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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Countertop Surfaces

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At Fresh Floors & Surfaces, we also provide countertop surface installation services for homeowners in King County, Washington. Countertops take up the most space in the bathrooms and kitchens since they serve as the functional surface for various activities in the room. This includes food preparation, storage, and hygiene. However, many homeowners are unsure when is the right time to upgrade them.

Just like what we did for our top ten list for flooring, we conducted in-depth research and compiled the top five reasons why you should upgrade the countertop surfaces in your kitchen and bathrooms. We hope this list will provide helpful information for you and let you think about whether your countertop should be upgraded soon based on these reasons.


1. Your Countertop Surfaces are Damaged

Let's start with the obvious. Countertops are frequently used in both the kitchens and the bathrooms. However, they can't last forever and will eventually wear out after many years of usage.

Old countertop surfaces show visible signs of chips, cracks, and scratches, which can cause accidental cuts to your skin if you are not careful. Discoloration would occur if the countertops are exposed to direct sunlight for too long. There'll be burns and stain marks that are impossible to scrub off, especially if they appear near a cooktop. And there would be warping if your surface is made out of wood.

These damages can not only make your kitchen or bathroom countertops look unflattering, but they can also harbor harmful bacteria and mold that can affect the overall hygiene of the surface. Damaged surfaces can even compromise the structure and integrity of the countertop, which can lead to more significant issues down the line.

When planning to replace your countertop surfaces, we advise you to pick a material that is durable so it can withstand wear and tear for a long period. Our best recommendations are granite, laminate, and quartz.


2. Upgrade the Aesthetic

When it comes to redecorating a kitchen or a bathroom, both the floors and the countertops are commonly the first things that come to mind. However, while floors are the largest interior surface of the entire house, countertops are the most used and take up the most space. Because of this, a change in your countertop surfaces can heavily affect the look and feel of your kitchens and bathrooms.

Your current countertop surfaces might be an outdated style that not many people have in their homes anymore. But don't worry too much about it. There is a wide selection of material options in a handful of colors, textures, and patterns that you can choose to customize your countertops. Whether it's the rich veining of marble or the uniformity of quartz, they can help brighten the atmosphere of your bathrooms and kitchens.

If you are planning on replacing your countertop surfaces, we advise you to pick a material that reflects your style preferences and themes. It is your home, so you should decorate whatever fits you personally.


3. Improve Functionality

It's not just the aesthetic that a new countertop surface will affect your kitchen and bathrooms. There is also the functionality. The kitchen is where you’ll be cooking and preparing meals, while the bathroom is where you take care of your hygiene. The countertops are there so they can provide a large space for you to place your items while you are doing your everyday activities in those two rooms.

Your countertops should be upgraded when there is a major change in lifestyle for your home. If you are going to have another resident living with you, there should be more space for meal preparation and additional storage options that can better suit their needs. A change in countertop surfaces can also allow you to add any new fixtures and features in the kitchen and/or bathroom as part of the accommodation. Countertops also tend to stain, so try to find the right material that can be durable and easier to clean.

By investing in a functional countertop surface, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your countertops can withstand the rigors of daily life without compromising on performance or aesthetics.


4. Provide Better Indoor Air Quality

One thing that is often overlooked is that the materials used for the countertop surfaces can affect the air quality of the house.

Similar to what we previously wrote about flooring, some countertop materials may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). However, they can also have a flammable compound called formaldehyde. These toxic chemicals can pollute both the kitchens and bathrooms when they are released into the air. This can cause respiratory irritation, asthma attacks, and other health problems for the residents. The hot steam when you are using the stove to cook your meals can make things even worse since it can cause an increase in VOCs and formaldehyde in the kitchen.

To prevent the spread of these chemicals in your bathrooms and kitchens, you should switch to sustainable countertop surfaces. The most eco-friendly materials are typically those made from recyclable resources. Our recommendations include bamboo, ceramic tile, granite, recycled glass, recycled porcelain, and recycled quartz. These materials are durable and often require less energy to produce compared to non-sustainable materials like granite or marble. Since they are made from recyclable resources, they can reduce carbon footprint from transportation and minimize waste at the end of their lifespan.


5. Increase Property Value and Resale Potential

This should not come as a surprise considering we previously wrote how a change of flooring can affect the value of your property. Countertop surfaces play a crucial role in influencing the overall aesthetics and functionality of a kitchen or bathroom. But they can also impact the property value. In today's competitive real estate market, modern and well-maintained countertops are often seen as a reflection of the property's overall condition and can significantly influence buyers' decisions.

Kitchens are one of the major selling points since it is described as "the heart of a home". It is where family members gather together to begin their day, prepare meals, and bond with one another as they eat. Even if you live alone, your kitchen can still make you feel at home. And when you have guests over for a visit, the room where they would all hang out with you most would be the kitchen since it has a wide open space.

Bathrooms may be a place of privacy, but they can also provide comfort to the residents. It is where they begin and finish their day, take care of their hygiene, and have a safe space for relaxation and calmness. The bathrooms must be well-functional and clean since it is the most used room in the house.

Since countertops take up the most space, homebuyers would want to know if the surface materials can be practical for their daily activities around the house. They also would like to know if the previous homeowner has taken good care of the surfaces over the years before putting the house on the market. High-quality materials such as granite, quartz, or marble not only enhance the visual appeal but also offer durability and longevity. These surfaces are highly sought after by homebuyers due to their timeless elegance and ability to withstand daily wear and tear. This can give the impression of a more modern and well-maintained home to potential buyers.

So, if you ever plan on selling your home but want to know how to increase its value, you should consider changing your countertop surfaces. They can be a great long-term investment since your countertops can elevate both your bathroom and kitchen's aesthetic and functionality for future homeowners.


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