Frequently Asked Questions About Refacing
Q: Do you reface Euro Style Frameless Cabinets?
A: A frameless cabinet in not as strong as Face Framed Cabinets. They are typically made from Particle Board or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). Over time they have a tendency to Rack. “Racking” is when cabinets look tilted or warped. Dimensional changes occur mainly when the environmental temperatures and humidity are not controlled within an acceptable range. It is the nature of these woods to expand and contract with those changes. This makes them more difficult to reface, hang doors and install drawer boxes. However, we have completed many Euro kitchens in the past with success. Be aware that new drawer boxes sometimes will not set straight.
Q: How long will a typical reface job take?
A: Average sized kitchens are done in 3 to 5 days. If there are a lot of modifications the job may go to the 6th day. This does not happen too often.
Q: Do you come to our home to give us ideas?
A: Yes, we offer free in-home design consultations. I will bring sample doors for you to inspect. It is important to collect pictures from magazines so we can have a rough idea of your style and favorite colors. Together we will design your new kitchen, finalize your choices and prepare a written proposal and a firm price.
Q: Do you offer financing?
A: 100% financing is offered through AMS Financial. They partner with over 25,000 home improvement contractors in all 50 states. Finance one or more projects. The funds are deposited directly into your account. They offer low rates and a fast paperless process.
Program Highlights: There are over fifty 0% cards and loans for all credit grades to choose from. Unsecured loans up to $100,000. No equity required. 30 second instant approvals in most cases.
Q: Do I have to replace my drawer boxes?
A: We can reuse the boxes if they are functional and have four sides. Sometimes the drawer front serves as the forth side. We need something to attach the new drawer front to, so in this case we would have to replace them. We offer four different types of drawer boxes and pull out trays.
Q: Will you come to my home to do repairs or just replace a couple of damaged doors?
A: Sorry. This is not a service we offer.
Q: Do I have to remove everything from my cupboards for the reface installation?
A: Yes. We will also need a staging area cleared for material and tools.
Q: Will refacing mess up my countertop, flooring, tile, wallpaper, etc?
A: No. That is the beauty of refacing. We can work around all of those things.
Q: Will the material peel off?
A: No. Once this material is glued on it’s there to stay. You literally have to chisel it off.
Q: As an end product, do refaced cabinets actually look brand new?
A: By using a high-quality product and master installers, yes, they will look brand new. We use 1/4” panels on all of the sides and a furniture grade wood veneer for the face frames. Once the cabinet boxes have a new “skin” we install custom made solid wood doors, drawer fronts and molding.
Q: Do you Refinish Cabinets?
A: This is not a service we offer.
Q: Will you repaint my cabinets?
A: This is not a service we provide.
Q: What is the difference between Refacing and Refinishing?
A: With Refacing you can change from one wood species and color stain to another. If you don’t like oak, change it to cherry or anything else. Change the door design and drawer front style for a totally updated look. If layout changes are made by adding new cabinets, pantries or islands, all cabinets will look exactly the same when refaced. Refinishing will usually cost a little less than Refacing. Even though the stain can be somewhat changed, all you’ll end up with is a shiny kitchen and the same old style and outdated look. If done properly, this process takes up to 10 days to complete. The doors, drawer fronts and cabinet boxes have to be stripped, sanded, re-stained and refinished. There are a lot of harsh chemicals involved in the process.
Q: What kind of finish do you use on your doors?
A: Finish is two coats of conversion varnish (solvent based). We use a catalyst as a hardener for a durable finish.
Q: What species of woods do you offer?
A: We offer most domestic wood species in 50+ different stains. We will also do custom colors.
Q: What about appliances?
A: If you decide on new appliances we can modify your existing cabinets to accommodate different sizes. If the changes require plumbing or electrical work we recommend that this be done by licensed professionals.
Q: How much will it cost to remodel my kitchen?
A. The price for a new kitchen will be affected by the size of your kitchen, what features it includes, structural changes and materials you choose. We can help you determine your investment based on your needs and wants, then help you add or subtract options based on your budget.
Q: Do you offer a warranty?
A. Yes. We offer a two year “no hassle” warranty on installations.
Q: How much can I save by refacing instead of replacing my cabinets?
A: You will save up to 50% by refacing versus purchasing new cabinets. If you install new cabinets you will have to replace the countertop and maybe the flooring if the new cabinet footprint does not match. You will have sheetrock and wallpaper to repair and painting to do. Your tile or backsplash may have to be modified. You may also need an electrician and a plumber. Don’t forget the permits. The only time it makes sense to replace is if you want to move the location of the sink or move a wall. This project will take a lot longer to complete.
Q: Are wood cutting boards safe?
A: Believe it or not, but studies have shown that wood is the optimal choice for cutting board construction, even better than plastic. Research has shown that bacteria, such as the salmonella often found on raw chicken, will thrive and multiply if not removed from plastic boards (because germs that cause food poisoning can hide out in the knife-scarred nooks and crannies that develop on the surface of a plastic cutting board). “Hand scrubbing with hot water and soap can clear microbes from the surface of new or used wooden cutting board, but knife-scarred plastic boards are resistant to decontamination by hand washing. On wood boards, whether they are new or have been used for years, the bacteria dies off within three minutes. Researchers theorize that the porous surface of the wooden boards deprives the bacteria of water, causing them to die.
Q: Does the hardness of the wood I select matter?
A: While the hardness of the wood is a factor in your cabinet choice, I recommend to my clients that they focus on which wood they like best aesthetically. You could be very disappointed in how your kitchen feels if you don’t love the look and choose solely based on durability.
Q: How do I care for RTF?
A: Thermofoil is a type of laminate made from 100 percent vinyl that is molded to fit precut fiberboard and other materials to make cabinetry and other items. Many people choose thermofoil cabinets as a less expensive alternative to natural wood or painted cabinets. Thermofoil cleaning and maintenance usually requires little beyond regular dusting, spill and splatter control and surface washing. Proper cleaning removes oily or sticky residue that can build up over time and result in vinyl wear, tearing or discoloration.
Wipe thermofoil cabinets weekly to remove dust, or as spills or splatters occur, with a clean, damp sponge or soft, lint-free microfiber cloth. Dry with a clean cloth. Wash the cabinets with a sponge or cloth and non-abrasive surface cleaner approved for use on vinyl at least once a month or as needed to maintain the surface and remove dirt, oil, grease, sticky substances or stains. When washing the surface, rub dirty or stained areas using a circular motion to dislodge any material clinging to it. Rinse thermofoil cabinetry to remove dirty residue with another clean, damp sponge or cloth. Dry your cabinets with clean microfiber cloths.
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