When undertaking remodeling projects, an important part of the planning is to set your budget and try to stick to it. Prioritize what is the most important part of the project and will probably require the largest percentage of your budget, and then see if you can economize in other areas. In a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, one area you may be able to save money on is the countertops. If your countertop is still in decent shape, you may be able to simply refinish the countertop instead of having to completely replace it.
Refinishing works well on many countertop surfaces, including tile, laminate countertops and cultured marble surfaces. Refinishing a countertop involves thoroughly cleaning the countertop with a chemical agent, roughing up the service by sanding it down, possibly using a bonding agent (depending upon the countertop surface) and applying a few coats of a quality acrylic.
Lest you think you’ll be limited to only a few style or color choices when you refinish your countertop, rest assured you will have a wide variety of colors and even textures to choose from. From light to dark, there is sure to be something to match your décor—even a granite and travertine look-a-like option.
Refinishing a countertop has several advantages over completely replacing one. First of all, it will save you money—usually between 30% to 50% over total replacement costs—and that takes into account having a professional counter top refinishing expert complete the job. This can be a definite plus when you’re trying to meet your remodeling project budget.
Next, a refinished countertop avoids much of the mess of demolition associated with replacing a countertop. You will not have to rip out the old countertop, so consequently you won’t have to deal with dust and building materials strewn throughout your kitchen. It is also a fairly quick project. You can usually begin light use of your countertop within 24 to 36 hours. You won’t have weeks of waiting until your kitchen is functional again.
A refinished countertop is also durable. It can last for 10 to 15 years when you maintain it. And don’t think countertops refinishing is just for kitchens. Wherever you have a countertop—including bathrooms and laminate bars—is a candidate for a quality refinish.
Consult a countertop refinishing expert to see some of the beautiful color samples and for an estimate for your remodeling project. You’ll have a like-new, sparkling countertop that will give you years of use at a fraction of the price of a new one.