Before You Replace Your Kitchen Countertops, Read This
Replacing kitchen counters is a big decision—and it’s not often easy to make.
Just as you can become “nose blind” to an unpleasant smell in your home, it’s also possible to become blind to the fact that your countertops need replacing, simply because you see them so often.
They’re the first thing you see when you walk into your kitchen, and we’re guessing you walk into your kitchen multiple times every single day. But if you’ve realized that your countertops need replacing and you’re intimidated by the decision, let us help.
Take a look at this guide we created to lead you through the process!
If you’re leaning toward replacing your kitchen counters, you might come to realize that the process is full of details. It’s time-consuming, stressful—not to mention you’re making a sizable investment. Something like this takes some serious thought, which is why it’s important to make sure that you’ve got all your ducks in a row before you dive into something so major.
In order to make the process a little simpler for you, Bellezza Artisan Stone Surfaces put this helpful guide together.
Questions to Ask
Before you take even the very first step of your kitchen countertop replacement, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself. These are questions you should have answers to before you even choose a material.
Here are those questions:
Do I enjoy looking at and using the material of my current kitchen counter?
What are my budget constraints?
What amount of maintenance am I willing to do on a day-to-day basis?
Answer these questions and keep those answers in mind as you move forward with your replacement.
Your Countertop Material
This is the most exciting part of the process, because most everyone likes picking out the material of their countertop. It should be something that you enjoy looking at, fits your lifestyle and your desired maintenance level. It should tie the whole room together!
Think back to the questions you asked yourself in the last section. If you’re happy with the current material of your kitchen countertop and you see no reason to change, you’re all set. You might have the urge to find a new pattern or color, but that is easy enough.
On the other hand, if you’re no longer satisfied with the material of your kitchen countertop, it’s time for a change—and that means you should know the options that are available to you.
At Bellezza Artisan Stone Surfaces, we offer a wide variety of natural and engineered stone.
These natural stones all have the ability to add quite a lot to your home—aesthetics-wise and value-wise. All of them are known for their luxurious, sophisticated appearances, and they come in a diverse range of colorations and patterns. It’s important to note that all three of these stones are porous, which means that they call for a sealing routine in order to keep them looking as gorgeous as they did on the day they were installed.
Our engineered stones include quartz and porcelain.
Quartz and porcelain are two man-made stones, and they are known for their low-maintenance and nonporous nature. Both of these stones are extremely durable, though porcelain has been known to stand up better to heat and direct sunlight—meaning that between these two stones, porcelain is the only one you should ever install outside. Quartz should always remain an indoor kitchen countertop.
Your Kitchen’s Look
Unless you’re gutting your kitchen and starting from the ground up, it’s likely that you’ll need to match your new countertops with fixtures that already exist in the room.
This might involve a cohesive backsplash that brings out colors in the countertop and other aspects of the kitchen. People love to use backsplashes as a way to tie the entire room together in a classy and functional way.
Under-cabinet lighting is also important to consider. If you have under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen and your previous countertop was dull, you probably didn’t think twice about your lighting. But with a new shiny countertop there will be a noticeable glare. This is something to keep in mind as you’re adjusting things and making decisions for your kitchen.
Replacing Your Countertops
Choosing to replace your kitchen countertops should be exciting. Let us make the process as enjoyable as possible for you at Bellezza Artisan Stone Surfaces. Get in touch with us today and tell us more about the replacement you’ve got in mind!
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