Every home kitchen and most bathrooms are built with countertops. Stone countertops are the perfect work surface and excellently top waist-high wooden cabinets. They are smooth, beautiful, and useful. Most stone countertops add a subtle elegance to any kitchen or bathroom design. Replacing your countertops is also one of the leading remodeling projects to reinvent your kitchen and bathroom spaces.
So why do homeowners choose to install new countertops when they already have countertops in the home? Each remodeling project is unique, but we certainly know that reasons to replace countertops follow a few common trends. Countertops are replaced for reasons of both form and function and your reasons are your own. Let’s dive into the many inspirations for installing new countertops in your kitchen or bathroom.
1) Cracks in the Old Countertop
The first and leading reason why to replace countertops is simply that your counters are already damaged. A crack down your stone countertop isn’t just a visual blemish, it can also be a dangerous sharp edge, ready to catch clothing or skin with every pass. Cracked countertops or counter tile is no one’s idea of dream kitchen, and neither is eroding counter edges. If you have a cracked countertop, the best answer is usually to install a brand new unblemished countertop instead of living with that ever-lengthening crack.
2) Rebuilding Your Cabinetry Design
It is possible to remodel your kitchen or bathroom and keep the countertops, but not if you’re also rebuilding the cabinetry. Stone coutnertops are cut to the precise size and shape of your cabinet-tops. Change the shape and design of your cabinets and you also change the shape of countertops that you need. If you are creating a gap, extending your counters, moving the stove, or completely reinventing your kitchen, you will likely need new countertops. And those countertops might as well be beautiful.
3) To Match the New Island Countertop
Installing a new island in your kitchen is also a great reason to replace all of your countertops. You’re going to need a new countertop surface for the island, so naturally, you want the rest of your counters to match. Adding an island to your kitchen is the perfect opportunity to fully upgrade your kitchen’s look and feel. You can repaint your existing cabinetry and choose a countertop that looks beautiful on the island and throughout your kitchen counters.
4) Stained or Discolored Countertops
Countertops can become discolored and damaged over time and in cases of misuse, and this is a powerful reason to replace your counters with new, undamaged stone. Any countertops scorched by un-protected hot pans or stained by careless spills of color-rich liquids can permanently reduce the beauty of your kitchen or bathroom countertops. A new countertop allows you to reinvent your space and get rid of current counter flaws.
5) Replacing Low-Quality Counter Materials
Of course, some homes did not have high quality countertops to start with. Many older homes were built with laminate or Formica countertops, both now recognizably less desirable in any house. Not only are laminate and Formica countertops known to be low-quality, but they also age poorly making them visibly less attractive over time. Any homeowner looking at shabby low value countertops has every reason to replace those counters with beautiful stone countertops. Replace every counter in your house, as Formica is rarely limited to one installation, reinventing your kitchen and every bathroom.
6) Changing the Color Scheme
Counters can also have a profound influence on the color scheme of your kitchen or bathroom. The counter, often a creamy neutral, contains shades of true color that should be reflected through the rest of the room’s interior design. If you are about to paint your bathroom an elegant dusty-rose, then marble countertops with pink veins might be the perfect remodeling choice. If you are about to design the azure-blue kitchen you’ve always wanted, then blue quartz could be your ideal countertop upgrade.
7) Dated Countertop Tiles
Some countertops announce the age of a house in a less-than-flattering manner. Countertops in colors that have fallen out of style, counters made of dated tile, and other styles that clearly show the counter’s age are bad for the overall appearance of the house. There is nothing worse in an otherwise elegant kitchen than a mismatched and dated countertop. This is an extremely common and motivating reason why homeowners choose to renovate their kitchens and bathrooms with new granite, marble, or quartz countertops.
8) Remodeling with New Fixtures and Features
Adding new features to your bathroom or kitchen can make new countertops an absolute necessity. Adding a second sink to the kitchen, for example, means you can and should install a new slab countertop that fits the new footprint of your counter design. Turning your bathroom into a double-sink or extending your bathroom counter creates a similar necessity. You can even install new features like a butcher-block cutting board or a built-in place for a large blender with a new countertop design.
9) Recovering from Fire and Smoke Damage
As durable as granite countertops may be, even granite can still take fire damage. Fire damage and smoke damage are common in small house-fire emergencies and can wreck the once-beautiful shine of your stone countertops. If your home has recently suffered from a fire or just from smoke damage, then it may be necessary to replace your countertops in the kitchen or bathroom.
10) Upgrading the Entire Kitchen or Bathroom
Last but certainly not least is a full upgrade renovation. If you are completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, the countertops are an important part of reinventing your space. A new choice of stone, new color, and a shining smooth new surface can help to transform the look and feel of any room you remodel. Upgrading your kitchen vastly benefits from new countertops and the counter is a vital accent in any bathroom with a classic sink-and-counter design.
Are you planning to renovate your kitchen or bathroom with all-new countertops? Whether you want classic granite counters, elegant marble counters, or modern quartz, we can help you choose the perfect counter design to best fit your kitchen or bathroom vision.