When Should You Refinish, Repair, or Replace Your Granite Countertops?
Granite countertops are pretty tough, but there comes a time that these beautiful surfaces might need a refresh. In extreme cases, your countertops might need to be replaced altogether. As a homeowner, it can be challenging to determine when you can just refinish the counters with a sealer, repair more significant problems, or replace the countertop when the granite can’t be saved.
When Should I Refinish My Granite Countertops?
Refinishing granite countertops requires you to clean the surface and reseal it. You can tell when your granite countertop requires a new layer of sealant by doing a simple water test. Drip a few drops of water onto the countertop. If it seeps into the stone, you will need to reseal the stone. If it stays beaded on the surface, the current sealer is still in good shape.
It is important that you stay on top of your sealer, because liquids, even water, could cause permanent damage to the stone. Fortunately, resealing granite is pretty simple.
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When Should I Repair My Granite Countertops?
Dings and scratches are bound to happen when countertops are frequently used. Kitchens frequently see a lot of use, and many homeowners express their frustration when dings or scratches appear on the granite countertops.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can fix up these small imperfections. Fill in deep scratches and dings with color-matching epoxy or resin. You can find these products at kitchen remodeling or home improvement stores.
Once you have applied the resin or epoxy, you will need to give it time to dry before sanding it down and resealing the area.
Large cracks in granite will require professional intervention. In some cases, you won’t be able to save the granite, and you will have to consider replacing the countertops.
When Should I Replace My Granite Countertops?
While granite countertops can last decades with proper care, you might find yourself in a position where replacing the countertops is the best option. If your countertop is cracked, stained, or otherwise damaged, replacing them can bring your kitchen back to life.
Replacing granite can cost between $45 and $200 per square foot. However, you have options. If you don’t want to replace your countertops with granite, consider quartz, quartzite, marble, concrete, or the many other options from which homeowners can choose.
Quick Tip: We don’t recommend trying to paint granite countertops. Often, this DIY project has less-than-desirable results.
Saving Money on Granite Countertops
When the time comes to replace your granite countertops, there are a few ways you can find a good bargain. You can look for remnants or discontinued styles that are typically offered at a discount. Wholesalers can also provide you a better deal on granite countertops.
Learn more about caring for granite countertops here. Call us today if you have any questions about the Rock Doctor line of products at 913-894-0288.