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415 Old County Road
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 450-8903

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Services include full kitchen remodels, kitchen cabinet refacing, countertops, lighting and full service showroom. Brands include Showplace.
License 639589 | DCID6506310330
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Cities: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, South San Francisco, Woodside
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Why Trust Diamond Certified Cabinet Refacing Companies Rated Highest in Quality?
Modern kitchen cabinets refinished by cabinet refinishing companies in San Mateo

Diamond Certified cabinet refacing contractors can completely change the look of your kitchen or bathroom by simply replacing or refinishing the exterior of your existing cabinetry. You can confident choosing among the cabinet refinishing companies listed above because each has been rated Highest in Quality and has earned Diamond Certified. Read the helpful articles on this page for more information on how best to choose and work with a cabinet refinishing contractor in San Mateo County. Photo: Keane Kitchens (2012)

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Topic: Finding High Quality Cabinet Refacing Companies in San Mateo County

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How to Choose
What You Should Know Before Choosing San Mateo County Cabinet Refacing Services
Wood cabinet refacing services in San Mateo County, including Daly City, CA.
Cabinet refinishing and refacing can turn average kitchens into like-new rooms. Photo: Keane Kitchens (2012)

Would you like to get a totally new look and feel to your kitchen without facing the expense and hassle of replacing each and every cabinet and cupboard?

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Would you like to get a totally new look and feel to your kitchen without facing the expense and hassle of replacing each and every cabinet and cupboard?

Cabinet refacing could be the solution for you.

Cabinet refinishing is a fast and effective way of renovating the entire look of your kitchen. The standard process of cabinet refacing is simply to replace all of the doors, drawer fronts and handles with new ones, and so instantly giving your kitchen a whole new atmosphere. Refacing can save you a lot of money and update your kitchen cabinets in almost any style and color you can imagine.

There are many cabinet refacing companies in San Mateo County to choose from, including cabinet refinishing professionals that serve Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, and San Bruno, as well as smaller towns such as Atherton, Belmont, El Granada, Emerald Hills, Millbrae, and Princeton by the Sea.

You want to take the time to be sure you're selecting a cabinet refinishing professional that is right for you.

If you want to keep the cabinet refacing expense down, you can choose to have new doors made in wood veneer instead of solid wood. Also you can use the current doors and use finishing techniques like paint, new veneers, shellac, glazes, varnish, polyurethane or a new laminate to attain your desired results. Cabinet refacing can be accomplished by using non-wood materials, like glass, medium density fiberboard (MDF), copper or even stainless steel.

If you choose to use these can also try to stain or stencil on designs in a new color if you already have natural wood cabinets. The least expensive option would probably be cabinet stenciling and staining.

What are the Advantages of Refacing Your Cabinets?
One of the key advantages in refacing cabinets rather than remodeling a kitchen is the money that you save. Clearly this does depend on the finish you choose to go with, as some finishes are more expensive than others. Another nice feature of refacing your cabinets is that you could switch back at any time if you keep the old doors and drawer fronts. You might even want to have a new look every year!

Another advantage of refacing rather than remodeling is that you can finish your kitchen in any style you want. You won't be restricted to the designs of kitchen cabinet manufacturers. One of the advantages of cabinet refacing is that you can choose to complete the project piece by piece so you can pay for it one piece at a time. Of course, this means you would have to live with a mismatched kitchen for a little while.

Reliable Cabinet Refacing Companies
If you want to get the job done promptly, professionally, and with minimal downtime, then hire a San Mateo County cabinet refacing contractor in the major cites of Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, and Berkeley, as well as all the smaller towns like Sharp Park, South SF, West Menlo Park, and Woodside.

As you begin your research, keep the following tips in mind.

  • Make sure the cabinet refacing companies you're considering will work in your area. You do not want to spend a lot of time speaking to cabinet refinishing companies, only to find out they won't travel to your area. Call them and ask them the important questions on your list, including what areas they serve.
  • Ask the cabinet refinishing contractors about their license, insurance and any trade organizations they might belong to. Find out if they have testimonials from other customers and photos of their recent work.
  • Experience counts, so check to see how long the San Mateo cabinet refinishing services have been in business. It isn't that short timers aren't any good, but their experience may be limited. They might have to work extra hard to convince you they know what they're doing, why their work is superior and how they will handle any challenges that might arise.
  • Lastly, invite them to your home to look over your job and offer up their answers. Notice how they inspect it and what kinds of alternative they offer you. See if they seem knowledgeable about the pattern and styles that are current in the market. Ask if they have any samples to look at.

