Are you looking for a potentially cheaper alternative to having the look of beautiful granite countertops? Do you already have an older countertop that is ready to be replaced? If you are considering faux granite countertops, let’s take a look at some important information to help you make your final decision.
1. Options and Installation
There are a few installation, or transformation, possibilities when selecting the faux granite look, ranging from seemingly simple to slightly more complex. One option involves applying a contact paper-like product to a completely smoothed and cleaned surface. With this approach, the product is measured, cut, carefully applied to the counter, and then smoothed into place.
Another option entails using primers, acrylic paints, paintbrushes and sponges, as well as epoxy. By referencing a piece of genuine granite and some do-it-yourself websites, this method involves painting the look of granite onto the countertop. Either option will require personal involvement, a careful eye to detail, and a good amount of time, due to the hands-on nature of the project.
2. The Look
Compared to the old countertop, the faux look will definitely win the beauty contest. But, how do faux granite countertops look compared to solid surface or genuine granite? Depending on how carefully the faux granite was applied or painted, the appearance could be very similar to the genuine product. On the other hand, the length of time that has passed since the original transformation, or how well the converted countertop has been maintained, might give the reproduction away or show imperfections.
3. Use and Maintenance
When compared to the durability of solid surface and genuine granite countertops, faux granite will certainly require some tender loving care. Faux granite countertops can be more susceptible to burns, cuts, and scrapes, so an important reminder is to be careful when using the countertop. Take precautions before utilizing hot or sharp objects on the surface. Further, regular cleaning and upkeep, such as dent refilling, repainting, or application of sealants, will help to lengthen the life of the look.
How long faux granite countertops will last depends on how well the product was applied and how well the countertop is maintained. Greater care equates to longer life, even several years, but faux granite will not last as long as genuine granite or solid surface countertops.
5. Cost and Value
Unquestionably, faux granite is much cheaper than genuine granite. Supplies for the products and tools to create the look of faux granite could be less than $100. Cost versus value is a determining factor in the long-term. Although well-maintained faux granite countertops could provide years of beauty and use, solid surface and genuine granite countertops will ultimately add more value to your home.
At the end of the day, if you are the type of person that enjoys an artistic project and takes pride in adding unique and personal effects to your home and work space, while also working within a budget, then faux granite countertops may be the way to go. However, if you want a no-fuss, long-lasting, and inherently beautiful countertop that will add value to your home, then solid surface or genuine granite should be considered.
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