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How to Update Your Home’s Countertops

home-countertops How to Update Your Countertops
Is it time to update the countertops?

Maybe they’re the same ones you had when you moved in and they’re looking worn. Or maybe you’re getting ready to sell your house and want to make updates that will increase your property’s value. Or perhaps you simply want to change the aesthetics of your kitchen for your own enjoyment, and for when guests come to visit (the holidays are right around the corner).

Whatever the reason, in this article we’ll offer practical tips on how to update your home’s countertops.

Choosing a Countertop Material


Countertops really “make” your kitchen, since they draw most of your attention when preparing meals or enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning. In addition, they’re an investment that take some time and labor to install. That’s why you want to choose something you know you can commit to for the long run! Popular materials that homeowners choose when upgrading their countertops include:
  • Granite
  • Prefabricated Granite
  • Onyx
Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail.

Granite

Granite is everyone’s favorite countertop material, and it’s easy to see why! The vivid colors and overall beauty of this natural stone gives the kitchen a rich, upscale look. A few benefits of granite include:
  • Scratch, stain, and heat resistance
  • Protection against mold and mildew
  • Comes in a variety of different patterns and colors to suit any style
  • Helps attracts a buyer quickly should you decide to sell your home, due to its universal appeal
Just make sure you use a cleaner that’s made specifically for natural stone materials so that you don’t affect the sealant. Granite is typically coated with a sealant to protect it from possible staining, in case anything is accidentally spilled on it. Other than that, there’s virtually no maintenance required!

Granite countertops are a durable, beautiful countertop material that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Prefabricated Granite

What’s the difference between granite and prefabricated granite? Prefabricated granite is granite that comes in slabs that are pre-cut to fit most standard kitchens and bathrooms. Here’s a few advantages to choosing prefabricated granite:
  • Cost effective alternative if you don’t have the budget for regular granite
  • Quicker installation time means your kitchen won’t be torn up for as long—great for a last minute project
  • Comes in a variety of patterns and colors
Because this type of stone is already pre-cut, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll find the color or pattern you’re looking for at any given time. Your best bet is to check online or visit Imperial Wholesale to see your options and talk to one of our experts. We’ll help you get exactly what you’re looking for!

Onyx

Looking for an alternative to granite? Then you should take a look at a sleek, sophisticated material: onyx.

There’s really no material like that of this precious gem, which gets its look from sedimentary stone transformed by volcanic heat. This process gives onyx a nice, luminescent quality. If you have backlighting, you can actually make your onyx countertops “glow.” It’s a unique effect!

Here’s a few benefits of choosing onyx:
  • Brightens up a room in a way you don’t get from other materials
  • Since it’s a rare stone, it will really set your home apart from others
  • In general, you can find it in almost any color you like
As with granite, you’ll need to use a natural stone cleaner to keep your onyx looking like new. And because it’s a rare stone, sometimes your choices will be more limited in terms of colors and styles. But if you’re patient and have the budget for it, you’ll love the value onyx will add to your home!

Other Considerations


Deciding which countertop is right for you depends on a couple different factors:
  1. Your style
  2. Your budget
Style is obviously a personal choice, and includes both your personal preferences and the style of your home. For help determining how to choose new countertops based on your home’s style, read the article What Countertop is Right for My Home’s Style?

Your budget includes what you want to spend on countertop updates in terms of both money, and time. It takes time to shop for the right stone, for the stone to be prepared, and then for it to be installed—which will require you to be available at the time of installation.

From start to finish, the entire process could take weeks to complete depending on the size of the project, so if you have guests visiting in the near future you’ll want to plan accordingly.

Keep in mind that you may also want to update other fixtures in the kitchen, such as the sink, to go with the new counters. This will of course mean additional time and expense for installation. Be sure to account for all costs involved in the project so you’re not caught off guard, which could result in delays—and headaches!

DIY Option


Short on time or just looking for a DIY option that allows you to keep your current countertops? Why not make your own tile countertop? You can create the same look as granite or onyx by using tile as your material. Or you can create a different look with marble, travertine, or even mosaic tile. Tile is durable, looks great, and is relatively easy to install.

Learn what materials you need and get step-by-step instructions in HGTV’s article on How to Tile a Countertop.

Next Steps


Now that you have a better idea of your options for updating your countertops, plus other considerations such as style and budget, it’s time to get started! Take a glance through our online gallery for inspiration, or come visit us at one of our two Phoenix locations to talk with an expert.

Home remodeling projects can be a challenge—but working with Imperial Wholesale makes it a fun, simple, and rewarding experience.