Kitchen Countertop Replacements

If simple repairs are not an option for your kitchen countertop, then you may have to consider replacing the surface.
Dark kitchen countertop

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Whether you have spent years using your kitchen countertop or are moving into a home that has worn kitchen surfaces, there comes a time when the average countertop must be replaced. The good news is that with a multitude of colors, textures and surface materials, choosing a countertop has never been easier.

Kitchen Countertop Alternatives

Glowing Glass

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Photo By: Right Angle Productions; Design By: Glassworks, Inc.

The Eco Edge

Photo By: Steve Silverman; Design By: Mackmiller Design+Build

Say Yes to Soapstone

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Photo By: Matt Villano Photography; Design By: Jarrett Design

Steely Resolve

Photo By: Kate Warren; Design By: Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Auto? Correct!

Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design

Clean and Streamlined

Photo By: Jill Greer

Engineered for Beauty

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Square Deal

Photo By: Vicki Morrow

Paper Works

Photo By: Treve Johnson; Design By: Mollyanne Sherman

Count on Copper

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Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Magnificent Marble

Wood on White

Photo By: Richard Leo Johnson; Design By: Historical Concepts Architecture & Planning

Blonde (Wood) Ambition

Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: The Sky is the Limit

A Twist on Granite

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Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: The Sky is the Limit Design

Leather or Not

Photo By: BREVIN BLACH

A Growing Trend

Photo By: Stephen Busken; Design By: Lori Dennis and SoCalContractor

Double Vision

Photo By: Nick Daunys; Design By: DW Design & Decor

Smorgasbord of Surfaces

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Photo By: Robert Radifera; Design By: Jim and Kay Rill of Rill Architects and Nadia and Richard Subaran of Aidan Design

Before you choose to fully replace your countertop, make sure the damage is not something that can be fixed. Laminate countertops that have suffered scratches and chips can often be fixed with a polish or putty, while stone surfaces can be fixed with a bit of epoxy. On the other hand, tile countertops often only require the simple replacement of one or two tiles rather than swapping the entire surface.

However, if replacing the countertop is inevitable, then it is important to consider how the need to buy a new surface came about in the first place. If you are simply seeking a new countertop, then consider laminate, granite, tiles and Formica as surface options. If your laminate countertop could not withstand the wear and tear of regular food preparation, then perhaps you need to consider a more durable surface, like granite or Corian.

On the other hand, if you need to immediately replace your countertop and your budget won't allow for a big investment, then you may want to choose laminate or Formica in lieu of more pricey options. Both of these surfaces will provide you with a fresh new look while keeping the cost relatively low.

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