You will always have many different options to consider when selecting a new countertop for your kitchen. The process can admittedly be a bit overwhelming. Besides the actual look or build material of the countertops, you also have to take into consideration price and durability as well.
When to Replace
When should you replace the existing countertops in your kitchen? Technically you can replace them whenever you want to, such as if you would like to do a home remodel. Most people replace their countertops when they simple desire a new look, or if they would like to increase the overall value of their home.
You should also take action to replace your countertops if the existing countertop is constructed out of materials that are rater dated, such as tile or laminate, or if the countertops are showing excessive stains, burn marks, scratches, and other signs of physical degradation.
You truly do have no shortage of options for choosing a new countertop for your kitchen. You can go with natural stones such as granite or marble, both of which are bacteria and stain resistant. Granite will also not burn when it is exposed to heat. Another popular option is quartz, which is an engineered stone and is also one of the most durable options available. Quartz does not require sealant like natural stones do, and it is also resistant to heat and scratches.
Most stone options out on the market today will be great for a long lasting and durable countertop. But still, not all stone options will be perfect, and each have cons that you will need to research when choosing a countertop. For example, many countertops are vulnerable to heat, meaning that they will burn or discolor if you put a hot pan or pot directly into contact with the countertop. Other kinds of countertops may be heat resistant but are not resistant to scratches, and so you will have to be careful when cooking directly over them.
Maintaining a countertop will also be of the utmost importance, and the workers here at Cincinnati Granite Experts can easily pay your house a visit to analyze your countertops and determine what work needs to be done to it, if any. A regular maintenance practice that should be done for many different types of natural countertops is to apply sealant to it; this procedure should be completed at least once every year. Applying sealant is particularly important for protecting marble and granite from scratches, burns, and stains. Quartz countertops will not sealing, but they will still require cleaning regularly in order to prevent stains from discoloring the surface. Find out much more details about us.