Q. What is the difference between Frame style and European Frame-less style cabinets?
The “European Frame-less” hinge is a modern “high-tech” hinge for cabinets. It is comprised of two parts, the hinge and the mounting plate. The hinge mounts in a hole bored in the back of the cabinet door. For “frame-less” cabinets the mounting plate is installed on the inside surface of the side panel.
For “face-frame” cabinets the mounting plate is either installed on the edge of the face-frame (most typical) or on the front surface of the face-frame.
With “frame-less” style cabinetry the door covers the whole face of the cabinet so there is not the costly and messy need to re-laminate, paint or refinish the exposed wood between the doors.
Q. In Kitchen Refacing, what do we do with the exposed cabinet areas?We can either:
- Keep the existing boxes untouched, if the color matches the new doors
- You can paint the exposed areas
- We can cover the exposed areas with matching laminate, wood veneers or finished panels to match the style of your new kitchen
Q. Which one is a better solution, Refacing or Replacing?
The finishing look of both solutions is very close. We recommend kitchen refacing when possible, for two reasons. First, to save you money. If your boxes are in good condition and your layout works for you, your savings can be used to purchase other items you may want replaced: kitchen sink/taps, appliances, possibly upgrade your countertop options. Secondly, to keep all those perfectly good materials out of the landfill. We can all do our part when there are other options available to us.
Q. If the kitchen doors are not standard sizes, can they be replaced?
All the doors we provide are custom made to fit your needs.
Q. Can I do something to reduce my costs?
Yes. If you like to perform certain tasks in the project, like demolition and dispose of existing doors and countertops, etc. you can save more. The less time we spend in your project, and the less other trades people you have on the project the more you save.
Q. Is kitchen refacing just for small and low-end kitchens?
No, it is suitable for all levels of kitchens. As long as the layout suits your needs and the boxes are in good condition, there is no reason to tear everything out. The larger the kitchen, the bigger the potential savings and all the more materials to be kept out of the landfill.