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countertop refinishing - what you need to know

Countertop Refinishing: What You Need to Know

After a few years of use, countertops wear out just like anything else. Even if we use and care for them well, we might have to refinish or replace them. Here are a few things you need to know about refinishing that you might want to think about before deciding which option is best for your countertops.

To refinish your kitchen and bathroom countertops, you have to take off the old finish and put on a new one. This method can be used to make kitchen countertops, bathroom sink vanities made of cultured marble, and even breakfast bars.

Spend Less

Your countertop probably looks dull and rough around the edges, which is making your house feel old. It’s time to do something, and you have a lot of choices, but only a few dollars in your pocket. You can save money by refinishing your countertops instead of getting a whole new set. Also, refinishing your countertop can make it last 10 to 15 years longer.

Save Time

Aside from that, refinishing a countertop saves you a lot of time, about half as much as it would have taken to replace the whole thing. This is especially true if you are busy and use your home a lot. If you work from home or are a stay-at-home parent, replacing your counter will be a big pain. Replacing something takes a lot of time and space, but it makes sense if you want to change the way it looks and feels or upgrade the materials it is made of.

Avoid the Mess of Demolition

We’ve all been through that at some point, as long as we’ve owned a house for a while. Breaking off a small piece of something in a hose to fix it can sometimes cause problems we didn’t know we had. Even with careful estimates, it is impossible to know how long it will take or where it will move.

Material Dictates the Refinishing Process

There are different materials for countertops, and each one has its own style. Some materials are easy to refinish, and you can do it yourself. Others, on the other hand, are hard to work with and need to be done by professionals. These are some of the materials used to make countertops.

Natural Stone

New products make it easier to polish natural stone. There are a lot of DIY videos that can help you with the process. But if you aren’t sure about your DIY skills, don’t risk ruining property worth more than $5,000 just to save a few dollars.

Natural stone has 4 steps:

During the grinding step, the top thin layer is removed to make the countertop look like it’s brand new. Even though it’s easy, you need to be good at honing and polishing because a mistake could cost you a lot. If you keep up with the maintenance, a successful natural stone refinishing gives your countertop another 10 years or more.

Natural Stone

Wood is the easiest thing to fix up. Sand and complete. Also, a simple polish will do if the wood countertop isn’t too bad. You can rent a buffer and use a polyurethane finish. Wood is the easiest, but this next material is even easier.

Epoxy

Epoxy is the easiest to repair because it only needs one step. In this process, a new layer of epoxy is added to the surface. But if there is too much heat, epoxies can break down. So, it’s best to hire a professional to do the refinishing. If you still want to do it yourself, though, be careful and use trivets and other tools made to keep the epoxy from getting too hot.

DIY or Hire a Pro?

At that point, you decide whether to do the job yourself or hire someone else to do it. Refinishing a countertop takes time and care, so it shouldn’t be rushed. Also, think about the money. If you don’t have enough money to employ an expert, it’s preferable to do it yourself. But if you can’t do it yourself, you should put the project off for a while so you have time to save up for a pro. Depending on the type and size of countertop that needs work, that will cost between $250 and $700.

Experience

Whether you do the refinishing yourself or hire a professional, the most important thing is that the person has the experience, skills, and know-how to do the job. If you can do it yourself and have the right skills for the job, you should also think about how long it will take and if you have enough time to do it right.

Risks Involved

Even though refinishing countertops is easy, there are some things that could go wrong. First, it’s very important to use the right tools, since the wrong ones can damage the finish. This makes it easier for mold to grow and water damage to happen. Second, don’t use chemicals that can hurt your health over time, like those that can cause breathing problems or allergies.

In the end, some countertops don’t really need much more care than others. One example of a countertop that needs constant care is a bathtub. Reglazing a bathtub helps keep the floor from getting scratched or stained.