5 Reasons to Replace Solid Surface Countertops with Stone

Solid surface countertops were invented in 1967, and they’ve been a common fixture in homes ever since that time. If you have solid surface countertops, you probably already know some of the ups and downs of this material type. Solid surface countertops can be made in many colors and patterns. They’re virtually seamless.

But there are problems.

Solid surface countertops scratch easily and can be warped by heat, which is an obvious problem in the kitchen.

Many homeowners who replace their solid surface countertops turn to stone. The longevity, beauty, and durability of stone simply can’t be beat, and when compared to solid surface, stone out-performs in every category. If you’re a homeowner with solid surface countertops in your home, here’s what you need to know as you consider natural stone for your house.

1. Value and ROI

Solid surface and stone are comparable in cost. Homeowners pay between $50 and $150 per square foot for stone and solid surface, with the difference in cost being determined by where it’s purchased, the quality of the product and level of service provided by the supplier.

However, the value of stone is outstanding, and because the costs of the two materials are similar, many homeowners turn to stone first. With an ROI of 60% – 80%, natural stone is the material that gives back to homeowners when the house sells.

Stone has prestige and a good reputation that can impress home buyers when they’re considering a property to purchase. When the realtor asks the homeowner to describe their kitchen for the listing, granite countertops (when present) are one of the first features to be mentioned. The fact that granite is a selling point means that many homeowners turn to this product first when trying to decide which material to install.

2. Longevity and Durability

Stone countertops last a long, long time. Many material suppliers say that natural stone can last 100 years or more. In reality, stone can last for centuries, with proper care and maintenance. Installing stone in your home means that you’ll never have to install another countertop again, if you choose the right product.

Since stone comes in a variety of natural colors and patterns, it’s not hard for many homeowners to find a material that has long-term appeal. Knowing they’ll keep these countertops through future remodels, many homeowners choose white or gray countertops that can easily be matched to many colors and styles.

3. Home Trends

Stone countertops have been a popular material in kitchens and bathrooms for decades. This trend has staying power, and may not even be considered a trend anymore. In fact, stone countertops are becoming the expectation in high-quality homes.

Homeowners who want to maintain the value of their home install stone countertops because they’re high quality, last a long time, and when their house is put up for sale, their countertops will be a feature that buyers will want.

4. Beauty and Elegance

Stone is beautiful. It in many patterns and colors, from crisp white to jet black, and all the shades in between. This natural aesthetic is pleasing to the eye and easily coordinates with other colors and patterns in the kitchen.

From a distance, it’s hard to tell the difference between stone and solid surface. Up close, however, there is no question about which one is real, and which is the imitation. For a truly stunning aesthetic, homeowners turn to stone.

5. Easy Maintenance

Stone is easily maintained. Granite in particular is incredibly scratch resistant. It’s also resistant to heat.

Whereas homeowners with solid surface countertops must sand out scratches and protect their countertops from heat, granite is durable enough that it will never need this treatment.

Some types of stone need to be sealed periodically, but the sealing process is easy and can give your stone long-lasting stain resistance.

Tips for Replacing Your Solid Surface Countertops

Replacing solid surface is easy if you’re working with a good fabricator. Some tips:

  • Find the right business. Look for a stone fabricator with a good reputation and quality products. Visit the showroom and speak with the professionals to get answers to your questions about the different stone types. Look for a business that offers good customer service and personal attention during the shopping process.
  • Find out who is performing doing the installation. Does the fabricator perform installation with in-house professionals, or do they hire subcontractors? Look for a business that works with trained, experienced in-house installers you can trust.
  • Know the differences between the types of stone. Which type of stone is right for your home? Marble, granite and soapstone are very different types of stone, each with their own pros and cons. Become familiar with these qualities to choose the right material for your home.

Your Source for Natural and Engineered Stone in New Hampshire

Seacoast Stone is your source for natural stones like granite, marble and soapstone, as well as engineered stone (also called quartz). Seacoast Stone services Seabrook, NH and the surrounding area. For over 15 years, we’ve been a trusted name in stone fabrication.

Are you ready to replace your solid surface countertops with stone? Stop in at our showroom to learn more about our products and our countertop installation process.