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How to Tell if your Kitchen Cabinets Need Replacement or Refacing.


Are you thinking about giving your kitchen a brand-new look without breaking the bank? Often times the most confusing thing for homeowners during kitchen renovation planning is choosing between replacing and refacing the kitchen cabinets. 

Replacing means that you remove the old cabinetry and install brand new cabinets, which is a good idea if budget is not an issue. Refacing means to just refinish the existing cabinets to give them a new look such as changing the paint, replacing knobs and handles, or improving the doors. 

If you are one of the many people facing the confusion of whether to reface or replace your kitchen cabinets, Kay2 Contracting is here to help! We’ve listed some signs that you should replace your kitchen cabinets and some signs that mean your cabinets may only need refacing. 

Replace Cabinets if Damage is Excessive:

If your kitchen cabinets are severely damaged and you think that a mere facelift cannot do any favors to enhancing their life and look, then it’s probably time to replace them. The issue with kitchen cabinets is that if there is too much wear and tear or the cabinets are very old, it will be difficult to improve their look through refacing as the problems will keep coming back to haunt you. Your cabinets may have reached the point when renovation is not a good idea and replacing is a more practical option. 

Replace Cabinets if there’s a Persistent Odor:

You may not be aware of the fact that there are hollow spaces under and behind the cabinets, which can serve as the breeding grounds for mold and pests. Sometimes, it is also possible that liquids and particles of food make it in to these places. Since you often cannot clean these areas, they can be contaminated. For whatever the reason, presence of mold or bacteria will create a distinct odor that will keep intensifying with the passage of time. If you smell a musky lingering odor within your cabinet spaces that does not improve with cleaning, consider replacement.

Reface Cabinets if the Doors Aren’t Functional Anymore:

If you feel that cabinet doors always get stuck, knock into the hinges or hang while you try to open them, immediately plan for refacing. These are signs that your cabinets aren’t functional anymore and something should be done to prevent further damage.

Reface Cabinets if Design is Outdated:

Do you feel that your kitchen cabinets’ design reminds you of the 1980s era; despite modern appliances and brand-new countertops? This is a sign that refacing is a good option. It’s beneficial to upgrade the look and design of your kitchen cabinets after every few years to meet the changing trends, and refacing cabinets is the best solution to give them a modern look under a smaller budget.

Despite the many cost-effective options for a quick facelift of your cabinets, there are times when replacement is more cost and time-efficient; especially in the long run. Contact the experts at Kay2 Contracting if you are indecisive on either replacing or refacing the cabinets. Whether you reside in Calgary, Canmore, Banff or Edmonton and surrounding areas, our experienced team of home renovators can inspect your kitchen and cabinets for a variety of aspects to determine which option is the best for you. Call today for your free consultation!

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