Are You Ready For Kitchen Countertop Replacement?

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Replacing Kitchen Countertops? Here's What You Need To Know

Your kitchen is probably one of the most-used rooms in your home. A functional kitchen is the cornerstone of any living space, and the countertops are a big part of that.

If you’ve had the same old countertops for a while and have noticed that they’ve grown damaged and dingy, it might be time to replace them.

And while you might think that’s a complicated process that takes up months of your time and creates a huge mess, that’s not how we do things at Upstate Granite and Marble.

Let’s walk through the process and get you ready for replacing kitchen counters!

Kitchen Countertop Replacement Options: Surfaces and Design

The first thing you need to do is think about what you want your new kitchen countertops to be like. Many of today’s homeowners opt for stone countertops, which are functional, gorgeous, and improve the value of your home.

When you’re considering stone, you have several options. Some of the most popular include:

  • Granite is a favorite for its durability and variety of colors and patterns. It’s resistant to scratches and heat, making it an excellent choice for a busy kitchen. Each granite slab is unique, offering a one-of-a-kind look for your home.
  • Marble is prized for its classic beauty and smooth, cool surface, ideal for baking. However, it is more porous than granite and can stain or etch if not properly sealed and maintained.
  • Quartz countertops are engineered from natural quartz crystals mixed with resin, creating a non-porous, stain-resistant surface that is also very durable. Quartz offers consistency in color and pattern, and it’s available in a wide range of styles.
  • Quartzite is a natural stone that combines the beauty of marble with the toughness of granite. It is highly durable and resistant to heat and scratches, though it does require regular sealing to prevent staining.
  • Soapstone is known for its smooth, matte feel and natural beauty. It’s heat resistant and doesn’t stain, but it is softer than other stones, making it more prone to scratches and dents over time. Soapstone develops a patina, which adds to its natural charm and rustic look.

If you’re not sure which stone would work best in your kitchen, your fabricator can help you choose.

Replacing Kitchen Counters: The Process

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Once you’ve gathered your thoughts about your kitchen countertop replacement, the next step is to contact a fabricator. A fabricator will guide you through the process, from selecting the right slab to installation.

Visiting a showroom is an essential part of this process. Showrooms allow you to see and feel the different materials, helping you make an informed decision. You can also discuss your design preferences and get expert advice on what will work best for your kitchen.

The fabricator will then visit your home to take precise measurements and assess any potential challenges. They’ll create a template to ensure the new countertops fit perfectly.

During this visit, they’ll also discuss details such as edge profiles, backsplash options, and any custom cutouts needed for sinks or appliances.

Professional Kitchen Countertop Replacement: The Smart Choice

While you might be tempted to try to save money with a DIY installation, the cost of replacing kitchen countertops in the long run will likely be lower with professional installation.

DIY efforts often lead to countertop damage, including broken slabs that aren’t covered by the warranty. And there are many other benefits to going with the pros instead of trying to do it yourself!

  • Precision and Expertise: Professional installers have extensive experience and the right tools to ensure precise cuts and fits. They can handle complex installations, including custom edges and seamless joins, which might be difficult for a DIY enthusiast.
  • Safety: Countertop materials are heavy and difficult to maneuver. Professional installers know how to safely transport and install large slabs, reducing the risk of injury and damage.
  • Efficiency: A professional team can complete the installation quickly and efficiently, minimizing the disruption to your home. What might take you several days or weeks to accomplish, professionals can often do in just a few hours.
  • Clean-Up: Installing countertops can be a messy job. Professional installers take care of the clean-up, leaving your kitchen ready for use immediately after the installation.

Replacing your kitchen countertops is a significant investment, and working with experienced professionals ensures you get the best results.

Contact Upstate Granite and Marble today for a free estimate. Let us help you bring your dream kitchen to life with stunning countertops that will serve as the perfect centerpiece for years to come.