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To Replace Or To Repair: What Should You Do With Old Countertops

Stone countertops add an aesthetically pleasing finish to your kitchens. They’re also durable and can last a decade if taken care of properly. That’s why, depending on the kind of slab installation you have, there are some general repairs you can do to extend the life of your countertop. This guide will help you figure out what sort of restoration you should opt for.  

The Basics of Resealing Old Countertops

Every type of stone has some pores in its structure, including your countertops. That’s why they have a seal on top to prevent water from seeping in and damaging the slab. So it’s important to periodically check the top seal to make sure you aren’t causing extensive damage to your countertop. A simple way of doing so is by splashing the counter with some water and if the water beads remain on the surface, you’re all good. But if the water is absorbed, then you’ll need to apply a coat of sealant to reseal the top layer.

What If Resealing Isn’t Enough?

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Stone countertops are quite durable, but over time, you’ll notice some scratches and other minor damages here and there on your countertop. Don’t be alarmed! It’s common for countertops to need some basic restoration after extensive use. You could simply fill the small dents with resin or epoxy, the same color as your counter. Let it dry overnight, sand the surface to make it even, clean it thoroughly, and then apply a generous coat of sealant and you’re good to go.

When Is It Time To Replace The Countertop?

What if doing all of the above isn’t enough? After 10-15 years, your countertop can develop large cracks even if you took care of it properly. In some cases, it can also break off from the corners. This can be dangerous, so it’s best to consult a professional who can guide you on replacement options for your countertop. But, as a general rule, it’s better if you opt for a high-quality slab with a reasonable amount of thickness; otherwise, you’ll find yourself needing to replace your new countertop earlier than usual.

If you want to know more about your replacement options, take a look at our collections. We’re a family-owned business in the East Bay Area with thirty years of experience in stone installation. Check out our services page to decide if you need re-surfacing or re-fabrication services for your kitchen or reach out to us today to get an expert’s opinion.

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