Refacing your kitchen cabinets with new Laminex doors is a great way to make your kitchen look fantastic without the significant investment of a brand new kitchen. However, there are some circumstances where it is not a good idea to reface your cabinets, and you’ll need to replace them. So, here we’ll explore how you can tell if you should buy new laminated doors or completely replace your kitchen cabinets.
You Have Cheap Cabinets
If you had a very restricted budget when you renovated your kitchen or you’ve moved into a new home with low grade cabinets, then you won’t be able to get away with just buying new Laminex doors. In this scenario, the entire cabinet is likely to be made with cheap materials such as particle board. This means that if you try to install new hinges for your new cabinet doors, you’ll end up with crumbling holes that compromise the structure of your cabinet.
Your Cabinets are Beyond Repair
As we touched on above, your cabinets need to be in decent condition to support new doors. So, if you have cabinet frames that are water damaged, rotted or mould damaged, you’ll need to consider replacement. Even issues such as puppy chewed cabinets or swelling will mean that your cabinet structure will not support new doors as they are beyond repair.
You Want to Completely Change Your Kitchen Layout
Cabinet refacing is designed to allow you to update your kitchen while retaining the same configuration. So, if you want to change your layout or move your kitchen to a different room, you’ll need to have a new cabinet design. You can only reface cabinets with new doors if they will be remaining in place. However, it may be possible to compromise if you only want a partial layout change. For example, you can reface the cabinets that are staying put and design new ones for a kitchen island. You can match the doors, and The Kitchen Door Company would be delighted to supply the new cabinets needed for the project.
You Have Metal Cabinetry
Metal cabinets and frames had a spell of being popular, but while these are durable, they do make it difficult to work with, particularly for cabinet refacing. In this scenario, you’re likely to need new cabinets, but there are some fantastic Laminex finishes that provide a metal look with the versatility of laminated doors.
There’s a Funky Smell
Whether you broke a jar of garlicky pasta sauce inside your cabinet or there is a musty smell you can’t seem to identify, that funky smell will not be eliminated by new doors. So, while your kitchen may look fresh and new, that funky smell will remain compromising the aesthetics of your kitchen. So, although things happen in a busy kitchen, don’t try to cut corners if you want to have a fresh, new look.
If you’re considering new melamine doors, you should speak to us. We offer a vast choice of laminated doors including Laminex doors in a rainbow of colours and styles. You’ll also find our team ready to answer any of your queries or questions.