Q: Can you paint or refinish my existing doors?
A: No, we do not offer this service as it is very difficult to remove the old finish. If this is not done properly the new finish will not be acceptable and will peel. If it is done properly the cost would be higher than new doors.
Q: Is kitchen refacing cheaper than new kitchen cabinets?
A: Yes. You can save 50-70% over the cost of replacing your existing cabinets. There is also no need to replace your countertops, backsplashes, plumbing or flooring. All of which would need to be done if going with new cabinets. Kitchen refacing costs range from $2000 to $4500 for most kitchens.
Q: My cabinets are really old and ugly. Can you still reface them?
A: Yes(and no!). When it comes right down to it we can reface anything. At some point though, it starts to make less sense if the cabinets are not in good shape. If your goal is to spruce up the kitchen for resale, we can do amazing things with bad cabinets. When we do your free estimate we can go over the best options for your kitchen.
Q: Can I make changes to the layout of my kitchen?
A: Yes. We are able to build new cabinets to suit whatever you wish to have in your kitchen. Some of the popular options we provide are:
New cabinet over the stove to allow Over the Range Microwave ovens.
New cabinet over fridge to allow taller fridges.
Replace some or all of the upper cabinets. This is an easy way to get new cabinets where they do the most good. The ones you use the most and are at eye level. These cabinets can be replaced without changing countertops or backspashes.
We can also install options like Lazy Susans, Pantry Pullouts or Recycling Centers.
Q: Should I choose Solid Wood doors or Thermofoil?
A: For refacing we recommend Thermofoil. Here’s why
Pros: Natural wood has a unique character as each tree grows in different environments. It also currently enjoys a perceived higher value/quality, though this is changing.
Cons: It is expensive. It consumes hard to replace hardwood trees. These trees can take more than two hundred years to replace. Solid wood darkens with age making it impossible to replace one door if you damage it. The replaced door will be a different colour than the aged doors around it. Being a natural product there will be “defects” in the doors that need to be considered. If these natural features of the wood are unacceptable, you will need to specify “Clear” wood be used which dramatically raises the price. The crevices between parts of the wood door collect grease and dust making it difficult to keep clean. A quality wood door will last 5 to 10 years in a kitchen environment- more if it is well maintained – less if not. Even if maintained well, styles and taste change over the years and the kitchens owner will want to change. In the 80’s and 90′ Almost every kitchen was “Golden Oak”. Now nobody wants it. “Solid Wood” or not.
As a side note: Be aware that when buying “Solid Wood” doors today, they are often just a wood veneer over MDF(Medium Density Fiberboard)door.
Pros: Economical. $15-$25 per square foot less than solid wood. Easy to maintain – Soap and water for cleanup. No cracks or crevices to attract grease and dust. Colours won’t fade making it easy to replace a door if it gets damaged. Wide selection of colours and grains and styles. Many of them look so much like solid wood that people think they are. No old growth trees need to be cut down. When refacing it is easy to change the colour of the cabinets to match the new doors. And since you didn’t mortgage the house to pay for them, you can reface the kitchen again at a later date when tastes or styles change!
Cons: Excessive heat or steam can damage the doors. Here is why – The door style is CNC machined into a high quality MDF Panel. The doors are then sprayed with a heat activated glue. Thermofoil in the colour that the customer has chosen is then heated and placed over the door. A vacuum is created under the thermofoil which then forms around the doors profiles. The heat of the thermofoil activates the glue and bonds the thermofoil to the door. As the glue is heat activated – excess heat can also cause it to release allowing the thermofoil to lift. The temperature of concern is around 180 degrees, which is pretty hot so not too much of a concern. However water boils at 212 degrees and this is hot enough to cause damage.
If a few precautions are taken you will not have any problems with these doors.
– Pull heat producing appliances – Toasters – Kettles out from under the cabinets when using them. If using the self clean function on your oven – open the doors/drawers next to the oven in case the excess heat in the oven leaks past the seals on the oven door.