You should keep looking if you don't feel satisfied at this stage. Professional cabinet refacers will return phone calls and answer your questions, even it means they will have to do some research. They will keep up with the newest products, looks and styles. Do not ignore your instincts about the professional - this is a person who will be in your house for a few intense days, and you want to feel comfortable with them and get along with them.

When the project gets underway, you will probably be breathing easier and enjoying those stylish new refaced cabinets in a few days.

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Know What You Want
Knowing What to Ask Yourself as You Research Cabinet Refacing Companies

When you are ready to hire a cabinet refacing professional, it is significant to know what you want. Unfortunately, many cabinet refacing companies are less than professional and do not meet the standard of cabinet refacing required. Use the questions below to help you determine what you really want from a cabinet refacing company and you are almost guaranteed to find the most reliable and trustworthy cabinet refacing professional. The benefits will be well-worth it!...

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When you are ready to hire a cabinet refacing professional, it is significant to know what you want. Unfortunately, many cabinet refacing companies are less than professional and do not meet the standard of cabinet refacing required. Use the questions below to help you determine what you really want from a cabinet refacing company and you are almost guaranteed to find the most reliable and trustworthy cabinet refacing professional. The benefits will be well-worth it!

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • How many years has the cabinet refacing company been in business?
  • Does the cabinet refacer have any current references?
  • Does the cabinet refacing professional have complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau of the city?
  • Does this professional have a business liability insurance policy to protect your house and furnishings if there are accidents.
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my San Mateo County cabinet refacer to have? (i.e. good communication skills, starting a job on time, honesty, reliability, timeliness, cleanliness)

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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask on the Phone to San Mateo County Cabinet Refacers

When hiring a local cabinet refacing company in San Mateo County in the major cities of Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, and San Bruno, or in your area, call and speak directly to the service manager to see if they offer the cabinet refacing services that you need. It is a good idea to make a list of questions to keep you on track during this phone interview, and it will help make sure you get the answers you need to make an educated decision....

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When hiring a local cabinet refacing company in San Mateo County in the major cities of Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, and San Bruno, or in your area, call and speak directly to the service manager to see if they offer the cabinet refacing services that you need. It is a good idea to make a list of questions to keep you on track during this phone interview, and it will help make sure you get the answers you need to make an educated decision. Write down the answers you get from each company, so you can keep straight how San Mateo County cabinet refacer answered each question. This will help you choose which refacing professional to hire.

Here are some potential questions:

  1. What guarantee do you have on your refacing work?

Good refacing companies will stand behind their refacing work. They will also be willing to answer questions and/or correct any mistakes.

  1. What cabinet finish options does your company offer?

There normally are three finish options. These are: plastic laminates, rigid thermofoils (RTF) and wood veneer.

  1. Do you offer accessories with the cabinets for easier use?

The majority of cabinet refacing companies will have accessories, such as slide out drawers, lazy susans, and other items.

  1. Will you offer a free estimate?

Reputable remodeling contractors provide free estimates. The estimate should give details on the cabinet refacing to be done, the materials, timeline and cabinet refacing cost.

  1. Do you mind if I check your references?

Any reputable cabinet company that does refacing work will be glad to give you the names of their previous customers. Do not use refacing companies that refuse to provide references or they just provide written testimonials without offering you the opportunity to actually see the refacing work in person.

  1. Do you do any other remodeling work that would help update my kitchen?

  1. Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  2. How long has your refacing company been in business?

This answer will give insight into the experience level of this company. You shouldn't turn away from the new remodeling contractors. Just make sure the owners and employees have remodeling experience and many satisfied customers.

  1. What styles of cabinet doors are available?

You will want to find a company that offers a wide variety of styles and finishes.

  1. When can you start my project?

Most good cabinet refacing companies stay busy, but they should be able to begin your refacing project in a short period of time.

  1. How long do you expect the project to take?

Refacing cabinets is a fairly quick process, and most cabinet contractors can finish the project within one week.

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What to Ask in Person
Interview Questions to Ask San Mateo Cabinet Refacing Companies
Kitchen cabinet refacing companies in San Mateo County refinish old cabinets.
Kitchen cabinet refinishing services transform old cabinets into new. Photo: Keane Kitchens (2012)

The next thing to do is to interview local cabinet refacing companies in Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco and other major cities of San Mateo County.

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The next thing to do is to interview local cabinet refacing companies in Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco and other major cities of San Mateo County.

