What is Cabinet Refacing?

What is Cabinet Refacing?

Don’t Need a Full Kitchen Cabinet Replacement? Consider Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Sometimes your kitchen just needs a little touch-up. It has all the bones that you like, the right appliances, the right amount of storage space. The problem is that it just looks a little faded, or maybe your tastes have changed, and you find you no longer like the design of your kitchen. Often, kitchen remodels don’t require a complete gut job. A simple cabinet refacing could be just what you need. But this can be an unfamiliar term to many homeowners. What is cabinet refacing? And how much of a difference does it really make in your home?

What Is Cabinet Refacing?

Kitchen cabinet refacing, or cabinet refacing, is a remodeling project that involves removing the old cabinet doors and other surfaces. This is a popular alternative to kitchen cabinet replacement, which would involve taking out the cabinets and drawers completely and replacing them with new cabinets and drawers. It can help give your kitchen a fresh new look or a different feel without any major renovations.

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It’s not just cabinet doors, however. The sides of the cabinets are also often skinned, sanded down, and refinished, in order to better suit the look you want for your kitchen cabinets. After all, the sides of your cabinets can become as scuffed or worn down as the rest.

You might need cabinet refacing if your cabinet doors were scratched and damaged, or if you have glass cabinet doors that have broken. Cabinet doors that have become faded or dented can call for cabinet refacing, and drawer surfaces that have become difficult to open or have lost handles might require cabinet refacing.

There doesn’t even have to be anything wrong with the cabinet surfaces. In some cases, it’s simply a matter of taste. Maybe you moved into a home with kitchen cabinet doors you despised, or maybe you once liked the look of your cabinet doors, but your tastes have since changed. Maybe you’re looking for something more accessible or more child-friendly.

While some homeowners might default to full cabinet replacements, they’re not always necessary. Often a cabinet refacing will fix the cosmetic issues that you have with your kitchen…for much less cost and with much less time spent on the project. That means you can get back to enjoying your kitchen — and your new kitchen cabinet surfaces — sooner.

Cabinet refacing Cost

Kitchen cabinet refacing is more affordable than a full kitchen remodel or a kitchen cabinet replacement by far. However, the cost can vary, anywhere from $4,000 to $9,000, including the materials and the labor. That’s still far cheaper than a cabinet replacement, which can cost as much as $40,000.

While DIY cabinet refacing projects are an option and many homeowners expect them to be cheaper, they may cost more if the products are damaged during installation and need to be replaced. A professional kitchen remodeler will be able to replace any products or fix any property damage at no further cost to you, as well as offering the expertise to ensure the job is done right — at no stress to you.

Pros and Cons of Cabinet refacing

Cabinet refacing comes with a wide range of benefits. For one thing, it is a more affordable remodeling option than a full kitchen gut job or even a kitchen cabinet replacement. It takes less time than both of these projects, so your daily life will be less disrupted. But for all of that, the effects are impactful. Your kitchen cabinets will look brand new with their fresh, clean surfaces, while still retaining all the things you loved about them before. If you love the storage space of your kitchen and just wish that it looked a little newer, a cabinet refacing project is the best way to go.

However, cabinet refacing is not always the best option for every homeowner. In some cases, if your cabinets themselves are damaged, you may need a full cabinet replacement. If you need more storage — or you need to move the position of your cabinets, you’ll still need to do so, regardless of the surfaces. It’s best to consult your remodeling pro to determine whether you need cabinet refacing or something else.

Are you interested in cabinet refacing for your home? Krumwiede Home Pros can help. We can reface and restyle your cabinets for your Chicagoland home. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free estimate.

Kitchen Cabinet Re-Facing Is Very Cost Effective

Do You Suspect That Most Home Remodeling Warranties Are B.S.?

You’re Right.

Expect To Dance The ‘Warranty Waltz’ With Most Contractors And Manufacturers

Not many home remodeling contractors will talk about it, but the truth is most warranties have WAY too many loopholes, exclusions, and fine print.

Homeowners are often skeptical about home improvement warranties and think a lot of them are B.S. – because so many are.


The 4 Most Common Excuses For Not Honoring A Home Improvement Warranty

There are some surprisingly common “reasons” for denying warranty claims. Here are the 4 homeowners hear the most:


Warranty Excuse #1: Workmanship Is Not Covered 

Often times when you start having a problem with a home improvement product (like windows, roofing, siding, etc.), the manufacturer will tell you the problem is not with the product, it’s with the installation.

And since most manufacturer warranties do NOT cover workmanship, you’ll be told you’re out of luck. 

Even worse, the manufacturer will sometimes go so far as to tell you that improper installation voids the warranty altogether. 


Warranty Excuse #2: Declining Coverage

Many times homeowners are told they have “lifetime” warranty coverage, but when you read the fine print you find out that the true amount of the coverage actually declines significantly over time.

So while technically it may be a “lifetime” warranty, the truth is that in most cases you’ll actually only get reimbursed for a small percentage of the cost of the claim. These pro-rated warranties can leave you with a big bill if something needs repaired or replaced.


Warranty Excuse #3: Too Many Loopholes

Another issue with these warranties is how much fine print they have. Because of the legalistic language, a manufacturer basically can usually find a reason to deny a claim if they want to – and they often do. 


Warranty Excuse #4 The ‘Warranty Waltz’ (Also Known A Finger-Pointing)

Here is probably the most common experience of them all. Let’s say you have a problem with something installed by a local contractor here in the Chicagoland suburbs. Your first call is likely going to be to the contractor that installed it. Then, after you explain the issue, most of the time the contractor tells you to call the manufacturer.

So then you call the manufacturer. You fight through a phone tree to finally talk to a person, and most of the time they will blame the installation and tell you to call the contractor.

So begins the ‘Warranty Waltz’ – where everyone dances you around, but no one actually seems to want to take responsibility. You’ll ping-pong back and forth and the sad truth is that most of the time the homeowners give up out of frustration.


Krumwiede Home Pros Is Different

Our approach is the opposite: we WANT you to call US if there’s an issue with any product we’ve installed on your home. We’ll come out and inspect the problem.

If it has ANYTHING to do with our workmanship, we just take care of it. We guarantee all our workmanship for as long as you’re in your home.

If it’s a product defect, we’ll work with the manufacturer to resolve the issue – you won’t be passed around in the ‘Warranty Waltz’ with us. In other words, we take care of it without finger-pointing.

And our reputation demonstrates that you can trust what we say: we’ve been in business for 68+ years, have an A+ rating with the BBB, and have lots of great online reviews.


We Benefit, Too

You might ask – why would we do this? Does it really make any business sense for us to offer such a strong lifetime guarantee?

Well, even if it didn’t, we still believe in being honest (we like to sleep well at night!).

But the truth is it’s also good business. We have a lot of different products and services, and we want to earn more of your business with the other products we offer. We know if we stand behind everything we do, you’re more likely to call us again for a new project in the future.

In short, when you do the right thing, everyone wins.


Do We Sound Like Your Kind Of Company?

If you like the idea of doing business with a home remodeling company that stands behind everything we do for as long as you’re in your home, then reach out to us for a quote. Krumwiede Home Pros gives free quotes on windows, kitchen cabinet re-facing, roofing, siding, doors, and gutters in the Chicagoland suburbs.



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