Whether you have spent years using your kitchen countertop or are moving into a home that has worn kitchen surfaces, there comes a time when the average countertop must be replaced. The good news is that with a multitude of colors, textures and surface materials, choosing a countertop has never been easier.
Before you choose to fully replace your countertop, make sure the damage is not something that can be fixed. Laminate countertops that have suffered scratches and chips can often be fixed with a polish or putty, while stone surfaces can be fixed with a bit of epoxy. On the other hand, tile countertops often only require the simple replacement of one or two tiles rather than swapping the entire surface.
However, if replacing the countertop is inevitable, then it is important to consider how the need to buy a new surface came about in the first place. If you are simply seeking a new countertop, then consider laminate, granite, tiles and Formica as surface options. If your laminate countertop could not withstand the wear and tear of regular food preparation, then perhaps you need to consider a more durable surface, like granite or Corian.
On the other hand, if you need to immediately replace your countertop and your budget won't allow for a big investment, then you may want to choose laminate or Formica in lieu of more pricey options. Both of these surfaces will provide you with a fresh new look while keeping the cost relatively low.
For a budget-conscious kitchen countertop, consider painting over your current surface for a fresh, cost-efficient option.
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