The following  questions are some you may want to ask:

  • What materials will the cabinet builder use to reface your cabinets?
  • Does the price include parts and labor?
  • What type of warranty does the cabinetry company provide for their refacing work?
  • Will the cabinet refacing company provide a written contract?
  • How many cabinets have you completed in San Mateo County? How long has your company been refacing cabinets?
  • Do the cabinet makers specialize in the type of work you have described? If they have, ask them if they can provide some examples of similar cabinet work.
  • Can the cabinet professionals reface custom cabinets, garage cabinets, wood cabinets, glass cabinets or wall cabinets?
  • What is the estimated timeframe for completing the refacing of your cabinets?
  • Will the cabinet makers and cabinet companies provide a detailed, written estimate for refacing your kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets,  cabinet storage area or the cabinets you're needing refinished?
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What to Ask References
Questions to Ask Previous Customers of Cabinet Refacing Companies

It is an intelligent choice to select a Diamond Certified cabinet refacing company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a cabinet refacing company in San Mateo County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It is an intelligent choice to select a Diamond Certified cabinet refacing company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a cabinet refacing company in San Mateo County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is completed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you cannot find a Diamond Certified cabinet refacing company within reach, you will have to do some research on your own. If you do, it is smart to call some references provided by your cabinet refacing company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the cabinet refacing professionals are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a small number of customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  • Would you recommend this cabinet refacing company to your friends and family?
  • Were you satisfied with the services from _(cabinet refacing company name)_?
  • What type of cabinet refacing did they do for you (i.e. kitchen cabinets, garage cabinets, wood cabinets, wall cabinets, specialty cabinets)?
  • Did the cabinet refacing company you hired finish the work on time?
  • Did the contractor keep you up-to-date with the status of the project? Or did you have to call in order to get information?
  • If you live in smaller towns such as Brisbane, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Moss Beach, San Bruno, San Carlos, and Colma, did they charge extra to travel to your home?
  • Did the company show up on time?
  • Did they clean up after completing the job?
  • When you need to have cabinets refaced in the future, will you consider hiring this cabinet company again?

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Review Your Options
Finding a Reliable Cabinet Refacing Company in San Mateo County
The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

Your choice of a San Mateo cabinet refacing company is a significant concern. More expensive cabinet refinishing companies do not necessarily offer better value. On the same token, less expensive companies that charge dramatically lower rates for cabinet refinishing services may not provide the customer service or top quality results that you want....

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Your choice of a San Mateo cabinet refacing company is a significant concern. More expensive cabinet refinishing companies do not necessarily offer better value. On the same token, less expensive companies that charge dramatically lower rates for cabinet refinishing services may not provide the customer service or top quality results that you want.

It's important to understand that every cabinet refacing company provides a different array of services. Some will be able to customize their approach to your needs better than others. For this reason, ask for a specific checklist of exactly what your cabinet refinishing services will include.

Before making a final decision on the best cabinet refacing company in San Mateo County for you, it is important to consider the following questions:

  • What are the billing practices of the cabinet refacing company?
  • When was the last time rates were raised? It is important to understand how often the cabinet refacing costs are raised so that you are not surprised in the future by unexpected increases.
  • Can a cabinet refacing company in San Mateo County provide your requirements for scheduling and customer service?
  • Is the cabinet refacing company devoted to your satisfaction?
  • What does the cabinet refacing company offer that is specific to my needs?
  • Is the cabinet refacing company bonded and insured?

 

 

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How to Work With
Preparing to Sign a Contract with a Cabinet Refacing Company in San Mateo County

Now that you've found the local cabinet refacing company that meets all your ideals in San Mateo County including the larger cities of Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, and San Bruno, it's the perfect time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include written details on the price, quality and materials to be used, as well as the job start date and intended completion date....

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Now that you've found the local cabinet refacing company that meets all your ideals in San Mateo County including the larger cities of Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, and San Bruno, it's the perfect time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include written details on the price, quality and materials to be used, as well as the job start date and intended completion date.

Before you sign the contract, read and be sure you understand all the terms and limitations. The contract you sign is binding, and should protect your property and your interests, as well as those of your contractor. For this reason, you should never sign a blank or incomplete estimate.

When signing the contract, do not be afraid to write in special requests or verbal agreements. This will protect you and help ensure you get the services you have agreed on. Along with end dates and any special instructions, these add-ons may also include related issues that aren't always covered by a standard contract. For example, regardless of how careful your contractor promises to be, rutted lawns, damaged shrubs and crushed flowerbeds are often unexpected results of exterior painting jobs.

But you can protect your property by being proactive. Before the work begins, schedule a walk through with the company supervisor and conduct a pre-work inspection of your property. List or photograph your landscaping, home and property and talk with a company representative about reasonable expectations for protecting your home and yard during the work. When you've reached an agreement, both you and the contractor should sign and date the document. When the work is done, do a final inspection together and verify that your expectations were met.

