No room in the home makes as great an impact as the kitchen, in visual value, or financial value. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest rooms to improve. Upgrades can be performed individually, over a period of time, and you can avoid the tremendous cost and inconvenience associated with a full remodel.
Your countertops say a great deal about your kitchen. If they are outdated or damaged, it can impact your entire kitchen’s value. Countertops are among one of the easiest elements to replace in a kitchen. New countertops can refresh the entire room. They add value and style to your home and can completely change the look of your kitchen. Kitchens are so valuable because they are an integral part of family life. A warm and inviting kitchen welcomes family members to gather. It’s often the first room people go to in the morning, and the last room they see at night.
Even the highest quality countertops are not impervious to time and wear. Here are 8 indications of when it’s time to replace your countertops.
You Can’t Get Your Countertops Clean
Your countertops should be intact. Countertops that feature cracks, dents, or holes are vulnerable to a build up of germs and viruses within the breaks. They can be transferred to the food you prepare on your counters, and then to your family.
Lower-end countertops are particularly susceptible to cracking as time passes. They can split or crack so far into the material that you can see wood or fibers. This can be quickly solved through the installation of high-quality countertops.
Your Countertops Show Stains Or Burn Marks
Stained countertops diminish your home’s overall value, even if the counters are in good structural shape. Stains make them appear outdated and cheap. The same can be said of burn marks. Both flaws can have a negative impact on your kitchen’s appearance. There may be a possibility of spot repair; however, many repair solutions can be temporary fixes. You may find yourself having to repeat the “repair” several times a year. This can consume a good amount of time and money. You can replace your countertops easily and affordably with the right supplier.
You Need to Increase Your Home’s Value
One of the best ways to improve your home’s value is to improve the kitchen. New countertops are a surefire way to see rapid results. New countertops will drastically improve the look and feel of your kitchen. Many homebuyers are delighted to find they can sell their home faster and for more money just through a few kitchen improvements. The kitchen is one of the rooms in the house where even the slightest upgrade can make massive returns.
You Need a Quick, Cost-Effective Upgrade
A stylish and beautiful kitchen can change your home life. It will become a room you want to spend time in and enjoy. Many homeowners find they can simply replace their countertops to enjoy a kitchen that feels new and stylish. Even if they don’t perform any other upgrade, the visual impact is so dramatic it seems like an entirely new kitchen.
Your Countertops are Outdated
Outdated countertops can make your whole kitchen look outdated. Even if you have new appliances and a new sink, their impact will not be as noticeable as your countertops. Dated countertops also have a tendency to make your cabinets and flooring appear old. You can avoid this situation in the future by replacing your kitchen countertops with timeless, classic materials, such as granite or marble.
It’s never a good idea to follow the latest trends when it comes to your kitchen. Styles come and go far faster than we can follow. Marble and granite remain popular countertop materials for a reason. They’re strong, durable, and can withstand years of use.
Your kitchen has Structural or Smoke Damage
Even a small kitchen fire can cause smoke damage, or damage to your countertops’ structure. This form of replacement is often covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Flooding can also cause serious structural damage to kitchen countertops. These present a number of issues, and even dangers, if left alone.
In addition to making the whole kitchen appear damaged, there can be issues hiding under the surface. Moisture can travel down within any crack or hole in your countertop. Germs and bacteria can build up within these openings. Even a small area of damage can cause your entire countertop structure to warp over time. There are also issues with structure. Countertops that have been physically affected by water or fire can collapse. This can destroy much of your kitchenware, and can hurt your family. Older synthetic or engineered countertops can contain a variety of toxins that can be released into the air upon collapse. If your countertops have such damage, it’s better to replace them now, as opposed to when these serious problems develop.
You Need To Accommodate A Physical Handicap
If you have a physical issue, you already need countertops tailored towards your needs. The same is true of those who are new to such issues. This means they will have to be replaced to achieve the necessary accommodation. This is common for individuals who are tall, short, or who are bound to a wheelchair.
Creating a handicap-accessible home can seem daunting. Most parts of the home must be altered. The bathroom must be fitted with needed equipment, doors must be widened, but also your countertops need to be customized. Most countertops will need to be lowered a considerable amount, along with the kitchen sink, to accommodate a handicapped individual. New countertops do this with style and beauty.
You’re Remodeling Your Kitchen
New kitchen countertops are an imperative part of a new kitchen remodel. Old or dingy countertops can destroy the visual impact of the most beautiful remodel. Replacing your countertops is both a functional and aesthetic need. It can cost more, in time and labor, when you try to match old countertops, as opposed to just replacing all of them. It’s easier to match cabinets than countertops, particularly if they’re in a color or style that’s still commonly found. Countertops are not so easy. Many materials have a grain that must be matched. When you use natural materials, it can be even harder to find similar patterns or hues.
Arch City Granite is a leader in granite counter installation. We also offer high-quality solutions for marble and quartz countertops. We operate in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as the Southern Illinois area. Please explore our gallery to see previous examples of our work.