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Choosing a Kitchen Renovation Contractor

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Resurfacing your cabinets and doors is a great option if you want your kitchen to have a completely new look without the hassle of remodeling. Choosing the right contractor to do the capping is an important decision. As with any other service business, the best way to find a contractor is word of mouth. If you know someone who’s recently had their kitchen remodeled, ask for a recommendation. Or go to your local hardware store and ask them for references. To narrow down your choice, follow these guidelines.

Quality and Aesthetics

The first thing to consider is what you want your kitchen to look like before hiring a remodeling contractor. There are endless options, so you’re guaranteed to end up with the perfect look. Here are some common material options available to you: solid wood, plastic, veneer.

The style options when cladding with wood are endless. Wood options include woods such as poplar, oak, maple, pine, and cherry. Ask your contractors to bring samples of the types of lumber they offer. Or you can stop by your local hardware store, they will have samples on hand. Keep in mind that wood is the most expensive option for siding. One way to further customize is to hire your own carpenter. Or, if you can, build the doors and counters yourself.

For a simpler look, plastic laminate is a great option. Not only do you have many different colors to choose from, but the plastic laminate provides a nice modern look.

If you want a solid wood look at a cheaper price, you should consider rigid thermofoils (RTF). RTF veneers are durable and made to look like wood. This material can be shaped and painted to match exactly the wood look you want.

Offers and Costs

Once you’ve decided exactly how you want your cabinets and doors to look, ask contractors to bid. While the cost to repair cabinets and doors is typically 50 percent less than full replacement, remember that lower cost often reflects lower quality. Ask each bidder what types of materials they use and what quality their fronts and hardware are.

Feel free to ask for samples of your materials. Some contractors will substitute cheaper materials like plywood products for solid hardwood to offer a lower bid. But if you are interested in a solid wood material, be sure to specify it in your bid requirements. Solid wood may be more expensive, but will ensure an attractive premium finish. To ensure each bidder provides the most accurate cost, let them know your exact expectations for everything from color to hardware.

Options and Guarantees

Because there are so many variables involved in kitchen remodeling, ask your contractor about their warranty policy. Make sure the contractor guarantees the workmanship of your company and employees.

Now you know exactly what to look for when choosing a contractor for your kitchen tile. No matter which contractor you end up choosing, you’ll love your newly remodeled kitchen.

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