Countertops tend to dominate the look and feel of the entire kitchen. If you have a beautiful white marble countertop, every few people are going to look elsewhere. Because of this, most homeowners don’t pay much attention to the cabinets. In fact, they assume that they would be able to get away with just resurfacing the cabinets and save considerable amount of money. Yes, cabinets usually form about 50% of your total kitchen remodel expense. However, just resurfacing isn’t always the right idea. At Five Star Stone, Inc, we always recommend a full kitchen remodel and here’s why.
Installing New Countertops Over Old Counters
It’s not a good idea to install a new countertop over old cabinets and counters. Countertops, once installed, shouldn’t be moved. If you do, you might risk damaging them. That’s especially true if you’re installing natural stone countertops. You might save some money now, but you might come to regret the decision later. Your old cabinets might need to be replaced sooner or later.
When you do that, you might risk damaging the kitchen countertops. If you install new cabinets along with new countertops, you will have a new kitchen that will last for a long time. If you install good quality cabinets, they might be able to keep up with your natural stone countertops for several years.
Most people choose to resurface their old cabinets because they believe it saves money. However, that’s not always the case. If you need to replace the cabinets in a couple of years, you’re not saving any money. In fact, you’re spending more than you need to and risking your countertop as well. A brand new kitchen will last you a few decades if it’s properly maintained. A new countertop over old cabinets might need your attention in a few years.
That means, you’ll have to spend money and time replacing your countertop and then spend more money and time replacing your cabinets 2 to 3 years down the line. That just doesn’t make sense. Most contractors will offer heavy discounts on a complete kitchen remodel that could potentially save you thousands of dollars. That’s a one-time investment for a kitchen that you won’t have to touch for another decade or even more.
The Risks of Resurfacing
If your cabinets are strong and might endure several more years of use, resurfacing might be a good idea. However, that’s rarely the case. In most cases, cabinets are too worn and damaged to last long, even after resurfacing. Homeowners are forced to replace them after just a few years of use. If you do the entire kitchen remodel and install new cabinets as well as countertops, you won’t have to worry about it for several years.
Replacing the cabinets and doing a full kitchen remodel will only save you money in the long run. It’s always a good idea to choose quality and durability over the cost. If you have more questions, call Five Star Stone Inc. at 727 265 1100 or just fill this contact us form and we’ll get back to you.