02 | 28 | 2012Is a countertop replacement a good idea?
Countertop replacements can be a cost effective way to increase the value of your kitchen. This is a fairly simple process with minimal down-time.
In most cases, we are able to template for your new countertops without removing your existing countertops and sink. This allows you full use of the kitchen while the new tops are made at the factory.
Once the fabrication is complete we would return to remove the existing tops and install the new tops. This process requires less than one day, allowing the plumber to return promptly that day for the re-connection of the sink, faucet, and the dishwasher. With this system, you are back with full use of your kitchen that same evening.
When is it not cost effective to replace my countertops?
This is a question many clients do not think of. A Granite, Quartz, or Corian countertop is not a small purchase. Thought should be put in to the future plans you have for your home. Do you plan to be there long term? Will you be selling the property? What condition is the cabinetry in? Do you like the cabinetry?
Cabinets are the “foundation” of your kitchen. Just like the foundation of your home, the cabinetry should provide a solid base for your new countertops. Prior to shopping for countertops, take a good look inside your cabinetry for signs of deterioration. The most common areas to find damage are the sink cabinet and the cabinets to either side of the dishwasher. If you have some concerns you should get a professional opinion. Most companies will do this at no charge to you.
If you are staying long-term you should be sure that the cabinetry is staying too! If you anticipate replacing the cabinetry in the future, a premium countertop replacement may not be right for you. Once installed, the new tops are not easily removed and may not fit with a new kitchen design or layout. The same concerns should be considered if you are selling the property.
Signs of deterioration, or a general dislike for the style/color of the existing cabinetry should be addressed prior to countertop selection. It is always best to work from the foundation up, not from the roof down. In this case, the best use of your remodeling budget would be to replace the existing cabinetry first. You can then install an inexpensive laminate top that can be easily replaced at a later date.
If you have solid cabinetry and you do not anticipate changing the style or colors, a countertop replacement is a great way to increase the value and appeal of your home.