Cabinet Refacing Preparations
Professional cabinet refacers are able to handle the large and small aspects of their work in the smaller San Mateo County towns of Pescadero, San Gregorio, Brisbane, Montara, and Emerald Hills. But there are a few things you can do in preparation to their arrival and while the work is in progress to help their job go more smoothly. You may even cut down on billable hours or the possibility of damage to your home and belongings..

Remove furniture and movable items from the workspace. Before the work begins, remove all furniture, decorations, rugs, and movable objects from the rooms where the cabinet refacing professionals will be working. Anything that's not removed from the room should be moved away from the walls to the center of the room and covered with drop cloths or plastic. You may also want to temporarily store any heirlooms or expensive items that are in high-traffic areas of your home to prevent them from being broken.

Keep children and pets away from the work areas. Your contractors will be focused on the work at hand and shouldn't have to watch out for children and pets before, during or after the work. Cordon off any rooms that will be used and keep pets and kids away from those rooms until after the work is done. This will prevent accidents, injury and the expense of touch-ups.

Provide adequate clearance and parking space for work trucks. Some cabinet refacing companies have large work trucks that require more clearance or parking space than average vehicles. Contact the company before the scheduled start date and ask them how many work vehicles will need parking space and whether the vehicles are oversized. You may find it helpful to walk through the site with your contractor ahead of time so they can point out any potential clearance issues or possible hazards you can move or minimize before the refacing of cabinets begins.

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Be a Good Customer
Choosing to Be a Good Cabinet Refacing Company Customer

It's the responsibility of the cabinet refacing company to put in quality refaced cabinets using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your cabinet refacing company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Mateo County cabinet refacing company.

  • Pay for the cabinet refacing company work promptly.
  • Be clear and upfront with the cabinet refacing company.
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It's the responsibility of the cabinet refacing company to put in quality refaced cabinets using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your cabinet refacing company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Mateo County cabinet refacing company.

  • Pay for the cabinet refacing company work promptly.
  • Be clear and upfront with the cabinet refacing company. Let them know what you want from your refaced cabinets, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire a cabinet refacing professional in San Mateo County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the cabinet refacing company's representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local cabinet refacing occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your cabinet refacing professional if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they're refacing the cabinets. The work will move along more smoothly if your cabinet refacing company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.

You will want to be a respectable customer. Cabinet refacing professionals in San Mateo County appreciate customers who are straightforward, truthful and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment beneficial to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Check the Completed Cabinet Refacing Work with the Invoice

When the cabinet refacing is finished, most good cabinet professionals will give you a written invoice that details the completed work.

This invoice will usually include:...

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When the cabinet refacing is finished, most good cabinet professionals will give you a written invoice that details the completed work.

This invoice will usually include:

  • The total cabinetry refacing cost for services, including the amount due for labor.
  • An itemized list of all the cabinet refacing supplies purchased.
  • The total cabinet refacing cost for services, including the amount due for labor.
  • Any applicable warranties or guarantees provided by the paint manufacturers and the company.
  • The cabinet refinishing contractor's name, physical address and license number.
  • A list of all services performed.
  • An itemized list of all the cabinet refacing supplies purchased.

It is smart to compare the completed work to what was promised on the written invoice. Ask your company representative to walk through the job site with you and show you the work. Check what was done against the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your newly refaced cabinets. If you have questions about the work that was done or the materials used, this is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Get a Written Warranty from San Mateo County Cabinet Refacing Companies
Save time and money by having old cabinets refinished rather than installing new
Cabinet refacing contractors can replace or refinish original cabinet doors based on your needs. Photo: Keane Kitchens (2012)

Most good cabinet refacing professionals offer some type of warranty on their cabinet refinishing services or on the materials they've used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job.

This written warranty information should include the following:...

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Most good cabinet refacing professionals offer some type of warranty on their cabinet refinishing services or on the materials they've used. All warranty details should be provided to you in writing during the contract phase or at the completion of the job.

This written warranty information should include the following:

  • What cabinet refacing services and products are covered. This should also include whether the cabinet renewal contractor will replace or repair your new paint in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim on the cabinet refinishing services or newly refaced cabinets (i.e., if you have to pay for replacement or repair labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount based on the amount of time before the damage or problem presented).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the paint, stain, cabinet refacing materials and workmanship.
  • If the cabinet refinishing warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • The cabinet renewal contractor's name and physical address.

 

 

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Top 10 Requests
Top Refacing Requests in San Mateo County

Cabinet refacing companies in San Mateo County, including the major cities of Pacifica, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Foster City, and Burlingame, provide all types of cabinet refacing services. However, some services are more common than others. The following are the most familiar requests for local cabinet refacing companies.

