What to Know before Replacing Your Kitchen Countertops

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When you walk into your kitchen, the first thing you notice is the countertops—and at Wallstone Stone Countertops, we want you to notice them because you love them, not because you hate them.

Even if you do hate them, you might be overwhelmed with the prospect of a full-on countertop replacement. Replacing kitchen counters can be time-consuming, stressful, and expensive—and it takes some serious thought. Before you buy, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got everything in order.

We put this guide together to make the replacement process a little easier.

Ask Yourself . . .

There are a few helpful questions that you should ask yourself before you take the first step of your countertop replacement—before you even choose the material you want to use.

Having answers to these questions will make your life a whole lot easier:

– Do I like my current material?
– What does my budget look like?
– What is my desired maintenance level?

Keep the answers in mind as you move forward.

Countertop Material

The material that you use for your kitchen countertop replacement should be your first priority—pick something that you absolutely love and that will tie the room together.

If you’re happy with the material that you’ve been using, you’re good to go—all you have to worry about is choosing a new pattern and coloration. If you’re not happy with the current material, though, you should know what options you have.

Countertop Options

At Wallstone Stone Countertops, we offer both engineered and natural stone.

Natural Stone—Granite, marble, quartzite.

Granite, marble, and quartzite are the natural stones that we offer. They are all sophisticated stones that come in completely unique colorations and patterns, and each can raise the resale value of your home. All three of these stones are porous and require a sealing routine in order to keep them looking beautiful and performing as they should.

Engineered Stone—Quartz.

Quartz countertops are man-made, nonporous material composed of 90 percent natural quartz and 10 percent polymers and resins. They don’t have the same natural look as natural stones, and their patterns are more uniform and predictable, but they do not require sealant and are much more difficult to crack.

The one downside of quartz is that it should not be placed in direct sunlight, as the resins in its composition will cause the coloring to fade.

The Look of Your Kitchen

In a perfect world, we could simply replace the kitchen counters and leave it at that, but the truth is that there’s usually much more that goes into this type of project. Unless you’re doing a full kitchen remodel that involves painting cabinets and changing the flooring, you’ll want to match your new countertop slab to what already exists in your kitchen.

For some, this could involve investing in a cohesive backsplash that complements the countertop and the entire look of the kitchen. A backsplash is a great way to tie a ribbon on the room’s details and aesthetic as a whole.

One thing to keep in mind is your under-cabinet lighting. If you had under-cabinet lighting before with a dull countertop, you probably didn’t put much thought into it. But if you install a shiny new stone beneath your under-cabinet lighting, you’ll notice quite a glare. This is something to keep in mind when you’re moving things around and getting used to your space again.

Don’t Forget to Measure

After you’ve gotten settled with the material that you want, you need to measure your space. Measuring is how to make sure that you get everything exactly right with your new countertop.

Having accurate measurements before you go shopping will save you and the fabricators loads of time and many headaches. To get the most precise measurements, divide your counter into rectangular sections and measure those.

Making the Decision

We want your choice to replace your kitchen countertops to be the best you’ve ever made. To get started on your replacement today, get in touch with Wallstone Stone Countertops for a consultation.

Try Our Countertop Visualizer

Our 3D visualizer lets you view and compare different types of granite, marble, and quartz countertops. See them side-by-side with different backsplash and cabinet combinations!

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