Countertops can bring livelihood into any kitchen.  Many older homes have simple, drab countertops that give off an unpleasant vibe.  Additionally, some older materials require excessive cleaning, or have suffered damage over the years.  It’s often easy to know when to replace countertops, but knowing how to replace them and what new material to use can be tricky.


How to Replace

Replacing countertops is a task that almost always requires contractors.  It’s not a do-it-yourself type of project.  The materials used can be extremely heavy, and not everyone knows the intricacies of countertop installation.  Seeking the help of a professional is crucial.  Although this route is more expensive, it can actually save money in the long run.  For example, materials like granite and quartz are extremely durable.  They take far less wear and tear than typical countertops.  Additionally, they can give a kitchen a much more pleasant appearance, and even increase the value of your property.


When to Replace and When to Refinish

Sometimes, completely replacing a countertop isn’t in the budget.  If you have laminate countertops, simply refinishing them is a good option.  By refinishing, you will remove any scratches and dents and give the counter a better appearance.  It will also extend the lifetime of your counters, buying you time before needing to replace them.


However, if the counters have become structurally unsound, then it might be necessary to fully replace them.


When to Resurface

If the structural integrity of your countertops remains strong, then replacement isn’t a necessity.  Whereas refinishing can improve the appearance and serve as a short-term solution, sometimes it’s best to resurface.  By placing tile over existing laminate surface, you strengthen your countertops, cover up any unsightly dings or scratches, and add to the appearance of the kitchen.  This is often a cost-effective solution for those who are unable to afford a full installation of new countertops.


Granite Marble Solutions has seen that many of the best kitchen countertops in Alpharetta, GA, don’t necessarily require breaking the bank, and can also give kitchens a new vibe and atmosphere.