Countertop Resurfacing: What a New Homeowner Should Know

October 11, 2022

Old and outdated countertops can age your home and make it look unkept and unfinished, but new countertops can cost a pretty penny, and this isn't always an option for new homeowners. The good news is there are other options available besides tearing out your counters and starting from scratch. Countertop resurfacing and refinishing is a fantastic way to extend the life of your old countertops, making them look new and creating a whole different look and feel to the room they're located in. 

What Is Resurfacing?

Resurfacing your countertops is a process that fills in cuts and scrapes and applies an acrylic coating to the existing countertop. This process can be done with both kitchen and bathroom countertops made from Formica, cultured marble, and tile. 

The first step of the process is to clean the counters and fill in any damaged areas. Once the filler cures completely, the countertops are sanded down so they have the grit that the new surface can stick to. Then a bonding agent is applied, and the surfacing material is placed on top of the bonding agent. The homeowner can pick the color of the surfacing material and the flecks that are applied to it. Color matching can be done to match an existing color in the room or a paint sample. 

Finally, an acrylic topcoat is applied to protect the surface. Once it cures completely, usually in about three days, the counters can be used as normal. The process takes less than a week, and the homeowner has a new look and feel to their counters. 

These resurfaced countertops can extend the life of a countertop for ten years or more if they are taken care of properly. 

An Affordable Alternative

Countertop resurfacing is much more affordable than replacing countertops completely, especially if custom countertops are installed in the home. Homeowners can save 90% or more when choosing to resurface instead of replace since the installation time is much less. Also, the materials used are less expensive than new countertops, and the homeowner doesn't have to pay for the removal of the old counters. 

Resurfacing countertops is extremely helpful during a full remodel, as this money saver allows money to be spent elsewhere. 

The Eco-Friendly Option

Countertop resurfacing is a more environmentally friendly option than replacing counters completely. As we become more aware of the effects building and remodeling have on our earth, we understand that alternative options are sometimes better for saving our environment. Unfortunately, existing countertops end up in landfills, where they will sit for the rest of our lifetimes and even longer. By resurfacing, we can work together to significantly reduce the carbon footprints on the earth. 

Should I Resurface My Countertop?

If your countertop is structurally sound, there is no reason not to consider resurfacing as an option. The low-cost investment can bring your room back to life and save you money in the process. Countertop resurfacing is becoming the more popular alternative for new homeowners, as they are looking to bring their own style into their houses. 

If this is an option for your home, reach out to our experts at New Finish Tub and Counter. We've been helping people all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Wichita Falls, and Decatur areas of Texas fall in love with their homes all over again. Our team can offer advice and help you with color matching. If you have a kitchen or bathroom remodel in your future, get in touch for your free quote! We're happy to help!