Refacing Cabinet Doors
Refacing cabinets' doors can range from repainting the doors to stripping and refinishing the cabinet doors to replacing with new doors....

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Cabinet refacing companies in San Mateo County, including the major cities of Pacifica, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Foster City, and Burlingame, provide all types of cabinet refacing services. However, some services are more common than others. The following are the most familiar requests for local cabinet refacing companies.

Refacing Cabinet Doors
Refacing cabinets' doors can range from repainting the doors to stripping and refinishing the cabinet doors to replacing with new doors.

Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
The process of putting a new finish on kitchen cabinets.

Cabinet Resurfacing
To cover cabinets with a new surface.

Refinishing Cabinets
To put a new finish on cabinets

Replacement Cabinet Doors
The replacement of cabinet doors with new doors or refinished doors.

Refacing
Refacing is to repair or renew the face of something (ie. the face of a wall, the face of cabinetry, refacing cabinet doors, etc.)

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing (Or Kitchen Cabinets Refacing)
A process of replacing kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. After this, the cabinet fronts and end pieces are refinished to match the new pieces.

Cabinet Refacing Materials (Or Cabinet Resurfacing Supplies)
The materials you will need to reface your cabinets, that can include veneering tools: a veneer smoothing blade to press the veneer flat without bubbles, a veneer saw to get good straight cuts with no splinters, a veneer edge band iron to stick edge band down tight, and a veneer edge trimmer in single or double edge.

Bathroom Cabinet Refacing
The process of removing and discarding bathroom cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. Refacing a bathroom can be done in one day.

Refacing Cabinets
Refacing can range from simply repainting current cabinets and the drawer fronts. It can also include updating the hardware and/or stripping the cabinet doors and applying veneer or any other decorative features. Refacing can mean that you completely replace the cabinet doors with a new style and new materials.

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified window contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the window company is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified window contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the window company is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Ending Conflict Quickly with San Mateo County Cabinet Refacing Professionals
The majority of projects go well, especially when you wisely choose a qualified cabinet refacing company from your area of San Mateo County who has a history of customer satisfaction.

But what should you do if something goes wrong despite your best efforts? Follow the helpful advice below to resolve your problem more quickly.

The most direct route to ending conflict is to talk cooperatively with the company owner or job supervisor. Most cabinet refacing contractors in Sonoma County are professionals who have a vested interest in keeping their customers happy. Don't wait until the job is completed to air your concerns. By doing this, you may head off any potential problems before they even start.

  • Contact your state attorney general if the problems are serious enough to merit pressing charges.
  • Review the contract specifications with your contractor and attempt to verbally resolve any problems in person.
  • Document your complaints and concerns in writing. Take photos if you are anxious about the materials or workmanship.
  • Set a deadline for resolution, and tell the company representative that you are willing to agree on a mutually-beneficial solution.
  • You may legally withhold payment until the dispute is resolved to your liking.
  • If you do not get a suitable response, consider hiring a local building inspector or cabinet refacing expert to evaluate the problem from a neutral standpoint.
  • Fire the cabinet refacing company as a last resort. This can lead to ill will between you and the company, and can result in work delays or even lawsuits.
  • File serious grievances and complaints with the Contractors State License Board.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Cabinet Refacing and Cabinet Refinishing Terms
Local cabinet refinishing companies can transform your cabinets through refacing
Cabinet refacing can turn light cabinets into dark wood cabinets to match new decor. Photo: Keane Kitchens (2012)

Below are key cabinet refacing terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your cabinet refacing job from beginning to end.

base cabinet
Cabinets that are usually under the countertops and sit on the floor.

Also known as: sink base cabinet, kitchen base cabinets, corner sink base cabinet, bathroom base cabinet, kitchen sink base cabinet, base cabinet organizers, kitchen base cabinets with drawers, bathroom vanity base cabinets...

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Below are key cabinet refacing terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your cabinet refacing job from beginning to end.

base cabinet
Cabinets that are usually under the countertops and sit on the floor.

Also known as: sink base cabinet, kitchen base cabinets, corner sink base cabinet, bathroom base cabinet, kitchen sink base cabinet, base cabinet organizers, kitchen base cabinets with drawers, bathroom vanity base cabinets

bathroom cabinet refacing
The process of removing and discarding bathroom cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. Refacing a bathroom can be done in one day.

Also known as: cabinet reface, refacing bathroom cabinets, bathroom cabinet doors, bathroom cabinet, laminate cabinet refacing, bathroom cabinets, cabinet resurfacing, cabinet refinishing, cabinets refacing, bathroom vanity cabinets, reface cabinets

cabinet refacing materials
The materials you will need to reface your cabinets, that can include veneering tools: a veneer smoothing blade to press the veneer flat without bubbles, a veneer saw to get good straight cuts with no splinters, a veneer edge band iron to stick edge band down tight, and a veneer edge trimmer in single or double edge.

