Problems With Cabinet Refacing


Cabinet refacing can provide a less expensive alternative to full cabinet remodeling. Fast and easy, cabinet refacing gives the new look of a remodeling job without building and installing an entire set of cabinets. While refacing gives old cabinets new life, there are a few problems associated with the process that you should be aware of before proceeding to reface.

Refacing Issues

  • The main concern when it comes to refacing is deciding whether the existing cabinets are worth using. During the refacing process, the existing doors, drawer fronts, hinges and trim are removed, and the remaining cabinet shell is covered with a veneer. The fronts of the cabinets and drawers, and the supporting parts such as hinges and trim, are replaced with new material.

    Refacing doesn't help with a cabinet layout with which you're dissatisfied. After refacing, the bad layout still is there. If your house has settled, resulting in a misalignment of the cabinets, refacing does not realign the cabinets, as the shell remains the same. Some cabinet shells that have lost structural integrity, are rusted, warped or deteriorated might support a layer of veneer--but the refacing only disguises the damage.

    To deal with functional issues associated with your cabinets, such as damaged cabinets, badly placed cabinets, or a general distaste with the structure of your cabinets, extensive work must be done on the cabinets prior to refacing. This work may bring the cost of the refacing up to that of replacing the cabinets entirely, losing the primary advantage of the refacing process

Refacing Mistakes

  • When refacing your cabinets, check your contractor's prior work and reputation. Common mistakes made during the refacing process include badly installed doors that do not open or close properly, misaligned doors that appear crooked or leave gaps in the cabinet shell, and damage to the structural integrity of the cabinets, lowering cabinet lifespan.

Overall Look

  • Any refacing should take into account factors not directly related to the cabinets. Consider the overall look of your room. Refacing the cabinets may affect the appearance of things such as carpeting, appliances and wall color. Refacing the cabinets may lead to other aspects of your room needing to be changed to go along with the new look.

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