Karry Knows: Refinish or Replace? That is The Question

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There are a few household elements that regularly call for the ‘repair or replace’ argument, or sometimes better known as the ‘refinish or replace’ argument. The most common ones are cabinets, flooring, tile and furniture.

In these fixer-upper scenarios, there are a few things to consider to help figure out which path is best.




Cost is a primary factor to consider in the refinish vs. replace debate. Obviously whichever option is cheapest gets a point added to its tally. Weigh the costs involved with refinishing items like your cabinets or floors against fully replacing them. If cost is your only issue, the cheaper one is the no-brainer.



We don’t just mean labour from a contractor, we mean labour that you would provide if you DIY’d it too. This also involves the time it takes to complete a project. Is refinishing just a little too much effort for what it’s worth? Do you not have the time to refinish the items yourself?

Keep these questions in mind when you make your decision.


Peace of Mind

Some jobs are about safety and investment. If you have an old staircase that is falling apart, it often makes more sense to replace it outright rather than go through the process of bringing the existing structure to code.



Design elements are usually where this comes into play. Consider windows and floors: having the original pieces in a home (especially if it’s an older home) are a point of pride and sentimentality. It’d be a shame to replace their vintage charm. However, older windows tend to let heat leach out, even when the trim and installation has been replaced or updated.

Weigh your sentimentality with practicality.


Environmentally Conscious

 Why replace something that can easily be refurbished or repaired? The environmentally (and fiscally) conscious choice is to go the repair route. It stretches out the use of items and parts of your home, effectively saving you money.

In the case of some materials, like some stones and metals, reducing the demand is a green choice because it’s one less supply to mine and transport.

There are a few things to consider to help make your decision in refinishing or replacing; the most common being cost. If you’re still having trouble deciding the best course of action for you, visit us at our Brampton showroom and we can walk you through the pros and cons of each.

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