Kitchen Benchtops

What is the Process for Kitchen Benchtop Replacement? [Your 8-Step Guide]

Looking to update your kitchen, but not wanting to execute a full remodel? We get it. When you want to keep costs down without sacrificing results, a kitchen benchtop replacement can be a great place to start. For one, a new countertop can instantly improve the resale value of your home. What’s more, installing a beautiful and high quality kitchen benchtop can increase the aesthetic value of your space and give your kitchen an immediate facelift. But is this popular home improvement project difficult, stressful, or expensive? We’ll answer all of those questions (and plenty more). Here’s everything you should know about the process. kitchen benchtops

How do you know if you should replace your kitchen benchtop?

Thinking about replacing your kitchen benchtop – or doing something to take your kitchen to the next level? Well, there are some clear signs that a benchtop replacement might be the best thing for your space, including:

Extreme Fading or Staining

Over the years, it’s easy for stains and scuffs to build up on your kitchen benchtop. After all, your kitchen is likely to face coffee spills, lemon juice, scrapes, and more. If your benchtop is new-ish, or properly sealed, you can deal with these issues easily. However, if it’s an old countertop and it looks dull and damaged, a replacement might be more appropriate. After all, an extra dingy countertop can not only impact your room’s appearance, but also decrease your home’s overall resale value and appeal.

Significant Cracking

In the same vein, a cracked benchtop can be a big no-no. For one, this can be a safety hazard for you and your loved ones. It can also be a sign that you’re dealing with a low-quality, cheap countertop. Luckily, that can be easily fixed with a replacement from your local Perth benchtop experts (*cough* us).

Out-of-Date Design

Finally, if your countertop is looking totally out of date, it can negatively impact your resale value and lead to some significant functional concerns. A replacement is the easiest fix. How to prepare for your kitchen benchtop replacement? Think that a kitchen benchtop replacement is the right choice for you? Perfect. Then it’s time to prepare and make sure that your construction team has all the right information. Otherwise, you could get caught off guard or face some unforeseen issues. Specifically, you’ll want to make sure that your team has: An accurate sketch and benchtop template: If you want your kitchen to look the same, then your existing benchtop dimensions can be used as the template. This is the most straightforward and simple option. Benchtop support: Dishwashers, for example, cannot support benchtops. You’ll want to make sure that your construction team keeps this in mind and has the correct support in place. The details figured out: including benchtop overhang, how much of the sink will show, and what the benchtop seams will look like. These details must be determined ahead of time to ensure that your expectations are met. Plumbing challenges accounted for: You don’t want to run into a burst pipe or plumbing problem mid-replacement, so make sure you get in touch with a reliable Perth team to avoid any expensive headaches.

8 simple steps to replacing your kitchen benchtop

When it’s time to replace your kitchen benchtop, your construction team will follow certain steps. Specifically, an 8-step framework that safely removes your old kitchen benchtop and installs your exciting new model. Here’s how those steps play out.

Step #1 – Detach water and gas

Step one is to detach your water and gas supply lines. To get this right, the amin valve needs to be turned off. Buckets should be placed under pipes to catch any water that might still be dripping.

Step #2 – Remove the sink and range

Next, the caulk and mounting screws must be removed so you can remove the sink and range. If you are removing an electric range, this includes disconnecting any metal wires.

Step #3 – Remove all caulk

Get rid of any caulking on countertops and backsplashes. This could include cutting through the backsplashes themselves.

Step #4 – Detach countertop fasteners

Detach fasteners and remove any drawers or cabinet doors under your countertop. This can be especially difficult for old countertops. This job will need to be completed carefully if you want to avoid any damage to your existing countertop structure.

Step #5 – Cut and fit new countertops

To get this right, you must measure the countertop space and cut the countertops to size. Keep in mind, some countertops can come precut. Next, trace the sink and range space and cut these spaces out. Check to see that the countertops fit correctly over the cabinets. Finally, place the new countertops

Step #6 – Add any required support

This includes supporting strips of wood. You will have to fasten these strips with screws.

Step #7 – Fit countertop pieces together

When countertops are laid, care must be taken to ensure that they connect smoothly and fit together.

Step #8 – Add any finishing touches

Finally, it’s time to complete the finishing touches. These could include:
  • Make sure that the countertops are bolted together
  • Scrub the backsplash
  • Make sure that the counters are level
  • Sand surfaces
  • Caulk joints
  • Screw countertops to cabinets
  • Caulk countertops
  • Seal the sink and range in place

What can you do to maintain your new kitchen benchtop?

Once your new kitchen benchtop is installed, you will want to do the right things to keep it clean and perfect. For effective cleaning, you can wipe your benchtops down daily with a nonabrasive cleaner. If you want to make your own, you can do so by mixing distilled white vinegar with warm water. If you need more complete stain removal, you can cut a lemon in half, sprinkle salt on the stain, and run the lemon into the stain to get rid of it. Follow this up with warm water and white vinegar to finish cleaning off the counter. You can also seal wood countertops to prevent cracking and warping. There are a variety of options to this end, but you’ll want to look for non-toxic options.

Need help on your next kitchen upgrade?

If you want to install a new kitchen benchtop, you may be onto something! After all, a kitchen benchtop replacement can instantly remodel your kitchen, improve the resale value of your home, and modernize your space in a very short amount of time. That said, you may have noticed that this isn’t the easiest process. If you are not a professional contractor yourself, trying to DIY a kitchen benchtop replacement can lead to major issues, including plumbing problems, structural concerns, high costs, and more. That’s why we recommend that you leave it to the professionals. If you’re interested in learning more, call us on 08 9209 2620 or reach out to us directly here.