While high-quality kitchen countertops can last for decades, there may inevitably come a time when you need to consider having your counters replaced. If your counters are starting to look dingy, dated, or they are beginning to show signs of damage, then you may benefit from having them replaced. While replacing your kitchen counters may seem like a significant investment, this small change can not only transform the look of your entire kitchen, but it can even increase your home’s resale value. The reality is that any upgrades you make to your kitchen will provide a significant return on investment, making replacing your countertops a wise use of your money if your kitchen is looking worse for the wear. Yet, how will you know for sure if your countertops need replacing? Here is a look at a few signs indicating you should consider having new kitchen countertops installed.
There Are Cracks or Signs of Erosion
While uncommon in high-end countertops like granite and quartz, cheap countertops like those made from laminate may begin to show signs of damage such as cracks or even erosion over time. While some minor cracks may be able to be repaired or even polished out, it is often difficult to achieve a perfect color match, and larger cracks are often impossible to repair. Not only are countertops that have begun to crack and erode unsightly to look at, but they are also extremely difficult to clean, making them a breeding ground for bacteria. Considering that the last thing you want in a kitchen is unsightly, unsanitary countertops, you should plan to have your countertops replaced if they are showing extensive signs of damage. This will ensure that you have a safe, clean place to cook that is also visually appealing.
Your Counters Are Stained or Burned
In addition to cracks, other signs of damage indicating that it may be time to have your countertops replaced include stains and burns. Depending on the material your countertops are made from, they may be porous and are thus more susceptible to staining, discoloration, and other forms of damage. Whether these stains come from spilled coffee or red wine, or perhaps your countertops got burned when you accidentally put a hot pan on your counter without putting a towel down first, these stains can leave your kitchen looking dingy. While some stains can be scrubbed out, you may find over time that your counters begin to accumulate stains that simply won’t come out no matter how hard you try. If this is the case, and the stains on your countertops are so large and widespread that they have become difficult to hide, then it is likely best that you have your countertops replaced. When replacing your countertops, consider choosing something durable and non-porous like granite, which is highly resistant against staining, scratching, and heat damage.
Your Kitchen Looks Outdated
Of course, even if there is nothing functionally wrong with your countertops, you may still want to consider having them replaced if they have begun to look outdated. The reality is that styles change pretty frequently, and over the years your once trendy countertops may begin to make your kitchen look practically archaic. If your countertops make your kitchen look old and embarrassing, and you even find yourself avoiding having people over because of the way that your kitchen looks, then you may want to consider a change of countertops. There is no reason to put up with countertops you don’t like just because they are functional. The fact is that you will likely be surprised by the extent to which replacing your countertops will transform the look of your kitchen.
You Plan on Selling Your Home Soon
As we previously mentioned, new countertops can go a long way in adding to the value of your home. You may then want to consider having your countertops replaced if you are planning on selling your home in the near future. The fact is that kitchens are one of the biggest selling points for prospective homebuyers, and if your countertops make your kitchen look drab and outdated, you may actually have a hard time selling your home, as the thought of renovations may turn off prospective buyers. Thusly, in addition to increasing the value of your home, replacing your outdated countertops can actually make your home easier to sell. Upgrading to stone countertops will then not only make your kitchen pop and increase your home’s value, but it can also help your home stand out from the competition. New countertops will make your kitchen look modern and stylish, making it appealing to a wider range of potential buyers.
You Are Ready for a Change
Of course, even if your countertops aren’t that old and do not have any damage, you may simply want to consider having them replaced if you are ready for a change. Over time, you may find that your kitchen is not as appealing as it once was, and you may even find yourself eating out more as a result. Fortunately, if you are feeling as though your kitchen no longer matches your style, and you are in need of a change, replacing your countertops is a simple way to transform the look of your kitchen. Even if replacing your countertops is the only change you make to your kitchen, you will likely be surprised by the extent to which replacing your countertops can make your kitchen look brand new.
Ultimately, there is no wrong reason to have your countertops replaced. Whether they are structurally damaged, they are outdated, and they no longer suit you, choosing to have your old countertops replaced is a great way to instantly update your kitchen, turning it into a space you will want to spend time in with friends and family. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how you will know if it is time to replace your kitchen counters. If you’d like to start looking around now, take a look at our gallery to see our countertop selection.