Although budget, timeline and desired goals of a kitchen renovation have always been important, one relatively new consideration is how it will impact the environment. Recently, home renovators are showing more interest in finding ways to reduce the waste created from large renovations.
Refacing your kitchen cabinets is a great place to start when completing an environmentally-friendly kitchen renovation. Here’s why!
Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Reduces Landfill Waste
It’s understandable that many homeowners choose to drop their old cabinets off at the local landfill site. Other options such as selling or donating the old cabinets can be a time-consuming process that homeowners can’t be bothered with once a kitchen renovation is underway.
Although disposing kitchen cabinets at landfill sites is possible, it’s not an action that benefits the environment. Landfills create toxins, leachate and greenhouse gases – and disposing of your old cabinets there simply adds to this problem.
Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Saves Our Trees
The construction of new cabinet boxes requires more wood to be cut down from our forests. Deforestation leads to an increased amount of carbon dioxide emissions and soil erosion as well as negative effects on forest habitat, plants and animals.
Plus, many of the cheaper, big box stores’ cabinet boxes are made of MDF which contains formaldehyde. If you already have good quality, solid wood cabinets, refacing them instead of replacing them will keep more of this hazardous chemical away from the environment.
Refacing Kitchen Cabinets Protects Your Countertops
New countertops made of granite and quartz are beautiful but can be brittle. Some areas – such as the narrow areas around the sink cut-out – can snap if the slab is improperly supported. This can make removing kitchen cabinets without replacing countertops nearly impossible without creating damage.
The risk of countertop damage is significantly minimized when you choose to reface your kitchen cabinets instead. Being able to keep your old countertops not only helps your bank account, but the environment also benefits by reducing the amount of quartz and granite that needs to be mined.
Replacing Vs. Refacing Kitchen Cabinets: The Bottom Line
When it comes to updating kitchen cabinets, many homeowners are quick to dispose of their old ones before replacing them with new. Besides being more costly, replacing kitchen cabinets is much less environmentally-friendly. Oftentimes, refacing kitchen cabinets can be completed in a shorter time frame than purchasing new ones, too.
At Trends Kitchen Cabinets and Woodworking, our cabinet refacing process is completed as early as two weeks from the start date. We get the job done right by taking measurements at your home before manufacturing and finishing them in our facility. Cabinet front edges and non-removable parts are painted on-site before new doors, drawers, handles, soft close hinges and slide devices are installed.
*Oakville / Burlington Ontario