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Kitchen Cabinets: Reface or Replace

When considering renovating your kitchen, the common debate usually consists of deciding if you should completely replace your kitchen cabinets with new, or should you consider the option to have your kitchen cabinets refaced. Start by consulting with Central Construction Group in order to flawlessly scope out your project along with your visions for what you want the finished product to resemble.


So reface or replace? Some homeowners gravitate toward the refacing component due to the financial benefits, but there also many benefits if you decide to replace your kitchen cabinets. We’ve listed some of the most apparent pros and cons of both options to help you make up your mind when considering if you should reface or replace.


How long does it take to reface or replace your kitchen cabinets?

Both operations require considerable time to be completed thoroughly and professionally. However, refacing your kitchen cabinets requires significantly less time than having to replace your kitchen cabinets from the ground up. The refacing process demands that new cabinet doors and drawer fronts are installed, as well as covering the face frames of the cabinets using wood or plastic veneers. The refacing process can take anywhere from a week or more depending on the size of your kitchen area. Replacing your kitchen cabinets is much more demanding and can soak up a lot time for strategizing the renovation process and ordering the contents that are needed to complete the project and items have to be moved in order to free up workspace for the contractor.


What are your design options if you choose to reface or replace your kitchen cabinets?

Choosing to replace your kitchen cabinets does carry a huge benefit when it comes to selecting design options. Because you are practically restructuring your cabinet framing from scratch, your design options are immediate expanded, allowing you to choose from a wide variety of design styles, materials, colors, and sizes. Some kitchen remodeling services even provide custom cabinetry choices which lets you design your kitchen cabinets to fit your exact vision. Refacing your kitchen cabinets however, limits your options by tenfold. Typically you are granted three options for your design finish: rigid thermofoils (RTF), wood veneer, or plastic laminates. So if you have a design in mind that you’d like to realize, the better option would be to replace your kitchen cabinets with the consultation of a professional.


The Costs of choosing to reface or replace your kitchen cabinets-

There is a large contract in project costs between choosing to reface or replace your kitchen cabinets. For the financially limited homeowners who want a professionally renovated kitchen without the heart-pounding itemized list, refacing the kitchen cabinets seems to the more inviting options. For homeowners who are considering a complete remodeling or home buyers who dislike their kitchens current design and are seeking the flexibility of custom cabinetry, the best route is to consider having all cabinets replaced.


Whether you steer towards refacing your home’s kitchen or you choose to replace your kitchen cabinets, the choice is utterly up to you. Homeowners who choose to reface their cabinets are usually displeased with the current state of their cabinetry and wish to spruce up the exterior finish, but usually they are relatively content with the layout for their kitchen cabinet and see no need to have them replaced. Homeowners who consider replacing the entirety of their kitchen cabinets are usually faced with the daily struggle of having to deal with a kitchen that does not fit their style preference, taste, or accommodates their personal everyday needs. Therefore, starting from scratch is typically the best option for those particular homeowners.

If you are planning to replace your kitchen cabinets and have questions and concerns, contact Central Construction Group, Inc. at  (317) 213 – 6246.

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