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“DIY” countertops, such as pre-fabricated counters and paint-on granite kits, are growing in popularity. And we get why you might be tempted: stone countertops are an investment, and why not save a little cash for the rest of your kitchen or bathroom remodel?
But there are some major reasons why faux granite and DIY countertops are not worth your time, and why hiring a professional fabricator is always the safer option (literally and figuratively).
If you’re considering purchasing a pre-fabricated countertop and finishing the job yourself, you’re taking on exceptional risk – even if you have some carpentry or construction experience. An experienced stone fabricator understands the unique qualities of each stone, which affect the cutting technique and equipment needed.
A professional fabricator is also equipped and trained to handle large slabs of stone safely. If you attempt to install a countertop yourself, even with the help of all of your strongest friends, you could endanger yourself and others by not securing or moving the stone correctly.
Considerable time and dollar investment.
It’s easy to underestimate the time and dollar investment required for a pre-fabricated slab. Keep in mind that you will have to purchase high-grade measurement equipment, cutting tools, and safety equipment in order to create your sink cut-out – tools that most of us don’t have lying around.
Other options, such as granite painting kits, also require a considerable amount of time on your part, and often require you to purchase your own protective gear to shield you and the rest of your space, like the floors, cabinets, and sink.
You won’t get the same results.
Short-term solutions such as painting kits only go so far in replicating the look of stone, for obvious reasons. You might be happy with the initial results, but keep in mind that this material will scratch and stain easily.
When working with a good fabricator, you have the added benefit of a professional who will match veins across seams whenever possible. When working with pre-fabricated pieces, you will not have the same control over the finished product.
A professionally fabricated countertop adds value to your home.
You might be so sick of your current countertops that you’re willing to settle for a short-term fix – but a potential home buyer probably won’t be.
Homes with professionally fabricated countertops and vanities, whether they’re made of granite, marble, quartz, or any other long-lasting material, are typically worth more. You may not be ready to sell just yet, but true granite countertops that are precisely cut for your space will make a huge difference in the overall look of the room, and signal to buyers that you invested in the home – even 10 years down the line.
The choice to get new countertops is a big decision. We encourage you to do your research so you fully understand the pros and cons of DIY countertops compared to real granite. And as always, a Stone Interiors representative would be happy to help walk you through the many options out there before your decision is “set in stone.”
A Scratch in painted countertops, courtesy of Ugly Duckling House