From hot dishes to sharp knives, kitchen benchtops take a lot of abuse over the years. No matter how careful you are or how tough a benchtop material you invest in, you're eventually going to start thinking that they look a little worn. From scratches to burns to outright chips, there are plenty of reasons to make a change.
When people reach that point, they often decide to replace the benchtop without really giving any thought to the idea of having it resurfaced instead. Nearly all benchtop materials can be resurfaced, and there are plenty of great reasons to resurface instead of replace. Here are just four.
1. You'll Save Money
Probably the most compelling reason to resurface instead of replace is being able to reinvent your benchtops at a fraction of the cost. When you replace your benchtops, you'll have to pay for far more raw materials, and the work will take longer. That means that you're going to have to spend a lot more, and you may find yourself facing certain hidden costs you failed to consider, such as disposal fees. Resurfacing is a far cheaper option.
2. You'll Save Mess and Fuss
Having your benchtops completely replaced is quite a large undertaking. There is a lot of mess involved, and it's a very disruptive process. You can count on having your kitchen out of action for at least a few days. That's never ideal, but it can be particularly stressful if you have a family. Resurfacing doesn't take as long and creates very little mess. You should have your kitchen back to normal in just a day.
3. You Have Lots of Options
Resurfacing probably sounds like the older surface just gets a bit of TLC, but actually you can completely change the appearance of your benchtops. You can change the colour scheme or add a thin layer of another material over the top. It's not just about getting rid of those chips and scratches – you can have your benchtops looking like they really have been completely replaced.
4. Replacement is Often Unnecessary
Finally, keep in mind that benchtops rarely actually need to be replaced. Most surfaces are very thick and strong. They might have taken a little bit of superficial damage, but the structure itself will be durable enough to last many years into the future. Getting rid of those benchtops entirely is completely unnecessary, and it's also a little wasteful.