Cabinet Refinishing Pros And Cons

As a homeowner, you may want to have the cabinets in your home redone. Redone cabinets give your home that new look that you’ve been wanting to do. And it can all be done at a low cost. As a lower cost home remodeling job, you may want to find the right contractor for your job. Cabinet refinishing isn’t something that normal people can just pull off quickly. Companies like 1st Choice Pros offer cabinet refinishing at a low cost to the average homeowner. So today, we will dive deep into the pros and cons of cabinet refinishing.

Getting Into The Pros And Cons

There are many benefits to having your kitchen, bathroom or office cabinets refinished. There are a few things that are not so good. My views on the pros and cons of refinishing cabinets in this way come from thirty years of custom kitchen fabrication and home renovations.

One of the things that I have noticed is that contractors, Realtors, and people looking to make a few dollars from buying and selling houses, often will get estimates on resurfacing cabinets.

Covering the old laminate and installing new doors is a reasonably priced, quick fix way of remodeling an ugly kitchen or bathroom in comparison to installing new cabinetry.

One of the BIG PROS of resurfacing is that a contract can be signed today and the cabinets are completed within four days. That is if there are not special order doors involved and the plastic laminate is available for next day delivery.

Some Old Cupboards Still Have Wrinkles

Even though your kitchen may get a face-lift on the outside, many things will still “mark” the cabinetry as being old. Things like water damaged areas around the sink, drawers that just don’t move smoothly and dated materials used on the interiors of cabinets years ago will be noticeable.

Even though the outside will look like brand new-the inside of the cabinets almost always show signs that they are older cupboards.

How Good Will the New Surface Adhere?

If your existing Formica laminate adheres really well, then the chances of the new plastic staying secured to the old are good. If you have several areas that are coming loose, then you will have problems down the road.

Sure the installer can glue the loose areas down before gluing the new covering on top, but this is not going to stop the process of the old mica letting loose over the course of time. This is one of the greatest cons of refinishing plastic laminate cupboards.

The Design Limitations

What you get is what you see. There is not much that can be changed with an existing set of cupboards that are getting resurfaced. Sure, you can add a few drawers, maybe cut something down to make a new appliance fit and install a new cabinet or two, but the basic layout of the kitchen stays the same.

Money Savings Comparisons

Several things make cabinet resurfacing appealing to the homeowner seeking to remodel on a budget. For the most part, several thousand dollars can be saved.

It is less expensive to resurface cabinets for several reasons:

Fewer materials are needed

Appliances do not need to be removed and re-installed
Electricians and plumbers may not be necessary
The amount of labor needed is a lot less when compared to fabricating a new set of cupboards

In my experience, it seems like the pros and cons people get hung up on are the price savings and the design change limitations. They want to switch their cabinet layout a little but do not want to spend a lot of money for new cabinets. As previously mentioned, resurfacing does not allow for a lot of layout design changes.

So, people tend to find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. Very often, what happens in these situations is that the customer, rather than choosing to replace or reface, decides to wait until they can afford to get everything new.