Cabinet refacing is a popular remodeling option that’s suitable for bathroom cabinets, kitchen cabinets, and any other cabinets in your home. If you’ve been dreaming of a brand-new look and style in your home, cabinet refacing can be a great option to consider. After all, it can provide the same effect as having new cabinets installed at the fraction of the price of custom cabinetry. But all of this may have you wondering how long you can expect your cabinet refacing to last. After all, you want to make sure you’re not just saving money during the upfront cost of the renovation work but also making a sound long-term investment in your home.
At Reborn Cabinets, we’ve been offering cabinet refacing services since 1983, and we have extensive experience providing both cabinet refacing and custom cabinetry solutions for homeowners across California and Nevada. When it comes to how long you can expect your cabinet refacing to last, the short answer is: it depends. Not all cabinet refacing services provide the same quality of materials or level of craftsmanship, and those factors alone can greatly impact the longevity of the cabinet refacing services you receive. Some cabinet refacing projects can last for decades to come, while others may be looking worse for wear after only a few years.
Factor #1: Consider the Material Used
When searching for a cabinet refacing company, the material they use to complete the remodeling work matters. Many companies use thermofoil or laminate, both of which are thin plastic materials. They’re highly popular because they’re relatively cheap materials, but they also won’t last as long on your cabinets. A step up from these plastic sheets is medium-density fiberboard that’s covered in laminate. This fiberboard adds a little more durability to the product but still relies on a laminate layer to provide the aesthetic you desire.
The best option for the cabinet refacing project is real hardwood. Hardwood is naturally durable and gives you the actual beauty of woodgrain rather than simply mimicking the appearance. A hardwood veneer is the most durable option, but will naturally cost more than a plastic laminate.
Factor #2: Think About the Thickness of the Veneer
That brings us to the next consideration that impacts the longevity of your cabinet refacing project: the thickness of the veneer. As you can imagine, a plastic sheet of laminate on top of the fiberboard is extremely thin. It’s simply not going to hold up well to the wear and tear involved in actually opening, closing, and using your cabinets over the years. Even companies that offer wood veneers typically offer the thinnest layer of wood, which may be a little better than laminate, but not by much. Your best option is a thicker hardwood veneer that’s built to hold up to wear and tear better. Cabinet refacing shouldn’t just be about the immediate new look it provides, but also its ability to provide that gorgeous look for years to come.
Factor #3: Learn About the Quality of the Workmanship
The care and attention given to the cabinet refacing project is another factor that will impact the lifespan of your cabinet refacing project. Shoddy workmanship can leave you with cabinet veneers that start peeling or fading just days after the project is complete. Meanwhile, a cabinet refacing company that’s committed to attending to the small details can create the look of a gorgeous new set of cabinets that will stand the test of time in your home.
Discover the Reborn Difference
At Reborn Cabinets, we’re committed to providing the highest level of craftsmanship throughout every cabinet refacing project we complete. You can expect our highly skilled craftsmen to ensure every detail of your cabinet refacing project is handled with care. Plus, we use a full ¼ inch solid hardwood veneer for our cabinet refacing services and provide you with completely new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. To learn more about the quality of the craftsmanship and materials we provide in our cabinet refacing services, contact us today.