Cabinet Refacing Vs. Replacing
by Sue Booth
According to market research, a remodeled kitchen yields one of the highest returns on investment (ROI) at resale, second only to a room addition. Kitchen remodeling typically yields about a 90 percent return on investment. Cabinet refacing as opposed to cabinet replacing is one of the best ways to increase your ROI.
What is Refacing?
Cabinet refacing can range from adding veneers to your existing cabinet doors to completely replacing your cabinet doors with new materials. Either way, you can still get the same dramatic effects as if you bought new cabinets. Kitchen cabinet refacing is a long-term solution to your outdated cabinets.
The Benefits of Cabinet Refacing
- The average kitchen has approximately 15 cabinets and new kitchen cabinets can average about $500 a piece. By refacing your cabinets as opposed to replacing, you can save anywhere from 33 percent to 60 percent on your remodeling budget. Refacing your cabinets can cost you about $150 to $250 per opening, which is much less than buying all new cabinets.
- You save time with refacing because your existing cabinets are already installed and operational.
- Your kitchen is out of commission for a shorter period of time. Kitchen cabinet refacing takes about half the time it takes to install new cabinets. A major cabinet overhaul can leave your kitchen unusable for weeks.
- Your current cabinets may be sturdier and of better quality than new cabinets.
- By refacing your cabinets, you can acquire a clean, natural look to your kitchen that can last for years without the unpleasant seams of new cabinets.
The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to remodel in the home, and the cost of new cabinets can eat up more than half of renovation costs. Kitchen cabinet refacing is a long-term solution to your outdated cabinets that can yield over a 90 percent return of investment on your home. You have a variety of cabinet styles to choose from for only a third of the cost.
Bob Vila, Refacing Kitchen Cabinets
HubPages, How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel, by C.M. Vanderlinden
Demense, Cabinet Refacing
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