Also known as: cabinet resurfacing supplies, cabinet refacing, cabinet refacing veneer, cabinet refacing products

cabinet resurfacing
To cover cabinets with a new surface.

Also known as: cabinet refacing, kitchen cabinet refacing, refacing kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinets resurfacing, resurfacing cabinets, cabinets refacing, kitchen cabinet resurfacing, kitchen cabinet resurface, restaining kitchen cabinets,

concealed hinge
A hinge that is attached on the inside of the cabinet door so that it is unseen

Also known as: concealed hinges, concealed hinges for cabinets, semi concealed hinge, concealed door hinge, concealed door hinges, grass hinges, concealed door hinges, inset cabinet hinges, concealed hinges cabinets, hinges concealed

custom cabinetry
This style of cabinetry offers the most options for style and design. You will find multiple choices for wood type, shape, size, glaze, finish, hardware, frame style and others as well; however, this the most costly in cabinetry.

dove tail
A very effective way to join two pieces of wood at a right angle. It does not require screws. The male side of the board has multiple pins cut into it. The female board has a series of tails. The two are joined in an interlocking fashion.

Also known as: dovetail joints, dovetail jig, dovetails, dove tail drawers, dovetail jigs, dovetail router bits, dovetailing, dove tail saw, dovetail joint, dovetail jointer, dove tailed, dovetail joinery, dovetail plane, dove tails, dove tail jig, sliding dovetails, dovetailing

drawer face
Front panel of the drawer where you attach the handle.

Also known as: premade drawers, drawer faces, face frame drawer slides, cabinet drawer faces, drawer fronts, drawer guides, drawer front, customer drawers, tool drawers, drawer glides, drawer rails, drawer front adjuster

engineered wood
Wood that is not natural wood, but has been enhanced for better structural purposes. It is also created from leftovers from different types of wood, so it is environmentally friendly. Some examples of engineered wood would be particle board or fiberboard (MDF).

Also known as: engineered wood flooring, engineered wood floors, engineering wood flooring, engineered wood products, laminated engineered wood, wood flooring, engineered hardwood, engineered hardwood floors, wide plank flooring

face frame
The outer frame that is attached to the front side at the top, bottom and side of the box of the cabinet. The face frame will improve the overall stability of the box.

Also known as: face frame hinges, face frame table, cabinet face frame, face frame cabinet, face frames, face frame cabinets, face frame jig, frameless kitchen cabinets, face frame cabinet construction, face frame overlay hinges, face frame screws, face frame construction

finish
The last layer applied to the surface to lock in the color and protect. This protection will help keep the cabinet's overall beauty and will protect from sun damage and other wear.

Also known as: future floor finish, surface finish, matte finish, wood finish, quantum finish, polyurethane finish, faux finish, lacquer finish, finish carpentry

flat panel
This can be a drawer or a door where the center part of the panel is indented or is recessed. A recessed look could have multiple shapes and styles.

Also known as: flat panel cabinet doors, flat panel cabinets, flat panel kitchen cabinets, flat screen cabinet, raised panel cabinet, flat panel doors, panel cabinet doors, raised panel cabinets

framed cabinets
A standard cabinet design styles that incorporates a frame around the front of the box of the cabinet. Framed cabinets are the most common design and also the most sturdy design.

Also known as: framed medicine cabinets, face frame cabinets, framed medicine cabinet, wood framed medicine cabinets, wood frame medicine cabinet, framed kitchen cabinets, European cabinets, face framed cabinets, kitchen cabinets

frameless cabinets
These cabinets are also called European style cabinets. There are no obstructions on the front side of the box of the cabinet which allows greater room for storage. Usually these need full overlay cabinet doors to cover the edges of the box of the cabinet.

Also known as: frameless cabinet frameless kitchen cabinets, frameless medicine cabinets, semi custom cabinets, frameless cabinet hinges, frameless cabinet doors

full inset
Doors and drawers which are planned to fit in the inside lines of the face frame opening. The outside edges of the doors and drawers will be flush with the frame edges.

glaze
Glazes are used to coat cabinets to provide a level of unique style. They come in a variety of colors and finish types. These glazes used to change the appearance of the wood material. They also enhance the wood's natural properties.

Also known as: kitchen cabinet glazing, glazed kitchen cabinets, cabinet glaze colors, glazed cabinets, cabinet glaze finish, glazing kitchen cabinets, cabinet glazing, glazing cabinets, glazed cabinet finishes, glaze kitchen cabinets, painting kitchen cabinets glaze, kitchen cabinet glazing techniques

kitchen cabinet refacing
The process of replacing kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts with new ones. After this, the cabinet fronts and end pieces are refinished to match the new pieces.

