a renovation could improve the space. A complete renovation will give you an opportunity to completely revamp the flow of your kitchen, enhancing its functionality in the process.
In addition, if your cabinets are severely damaged or the boxes are not structurally sound because floors have settled and left them off kilter, refacing would be a waste. In such cases, it’s best to tear them out and start from scratch, so you get cabinets that not only look beautiful, but also last for years to come.
Call N-Hance for a Free Cabinet Refacing Cost Estimate
If you’re not sure which direction to go in, give N-Hance a call. We can work with you to learn about the look and style you’re interested in, as well as find out more about the specifications of your existing cabinets.
We’ll then provide a free cost estimate for cabinet refacing and timeframe, so you know precisely what to expect and when. You’ll be able to make an informed choice moving ahead, one you feel confident in.
If you’d like to learn more about our cabinet refacing costs, call your local N-Hance at (855) 642-6230 today to set up a FREE design consultation.