Cabinets are the indispensable element of any modern kitchen. They’re not only essential for food, dishware, cutlery and other storage but in most kitchens they’re the single largest visual element. Because of this your entire kitchen will suffer aesthetically once the face of your cabinets start to show their age. Restoring the look and vitality of your kitchen then will come down to a choice: to repair/reface the cabinets or simply replace them. In this post we’ll make a case for the latter.
Kitchen Cabinets Scarborough: The Case to Replace
Once kitchen cabinets become a bit long in the tooth it’s time to decide whether to repair them – typically by refacing them – or to simply rip them out and replace them. There are 3 main advantages to repairing your kitchen cabinets in Scarborough:
- Shorter downtime for your kitchen – Refacing your cabinets is quicker than having new ones designed and fabricated, having the old ones removed and then installing the new ones. You’ll likely be able to use your kitchen without much disruption throughout the process.
- A wide range of available styles and finishes – You have an incredible array of options when it comes to new faces you can apply to the old cabinets. You won’t have to worry about finding the look that’s right for you.
- Environmentally responsible – Refacing your cabinets creates less debris which makes it a more sustainable, environmentally friendly choice than total cabinet replacement. You won’t be contributing to already overflowing landfills.
Those are all pretty good reasons to consider repairing/refacing your old kitchen cabinets in Scarborough. Now let’s take a look at the advantages of replacing the old cabinets outright.
- A fresh start – If you’re serious about giving your kitchen a makeover you’ll also want to address shortcomings in the size, number and distribution of your old cabinets at the same time you address their exterior appearance. To do that there’s no substitute for new cabinets.
- Long term durability – In most cases cabinets that are being replaced are already 20-30 years old or more. They’ve not only become unattractive but inside they’ve absorbed a lifetime of dirt and grime and their joins have been loosened by decades of expanding and contracting. It won’t be long after you reface them that you’ll need to think about replacing them anyway.
- ROI – New kitchen cabinets are considered a mid-level kitchen renovation project and as such you can expect an ROI in the neighbourhood of 70-75%. That’s a pretty nice neighbourhood. By contrast simply refacing the cabinets will typically return something like 50-55% of what you spent; and they’ll need to be replaced sooner rather than later anyway.
There are good arguments to be made on both sides of the issue but if you’re interested in long term usefulness, return on investment, a serious upgrade in functionality and the sparkling new face you’d get from refacing then replacement kitchen cabinets in Scarborough is the way to go. Talk to the pros and Bertone Woodworking to find out more about how new kitchen cabinets can benefit your home.