Also known as: kitchen cabinets refacing, refacing kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinets, reface kitchen cabinets, how to reface kitchen cabinets, resurfacing kitchen cabinets, kitchen refacing, refaced kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinet refacing supplies, kitchen refacing materials

MDF (medium density fiberboard)
MDF is an acronym for Medium Density Fiberboard. This manufactured wood product is made from tiny wood particles along with a bonding agent like glue or resin. MDF is easier to shape than particle board (made of larger wood particles. MDF is the core material of the cabinet and can be covered with laminate, melamine, or thermofoil.

Also known as: mdf board, medium density fiberboard, mdf board, mdf sheet, mdf mouldings, lamintated mdf, mdf wood, mdf material, particle board, mdf door, mdf panel, veneer mdf, mdf panels

overlay
This word describes the amount of face frame that is covered by the front of a drawer or door.

partial overlay
Doors and drawers will cover just a part of the overall frame. It is a good idea to highlight the outer frame of the box of the cabinet since it will be visible when the doors and drawers are closed.

particle board
A wood product that is manufactured and is composed of small pieces of wood bonded together using glue or resin. This is the least expensive answer for the core of a cabinet. It is of the lowest quality when you compare it to plywood or MDF.

Also known as: particle board cabinets, mdf particle board, painting particle board, plywood, mdf board, high density particle board, veneer particle board, particle board shelving, hardwood plywood, exterior plywood, types of plywood

refacing
Refacing is to repair or renew the face of something (ie. the face of a wall, the face of cabinetry, the face of cabinet doors, etc.)

Also known as: cabinet refacing, cabinet refinishing, reface cabinet doors, refacing kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinet refacing, refacing cabinets, refacing kitchen, cabinet door refacing, kitchen refacing, cabinet refacers, refinishing kitchen cabinets, resurfacing kitchen cabinets, bathroom refacing, bathroom cabinet refacing, refacing bathroom cabinets

refacing cabinet doors
Refacing cabinet doors can range from repainting the doors to stripping and refinishing the cabinet doors to replacing with new doors.

Also known as: reface cabinet doors, reface cabinets, cabinet door refacing, cabinet door replacement, reface kitchen cabinets, replacement cabinet doors, refacing kitchen cabinet doors, kitchen cabinet doors replacement, kitchen cabinet door refacing

refacing cabinets
Refacing can range from simply repainting current cabinets and the drawer fronts. It can also include updating the hardware and/or stripping the cabinet doors and applying veneer or any other decorative features. Refacing can mean that you completely replace the cabinet doors with a new style and new materials.

Also known as: refacing kitchen cabinets, refacing kitchen cabinet, reface cabinets, cabinet refacing, reface kitchen cabinets, cabinet refacing supplies, unfinished cabinet doors, refinishing kitchen cabinets, refacing cabinet doors, refacing bathroom cabinets, kitchen refacing materials

refinishing cabinets
To put a new finish on cabinets

Also known as: refinishing kitchen cabinets, refinishing oak cabinets, refinishing wood cabinets, refinishing cabinet doors, refinishing kitchen cabinet doors, refinished kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinets refinishing, refinishing old cabinets, cabinet refinish, refinish bathroom cabinets

refinish kitchen cabinets
The process of putting a new finish on kitchen cabinets.

Also known as: refinishing kitchen cabinets, refinished kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinets refinishing, refinishing oak kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinet refinishing, outdoor kitchen cabinets, painting kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinet refinishing, refinishing cabinets, refinishing wood kitchen cabinets, reface kitchen cabinets, kitchen cabinet refacing, refacing kitchen cabinets, restaining kitchen cabinets

replacement cabinet doors
The replacement of cabinet doors with new doors or refinished doors.

Also known as: replacement kitchen cabinet doors, replace cabinet doors, replacing cabinet doors, cabinet door replacement, new cabinet doors, replacement cabinet door, refacing cabinet doors, kitchen cabinet door replacements, kitchen cabinet doors replacement, replacement cabinet door fronts

thermofoil
A cabinet material that is made from heat fusing thin layers of PVC to a substrate. This is easy to clean, durable and also smoother than paint.

