If you’re like one of the millions of American homeowners, you’ve probably watched a home improvement show of one kind or another over the years. These experts bring valuable, tested, on-the-job tips, and recommendations to just about any home improvement project.
And new kitchen countertops rank right up there in the home improvement pantheon along with replacing a worn out and faded floor to laying new patio pavers.
If you’re thinking of replacing your kitchen countertops, we’ve pulled together the following five tips and suggestions from well-known experts within the home improvement community.
5 Home Improvement Tips From The Pros
1. Know Your Material Choices
HGTV suggests homeowners get familiar with the many options of materials available on the market today. Granite, quartz, soapstone, and marble are very popular choices that fit a range of budgets.
The trick is to select a material that not only fits with your budget but with the style and price point of your home as well – this will ensure you get the most value out of the money you’re investing.
We’ve created a free granite and quartz material guide to help you choose the right material for your kitchen counters!
2. Install A Backsplash
Design experts at This Old House explain that many people don’t even notice a kitchen's backsplash area, but this innocuous strip of wall running along the countertop surface can be prime real estate when upgrading your kitchen cabinets.
Choosing a glazed ceramic tile backsplash can add more visual interest to your new kitchen upgrade.
It’s also an easy-to-clean surface. If you’ve chosen a more natural, muted tone in your countertop selection, the backsplash is also an area where you can get creative with color and style that makes your kitchen pop – and would be a relatively easy design element to switch up on occasion.
3. Sink Some Style Into It
Another tip from HGTV is to get creative with your sink choice. From traditional farmhouse to industrial chic, there are many choices for your new sink:
- Modern designs
- Seamless sinks
- Built-in drain trays and prep boards and
- Multiple work zones
Choosing the right sink can really pull your countertop remodel together.
4. Edging: A Small, Yet Powerful, Finishing Touch
The edging you choose for your finished countertop might seem like a small detail, but it carries some pretty substantial weight. Not only does the edging put the right finishing touch on your projects, but it also defines your taste and style.
Our free Countertop Buying Guide covers everything you need to know about choosing countertops, including edging.
No matter your style, don’t overlook or shortchange yourself on this finish component.
5. Understand The Maintenance
Maintaining new kitchen countertops sometimes requires more than a simple wipe down. Professional renovator, Bob Villa states: “Different countertop materials have different maintenance and stain removal requirement.”
When replacing your kitchen countertops, keep in mind the maintenance involved, including daily cleaning and whether the material requires occasional and/or regular sealing, and how that may work with your lifestyle.
There’s a lot to remember when taking on the expense and challenges of replacing your old kitchen countertops with new materials and designs. It’s a big step, and you want to make the right choices, which is why we hope you found these pro tips helpful and informative
If you’re thinking of replacing your kitchen counters, contact the friendly pros at Crowley’s! We have a proven process that helps you get the kitchen of your dreams and a stress-free experience! Get a free quote today.