Countertops can completely transform the look of a room and, when properly maintained, can last decades. However, even with proper maintenance, time can take a toll on your home. If your countertops are showing signs of wear, it may be time to consider getting new ones, and granite countertops are one of the best choices out there, offering durability, simple maintenance, and a beautiful look.
At GranitePro, we are here to help you find the best granite options for your home. With our foremost experts and years of experience, GranitePro can help you choose, install, and maintain new granite countertops, keeping your house looking better than ever. Call GranitePro at 410.870.8546 to learn more about our countertop options.
When Is It Time for New Countertops?
New countertops are a great investment in any home, but the process may seem daunting for many families. It helps to identify the circumstances in which new counters are needed, whether it is age, wear and tear, or simply updating the look of your home.
If you’ve lived in your home for a while, your countertops may be showing their age. Old and outdated styles can hamper a room’s look, and the counters themselves may prove to be less durable as time goes on. If this is the case in your home, granite counters are a great choice to upgrade with. On average, they should last between 10-15 years, provided they are properly maintained and granite has a timeless look, keeping the room fresh and modern. What is more, the durability and easy maintenance that granite counters offer make it easy to get the most out of your counters over the years. A few simple maintenance steps you can take are:
- Clean regularly with mild soap and water
- Avoid harsh cleaning solutions or scrubbing tools
- Do not cut directly on the surface of the counter
- Wipe up spills immediately
- Reseal the granite when necessary.
If your countertops are beginning to show visible signs of wear, that should be your first indicator to start thinking about a replacement. Some of the first indicators you may notice include:
- Stains or burns – If a food stain seeps into the granite or a hot pan leaves a burn mark, chances are they are not repairable. In these cases, you may have to replace the entire counter depending on the extent of the damage.
- Structural damage – Water damage, mold, fire, or harsh impacts all can damage your counter’s supportive structure, which can lead to danger for your family or damage to the countertop itself.
- Cracks in the counter – Low-end or poorly maintained countertops may form cracks that make cleaning difficult or make injury more likely. If there are severe cracks, you almost certainly will need to replace the countertop.
Updating Your Home
Sometimes, you may simply want to update your kitchen or bathroom’s look, whether because the style is not to your taste or you are hoping to sell your house. If you hope to sell your house, granite counters are a great way to add value to the home and make it an attractive option to potential buyers. Kitchens are among the most important rooms for homebuyers, so high-quality countertops can net you more money for your home and make the selling process faster.
Signs Your Granite Countertops Need A New Coat Of Sealant
If you already have granite countertops, you may not need to replace them entirely. All granite is sealed during the installation, giving it added protection against damage. In many cases, minor wear and tear can be fixed by simply getting a new coat of sealant rather than replacing the entire countertop. If it has been a few years since your last coat of sealant and you begin to notice scratches and etch marks or moisture rings from glasses on your counter, these are clear signs your sealant is wearing off. Act quickly before any damage becomes permanent.
Learn More About Granite Installation at GranitePro
Granite countertops are among the best investments you can make for your home and can last you for years to come. If you have been noticing any of these signs on your countertops, GranitePro can help guide you in protecting or upgrading your counters.