As the kitchen is often the heart of the home, it should be a welcoming space that fits the needs of your family, as well as a space to entertain guests. Due to the amount of usage that kitchens face each day, countertops can become scratched, chipped, and suffer general damage, which not only impacts the overall appearance of the interior but also its hygiene and durability.
Unlike an entire kitchen renovation, replacing countertops is typically inexpensive, depending on which material you opt for, and as a result, can be a low-cost way of renovating the room. There are many reasons why you may need to replace your kitchen countertops, as follows:
Showing signs of wear and tear
If it has been some years since your kitchen was installed, it may be time to get a countertop upgrade. Regardless of how strong the material may be, it will start to suffer wear and tear over time. Laminate worktops, in particular, crack and scratch easily. While small cracks can be repaired if treated early, those which are left to develop into large crevices will not only impact the overall appearance of the worktop but can become extremely unhygienic by acting as a breeding ground for bacteria.
It’s also not uncommon for countertops to become discolored and burned during cooking. Typically, non-porous surfaces may stain easily from spillages, while laminate can easily endure burn damage from red-hot pans.
All interior décor goes out of style at some stage – there will come a day when even the most well-preserved countertops will need to be replaced. What may have been a hot trend almost a decade ago will eventually become old-fashioned and can look slightly out of place in a newly renovated home.
If you’re planning on putting your home on the market in the near future, a simple countertop update could make your property much more sellable and increase its value. As potential buyers typically consider the kitchen to be the most important room in the home, it is where you should be making most of your financial investments. A professional countertop installer such as Legacy Countertops will be able to offer expert advice on the most on-trend countertops for your home.
Installing new fittings
If you have recently installed some new fittings in your kitchen, new countertops are often necessary to achieve a streamlined finish. It may be the case that you’re looking to add an island to the center of the room or install a second sink into the existing work surfaces. If so, it would be much easier to replace all the countertops rather than trying to match the existing material.
Replacing poor quality materials
Properties built many decades ago were typically constructed with poor quality countertops such as Formica, which have now well and truly seen their day. Such materials are very rarely installed because they’re considered insubstantial for daily use. If your existing countertops are starting to wear down, it would be worth upgrading as soon as possible to make the best use of your kitchen.