Also known as: thermofoil cabinets, thermofoil, cabinet, thermofoil cabinet doors, thermofoil kitchen cabinets, white thermofoil cabinets, all wood cabinetry, reface cabinets, cabinet faces, European cabinets, kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, thermofoil laminate, cabinet refacing, modern kitchen cabinets

veneer
This consists of strips of wood that are adhered to a substrate (i.e. particle board or MDF). The advantage of using wood veneer to reface kitchen cabinets is that you can choose from the highest quality cuts of wood because you are not relying on its ability to support the overall cabinet. It is the outer layer and is used to add style and beauty to the cabinet.

Also known as: veneer supplies, oak veneer, wood veneer suppliers, wood veneer sheets, birch veneer, wood veneer, exotic wood veneer, veneer wood sheets, wood veneer panels, veneer wood, wood veneers suppliers, wood veneer paper, walnut burl veneer, quilted maple veneer, hardwood veneer, maple veneer, pine veneer, bamboo veneer sheets, plywood veneer, veneering, real wood veneer, pressure sensitive veneer, ash veneer

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FAQ For Cabinet Refacing Contractors

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Cabinet Refacing Company?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Cabinet Refacing Company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a cabinet refacing company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only cabinet refacing companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified cabinet refacing company.

Q: What is cabinet refacing?
A: Refacing bathroom or kitchen cabinets is the process of replacing doors and drawer fronts, and also veneering the cabinet boxes. Your cabinet refacing cost is normally less than replacing your kitchen with custom cabinets.

Q: Do cabinets need to be refaced by a company or are there any do-it-yourself cabinet refacing options?
A: Do it yourself cabinet refacing would be difficult. You could probably replace the cabinet doors and drawer fronts fairly easily, but veneering is a skill that has a steep learning curve. It is definitely not something you can learn in a day or two.

Q: What parts of the cabinets are refaced?
A: Cabinet refacing actually involves refacing and replacing of certain parts of the cabinet.

  • Cabinet doors and draw fronts are removed and also replaced.
  • The front part of the cabinet boxes are veneered either with wood veneer or Rigid Thermofoil (RTF), which is a melamine-based product.

Q: Is the wood veneer made out of real wood?
A: Yes, it is, and the majority of the popular wood species are available. These include birch, maple, ash, oak, hickory, walnut, and others.

Q: Why would I want to use Rigid Thermofoil refacing?
A: RTF holds up to heavy abuse from children, pets, etc. It is also easily cleanable.

Q: How long should I expect cabinet refacing to take?
A: This depends on the company that does the refacing and also on the size of your kitchen. Most refacing can be done in 2-4 days. Here is a possible schedule:

  • First day: Remove all the hardware, the doors, and the drawer fronts. Then begin veneering. Clean up at end of day.
  • Second day: Veneering continues. Clean at end of day.
  • Third day: Finish the veneering. Install the new doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. Make final adjustments. Final pickup and clean.

Q: Can wood veneer peel off?
A: It will not peel if it is installed properly. Veneer is not inherently inclined to peel, but it does depend on the installation. Veneer has been around for a long time, in fact, hundreds of years.

Q: Can cabinets that are really old be refaced?
A: Yes, they can. As long as boxes are structurally sound, they could be refaced. Some companies say that older boxes are stronger and sturdier than newer boxes, and are great candidates for refacing.

Q: What is the cabinet refacing cost?
A: To give a dollar amount would be impossible. An estimated cabinet refacing cost is about 50% of the cost of custom cabinet installation.

Q: What does the company do with my old cabinet doors and drawer fronts?
A: Some companies will discard them; others won't. You will have to discuss this with them.

Q: How can cabinet refacing be called eco-friendly?
A: There are several reasons for this. Cabinet refacing:

  • Keeps cabinet boxes away from the landfill.
  • Not only that, but many cabinet boxes are made of MDF, which contains formaldehyde, a hazardous chemical.
  • Prevents more trees from being cut down to construct new cabinet boxes.
  • Reduces the carbon footprint associated with all of the above.
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Consumer Agencies
Professional Associations for Cabinet Refacing Services

American Association of Woodturners (AAW) (http://www.woodturner.org/)
American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) (http://www.asfd.com/)
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) (http://www.asid.org/)
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA) (http://www.bifma.org/)...

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American Association of Woodturners (AAW) (http://www.woodturner.org/)
American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) (http://www.asfd.com/)
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) (http://www.asid.org/)
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA) (http://www.bifma.org/)

Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) (http://www.cabinetmakers.org/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
The Furniture Society (FS) (http://www.furnituresociety.org/)
Hardwood, Plywood, and Veneer Association (HPVA) (http://www.hpva.org/)
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer's Association (KCMA) (http://www.kcma.org/)
National Craft Association (NCA) (http://www.craftassoc.com/)
National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) (http://www.nkba.org/)
WMIA Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (http://www.wmia.org/)

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San Mateo County Cabinet Refacing Information
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