Your countertops in your bathroom and especially your kitchen take a lot of punishment. They come into contact with water, heat, oils, abrasive materials, and more. Even if they’re properly cared for, they will eventually show signs of their age, whether it’s cracks or stubborn stains.
But how do you know it’s time for a full upgrade and some brand-new countertops?
It depends on the grade you have, how long they’ve been installed, and how much use you plan to hit them with.
Granite and quartz countertops tend to be made from some of the strongest stone out there because they get a lot of use in kitchens and bathrooms and come into contact with all sorts of materials. But there’s levels to what different countertop types can handle and for how long. If you see signs of age that can’t be fixed, it may be time for a replacement.
Below are some examples of signs that your countertops need an upgrade
Cracks and Erosion
Lower end countertops will crack and erode over time. Builder’s grade isn’t meant to last forever and is a default for an upgrade. Lower grades also can’t handle a lot of wear and tear, especially if you’re in an active kitchen. So, if you’re noticing wear on your countertops or cracks, it’s a great time to look into upgrades. Go for something one or two steps above what you have and take good care of it to avoid future cracks or wear.
Stains are a part of countertops, and most have methods of removing them. But if you’ve finally been challenged and defeated by stubborn stains, it may be time to get replacements. Eventually, your countertops will wear down and no amount of scrubbing or sealing can help. This is especially true if you inherited countertops with the home when you bought it. Do research on your countertop type to make sure you’ve exhausted all options before tearing them out. Higher grade levels of granite, quartz and marble are worth the investment.
You Want a Value Upgrade
Sometimes there’s nothing obviously wrong with your counter tops. They function and aren’t damaged, but you’re thinking of selling your home soon. Upgrading your countertops is a great investment in the value of your home before selling it. If you’ve got room in your budget, a few months before going to market is a great time to upgrade the counters in your kitchen or bathroom. New granite countertops are an instant draw.
What can I use to get stains out?
If you’re too nervous about buying a commercial cleaning solution, you can make your own stain remover with baking soda and water. Apply it to stained areas and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off gently. If this and commercial products don’t work, it may be time to replace the counter.
What life events are good for getting new countertops?
There are many life events that are a great excuse for a countertop upgrade. However, if you’ve got a new member of the family, you might want to look at getting new countertops and expanding their surface area. You’re going to need more space and want a material that can handle the extra wear and looks fabulous.
Questions on replacing your countertops? Talk to a countertop professional about your upgrade and replacement options.
The best place to start with your kitchen or bathroom remodel is with an experienced and reputable countertop fabricator and installer. If you live in the Austin area, Texas Granite Group is happy to help! We have everything you need to make your vision come true. Our experienced team has been installing and fabricating countertops for over 20 years making us one of Texas’s premier countertop fabricators.
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