Having beautiful kitchen countertops is the key to having a beautiful kitchen in general—they can really bring the room together. But because a quality kitchen countertop is so integral to a nice-looking kitchen, deciding to replace them is a big deal and can be an overwhelming project to consider.
In order to avoid feeling bogged down by the decisions to be made, take some time before the project actually starts to get your thoughts (and budget and materials) in order. It’ll make the whole thing go much more smoothly.
In order to make this a seamless process for everyone involved, we’ve put together a short guide of what to consider before jumping headfirst into replacing your kitchen countertops.
Questions to Consider
Before you do anything, there are a few questions you must ask yourself. Once you have the answers, it’ll make the whole project a lot easier.
1. Do I like my current countertop material?
2. What is my budget?
3. How much time and upkeep am I willing to put into my new countertop?
Keep these answers in mind as you move forward.
The material that you choose for your new countertop is the most important decision you have to make. The material decides the maintenance of your countertop, its functionality, and the way it looks. Everything hinges on the material!
If you’re happy with the current material of your countertop, then you’re set to go. You might want to switch out colors or patterns, but there’s not much else to consider.
If you’re no longer happy with what you’ve got, though, there is a decision to be made.
Here are the countertop options that we offer at Cameo Countertops:
Laminate isn’t quite as popular as it once was, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice. It’s begun to see a resurgence in recent years, as there are many colors and patterns to choose from, and it does work well in certain homes. Although it’s difficult to repair if it’s chipped and doesn’t give off the same “polished” look of other countertops, it’s still a classic for many.
Granite and marble are both natural stones that are very popular in all different types of kitchens. They add class, sophistication, and a unique flair that no other material has. These two stones are quite heavy, so they typically call for a professional installation—but their heaviness is one of the many great things about them, along with their originality, versatility, and durability.
Quartz is an engineered stone that has skyrocketed in popularity because of its wide variety of colors and patterns. It’s easy to maintain, looks great in any kitchen, and is resistant to heat, stains, and liquid damage. Quartz is the perfect choice if you’re drawn to the beauty of natural stones but aren’t interested in their upkeep.
Solid surface was created in an attempt to mimic the look of stone, fabricated with resins and acrylics in order to create something that’s long lasting and easy to fix. One of solid surface’s vulnerabilities is heat, though, so you’ll always need a potholder handy.
Complete the Look
After you choose your countertop material, you have to consider the rest of the kitchen. Unless you’re doing a complete top-to-bottom renovation, you probably want to consider the cabinets, flooring, and backsplashes when choosing a color and pattern for your countertop. This shouldn’t be too hard to do, and the look of your seamless new kitchen will be enough to blow you away.
In order to make sure your new countertop fits perfectly, you’ve got to measure the space correctly. We recommend dividing your countertop into rectangular sections—if you have a curved countertop, they should also be measured as a rectangle (using the widest point of the curve), and ledges should always be included when measuring a square section.
After you’ve got measurements, all you need to do is give us a call and order!
There’s no one-size-fits-all for construction time when it comes to replacing kitchen counters. Smaller jobs usually just take about three to five hours (a bit longer if natural stone is involved), and bigger kitchens are somewhere around seven hours, but each installation is different. Don’t forget to take the timing of this process into account when organizing your project.
Let’s Get Started
With all of this information under your belt and an idea of what replacing kitchen countertops looks like, the project is hopefully a bit less overwhelming. We want our customers to be excited about new countertops, not stressed or worried about the end result. It’s a big choice, and it takes a considerable amount of thought, but Cameo Countertops will make sure that the end result is worth it.
Give us a call at (419) 865-6371 for a free quote.
We’re your neighborhood countertop provider. Cameo Countertops, Inc. has been serving Toledo and the surrounding areas since 1992. Our company is large enough to handle any size project, but not too big to offer each customer our full attention. Cameo Countertops, Inc. is family owned, family run, and we employ our neighbors as a part of our team. That is why our team cares about you and every other customer as we would our friends and family.