Cabinet refacing can be an affordable way to update your kitchen cabinets without remodeling. When choosing a company for the refacing work, it’s important to avoid those that use veneers, here’s why:

What are Veneers?

To clarify, veneers are thin sheets made of either wood or melamine (also known as thermofoil plastic) that are attached to particle boards and applied to your cabinets.

The Problem with Veneers

Veneers used for cabinet refacing have a major drawback when it comes to durability. Due to their slim nature as a cover laid on top of the cabinets, they are easily susceptible to damage and chipping, particularly at the edges and corners. Refacing your cabinets can give your kitchen a more attractive look and prevent it from looking unpleasant. N-Hance of Sioux Falls® uses new, hardwood doors and drawer faces for the refacing process, which provides durability essential for kitchens. This technique can also withstand heavy kitchen usage while ensuring a high-quality finish.

Using veneers for cabinet refacing can pose problems such as susceptibility to chipping and water damage. Veneers are thin coverings that are attached to the surface of the cabinets, making it easy for moisture to get between the veneer and the cabinet, resulting in warping and bubbles. These concerns are challenging to repair and can negatively affect the look and longevity of your cabinets.

Furthermore, veneers tend to crack when subjected to varying elements and temperatures, such as hot water or grease, which can cause them to expand at a different rate than the wood beneath them.

The particle board used in cabinets may not show visible damage on the surface but can still easily get damaged underneath. This is because it is made from cheap leftover materials like wood shavings, and is porous and prone to problems like ripples, cracks, and sagging. Even if your cabinet veneers are mounted onto plywood, they can still be easily damaged by moisture. Although plywood may last longer than particle board, hardwood is the most durable and can last for decades.

Tempted by the Cost of Veneers?

I understand that you may be considering veneers for your cabinets, however, it is important to keep in mind that they may not hold up well over time, especially if you have a busy family and a kitchen with a lot of foot traffic. Even though they may seem inexpensive initially, they could end up looking worse than your original cabinets.

If you choose N-Hance of Sioux Falls, a cabinet refacing company that recreates your cabinets doors, and drawer fronts from scratch using hardwood, you can expect a better quality product. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” and this holds true for cabinet refacing. Plus, you can still save significantly when compared to a full replacement.

Ready for a Better Choice?

At N-Hance of Sioux Falls, we can reface your kitchen cabinets using solid hardwood. There are many different styles, colors, and finishing techniques to choose from. To make sure your cabinets stay durable and won’t crack or peel, we use our Lightspeed® system to cure the coating. This makes the surface of your cabinets very hard, even when they’re heavily used.

N-Hance of Sioux Falls offers a variety of custom accessories and hardware, including soft-close drawer glides, knobs, pulls, glass cabinets, crown molding, wine racks, shelves, and dovetail drawer boxes. Our team of refacing experts can help transform your cabinets to look brand new and completely different.

Looking for a cost-effective way to upgrade your cabinets without doing a full remodel? N-Hance of Sioux Falls specializes in cabinet refacing and can provide a high-quality look at a fraction of the cost. Contact them at (605) 906-5565 to schedule a FREE consultation.