Replacing Kitchen Cabinet Doors: Costs & Benefits
The costs of replacing kitchen cabinets are very high. You will have to pay for labor, materials, installation fees, and any other expenses related to the job. If you want to save money on your kitchen cabinet door replacement then you need to make sure that you choose the best quality options available at affordable prices. To do so, you may consider choosing laminate or solid wood doors instead of vinyl or painted ones.
Laminate doors are typically cheaper than their painted counterparts. However, they tend to require more time and effort to install since you’ll have to sand down the edges of the door. They’re also less durable because they don’t hold up well against moisture and stains. On top of that, they’re not as sturdy as solid wood doors.
Solid wood doors will last longer and look better too since they won’t show signs of wear over time like laminated ones will.
Solid wood doors are also easier to clean since they don’t stain easily. Laminate doors, on the other hand, can be stained if you want them to look nicer. For those reasons, solid wood doors are generally preferred when it comes to kitchen cabinet door replacements.
When it comes to price though, there really isn’t a clear winner between laminate and solid wood doors.
In addition to the price tag, you’ll also have to factor in the time it takes to complete your project. Laminate doors take a little bit longer than solid wood ones. You might even need professional help if you plan on doing this yourself.
Solid wood doors are usually easier to work with and will give you a better finish than laminate ones. In fact, it all really depends on you and what you want installed in your kitchen. Average prices for each type of door typically range from $80 to $300 each. Of course, you can spend more or less depending on your specific needs.
Before you buy anything though, make sure you take advantage of any discounts that may be available to you. If you decide to go with solid wood doors, you can choose between different kinds. Asian hardwood is one of the more popular options because it’s both affordable and looks nice.
You won’t find many differences between Asian and American hardwoods. If you’re going for quality over price, American hardwoods are a good choice. They look better and last longer than Asian hardwoods. You can probably find good deals on your doors online or at local building supply stores.
When you buy in bulk, the price of each door tends to go down a bit. You may even be able to get free delivery if you spend a certain amount of money. It never hurts to ask!
In any case, you should have all your materials and equipment before you start your kitchen cabinet door replacement job. Another benefit of going with American hardwoods is that you have more options when it comes to color and grain patterns. The only downside is that they’re usually more expensive than Asian hardwoods.
You have a lot of different options to choose from when it comes to replacing your kitchen cabinet doors. You may even be able to find second hand or used doors from home improvement stores. If you’ve already taken everything apart, you may notice some damage to your existing frames. You may need to have a carpenter come in and do some touch-up work before you take your frames apart.
This is another expense that you can try to save money on by doing the work yourself.
If you’re completely out of framing materials, you can always buy new ones or use different ones for your door fronts. Yes, you can mix and match your materials if you want! If you plan on buying brand new doors, however, you should seriously think about what material you want.
Most people just go with the looks and price of each type of door. The truth is that the cheapest doors will not only look cheap, but they won’t stand the test of time either. If you really want to save money in the long run, you’ll have to be prepared to spend a little more money up front.
You should also be prepared to spend more time cleaning the doors. You see, the cheapest doors on the market are made from certain types of vinyl plastic. In most cases they’re not even solid pieces of vinyl; they’re made of little flakes that are held together by an aluminum sheet on the back. Over time, these flakes tend to flake off and end up everywhere.
You can find some really nice looking, sturdy, and durable doors at a fair price.
Happy hunting and good luck! If you have pets or kids, you’ll be picking up little bits of vinyl for years to come.
However, this type of door is also the least expensive and if you don’t have animals or kids that will get underfoot, it may be a better choice. You should still try to find wood doors of better quality than the cheapest ones though.
Some of your other options include:
Plywood doors – These are one step up from the cheapest vinyl doors.
Sources & references used in this article:
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