Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Refacing Your Kitchen for Less: Advantages and Disadvantages of Rigid Thermofoilby Melissa Bullard
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Have you decided to reface rather than replace your kitchen cabinets? Congratulations! You could be spending about half (or less) of what it would typically cost to replace the same cabinets. Of course, if you're going to put so much effort into a project, you want to make sure you choose the best options for your house when it comes to style, color, cost, and durability. And if you're on a tight budget, you want to consider the advantages of refacing with rigid thermofoil (RTF).
Advantages of Refacing With Rigid Thermofoil
Of course, RTF does have a few disadvantages that wood or laminate cabinet doors don't have. It is not heat-resistant, may discolor, and occasionally the laminate can separate from the MDF underneath. These problems can be addressed with heat shields and by choosing companies that offer guarantees against the separation, so purchase your materials carefully. But in spite of these disadvantages, if you need a refacing job but also need to cut back on spending, RTF is definitely an option you should consider.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre