I am a pro cabinet maker. For the past eight years I have carved a niche in the area of repairs and alterations to kitchens and baths. Among the many request for repairs which I receive, replacing thermofoil cabinet doors is high on the list. First let me say that there are two other favorite terms used to spin this style of door, Mdf and vinyl wrap. There are ordinarily two types of damage that are the most base with this type of door. The vinyl peels away from the board due to immoderate heat or the plastic coating begins to loosen because the found didn't get adequate glue on the surfaces of the board when the doors were being made. In both of these cases, the doors are ordinarily beyond fix and must be replaced. Here's the qoute though, many customers have no idea where the actual doors came from. There are authentically hundreds of Mdf door manufacturing associates scattered throughout the United States and Canada. So, here's what I do to get colse to this minor set back. Most of the time if I remove a vinyl wrapped drawer front from the drawer and look on the back side of it, there's a sticker on it. This label will have the associates name, date of production, door style and color codes on it. Once we have this information we then caress the business to find out if the doors are still under warranty. Some Mdf manufactures offer a five year guarantee against discoloration and de-lamination. Please note, heat damaged doors will not be covered with the guarantee. The next step is to request a catalog and color samples. Once these materials arrive we are then able to identify the door style, match the color and order the transfer parts.
Tips for protecting your thermofoil doors against heat damage:
Replacement Kitchen Doors
1) remove the drawers and doors that are next to your oven when you are using the self cleaning feature. When cleaning is in process there is a small number of ultimate heat that escapes straight through the edges of the oven door. This will melt the plastic and cause it to shrink and curl.
2) Avoid placing deep fryers directly underneath of the upper cabinet doors. Here again the heat will influence the edges.
3) whether pull or push toaster ovens away from the door edges so that the rising heat does not cause any damage to the doors.
A few words about the warranty coverage on thermofoil cabinet doors.
It's foremost to know that even though your doors may be replaceable at no cost from the manufacture, you will still have to pay a pro cabinet man to make the exchange. Just as an example, if your cabinet man charges per hour from start to end the cost of 21' of uppers and 21' of base cabinets should cost colse to five to six hundred dollars. The business who originally made the doors should cover all of the shipping costs. So if the cabinet man says you will have to pay for having the doors shipped, I recommend calling the business directly and finding out for yourself.
Hire A Professional
Replacing thermofoil doors should be done by a professional. So, "don't try this at home." If you hire person to do the work for you, it will save you a lot of time and aggravation in the end. pro cabinet men have special drilling machines and templates that allow them to furnish excellent results when they are replacing Mdf doors.Replacing Thermofoil Cabinet Doors