The main reason we stray prospective clients away from refacing is the fact that you are just putting something brand new onto something that is old. Think about it. Would you want to put a brand new door onto your old car? I would not want to do that, I mean it seems like a waste to me to spend all that money on a new door just to have it fall off a few years down the road because the car itself can not support or hold the new door. It is the exact same idea when it comes to cabinets. If you reface the cabinets, you are replacing the door with a new door onto an old drawer box. In some cases, that drawer box may be over ten years old, and may not stand the weight of your fancy new drawer. And a few years down the road you may find yourself replacing that cabinetry all over again, and that cost really adds up.
Another reason that refacing may not be the best alternative is the cost. People tend to think refacing is loads cheaper than actually replacing the whole cabinet, but the price difference really is not that drastic. Refacing the cabinets can cost you around $9,000 depending on the size of the kitchen and how many cabinets you have. When it comes to replacing all of the cabinetry it is going to cost you anywhere between $10,000 to $16,000 depending on the size of the kitchen and how many cabinets you are replacing. The price difference is not very different, and if you replace all of the cabinetry it is going to last you over ten years; whereas if you reface that may only last you three or four years.
We definitely recommend to replace not reface! If you have any questions about your upcoming remodel just let me know in the comments and I'd be happy to help.
Till next time,