It can be hard to justify costs to ourselves if we don’t have a definitive reason for our home improvements. If you are a homeowner, you want to maintain the value of your home. But, you may not want to spend the money to replace something that’s not broken. Your kitchen is the central room, with your countertops being the focal point. If you have noticed they are difficult to clean, look dingy, or just feel outdated, it might be time to replace them. Replacing your countertops can change your space’s function, feel, and look.
Here are the top signs you should consider replacing your counters:
Stains are bound to happen if you are handling food in your kitchen. Acids from fruits and veggies can erode and stain your counters. Coffee, wine, and burn marks are the other top offenders. If you try to clean the stains yourself by mixing chemical cleaners, you may make them worse. Some stains can be buffed or polished out. However, if they are large and permanent, they are unappealing and can give your kitchen a grungy, dirty look.
Damage is one of the top reasons you should consider replacing your countertops. Higher-quality slabs will last longer, but you will need to replace them at some point. Cracks, erosion, and scratches give a shabby look to your kitchen. They may even expose the material underneath. In addition to the lack of visual appeal, sharp cracks can be dangerous, especially if you have children in your home. You can try resealing your countertops, but if that doesn’t restore them, you should start shopping for some new looks.
If there is damage to your countertops, you are most likely not getting your countertops thoroughly cleaned anymore. Bacteria and germs can easily hide in these cracks and dents. They can transfer to the food you are preparing on your countertops, infecting your family more easily. If repairs aren’t feasible, replacing your worktops is the safest option for your health.
Expanding Your Space
If you add on to your kitchen, you can easily match your new cabinets to your old ones. But it might not be easy to find exactly the same material for your countertops, especially if you have natural stone slabs. You may think it won’t matter, but the inconsistency from one stone to another can be a cloud over your otherwise gorgeous expansion. It might be easier to replace them all with the same batch to make a more cohesive space. You can always repurpose your old countertops in several ways.
Style Feels Outdated
In many homes, the kitchen is a gathering space where you spend time with family and friends, it should be a place where you feel at home and enjoy. Unfortunately, styles come and go. If your look is outdated, and you don’t want to gather there, it may be time to update your countertops. They can completely change the look and feel of your space without having to change much else. New countertops can make your whole kitchen look and feel fresh.
If you are considering selling your home, your kitchen’s look significantly impacts potential buyers. It may sound silly, but countertops can make or break a sale. First impressions matter, and no one wants to have to install new kitchen counters on the new house they purchased. Your return on investment may outweigh the costs. If you choose something durable and timeless, like Denver granite or quartzite kitchen slabs, it may appeal to a variety of potential home buyers. If you aren’t sure about listing yet, you can get some use out of the kitchen upgrade. Even if you rent, the improvements will add to your rental price.
Separate from wear and tear damage, structural damage often results from smoke, fire, or flooding. When damage like this occurs, trying to salvage your old worktops can be dangerous. Their structure could be compromised, and they could collapse at any time. They may be releasing undetectable toxins and fumes as well. Unfortunately, any of this can be hurting those in your home. The safest course of action is to replace the countertops, and your homeowner’s insurance should provide some coverage.
If you foresee having children in your kitchen for a long time and want a more Montessori child-accessible kitchen, or someone in your household needs lower, accessible countertops, you will run into the same issues renovating your kitchen as you would expanding your kitchen; your countertops won’t match. Replacing your slabs to match will make the changes look less noticeable and more organic.
While these are the top reasons to replace your countertops, there are countless reasons to update your kitchen look. Consider usage and traffic when choosing the right countertop for your space. When investing in your home, find materials that will elevate the look and quality that will last; you will be happier and more at ease sharing your home with others.