A countertop can make or break a kitchen remodel. The countertop is the centerpiece of the room, and it’s where a lot of the activity happens. But when it comes to choosing a countertop, at Sanford Granite we don’t want you to feel nervous about the decision.

In order to make the process of a kitchen countertop replacement go a bit smoother, we put together this article to help you feel more in control of the situation.

Pre-project Questions

Before you dive into your kitchen countertop replacement, it’s smart to get all of your thoughts in order. The last thing you want is to go in blind. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to make the project less stressful:

– Do I like the material of the countertop I have right now?

– What does my budget for a replacement look like?

– What is my ideal maintenance level for the new countertop?

These answers will narrow down your options for the next step of the process, which is to pick out your countertop.

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Countertop Materials

This is the most important choice of all. The material that you use for your replacement will determine the quality of your countertop (and your kitchen) for years to come. It will also determine how much work you put into your kitchen as a whole.

The countertop material also determines how much money you’re going to spend on the countertop for purchasing, installation, and future maintenance. It also plays a part in how long your countertop will last.

If you’re happy with the material that you already have and just need an update, there aren’t many more decisions to be made—you’re already set. But if you’re ready for something fresh and new, then there’s still more work to be done. We’ve put together a list of our most popular kitchen countertop materials so you can take a look at what might work for you.


Granite is tough, durable, and extremely hardy. It has the potential to last in your kitchen for generations to come, and it’s available in a wide variety of styles and colors—so there’s sure to be something that suits you. It’s a natural stone, which means it requires resealing, but that also means it’s a timeless and classic choice.


Marble is the epitome of luxury. It does require a bit more maintenance than other natural stones, but it’s a worthy investment because of the graceful way it ages and lets its unique personality shine through in its variations.


Quartz is an engineered stone that can mimic the look of natural stone—but with much less upkeep. It has all the benefits that natural stone is known for (it’s durable, resistant to heat/liquids/staining, and adds resale value to a home) with a price tag that’s a bit lower.


If you’re looking for something extremely tough, look no further than quartzite. It’s even harder than granite. And not only that, but it also comes in an array of colors and designs, so you have plenty of choices for your replacement. It’s also low maintenance, which saves busy families a lot of time.

Your Entire Kitchen

If you’re starting from scratch in the kitchen, we recommend making the countertops your very first project and modeling the rest of the room around them. But if replacing the countertop is the extent of your project, remember to keep the rest of the kitchen top of mind before choosing the material. The new material you choose should match the color scheme and aesthetic of the existing room so the kitchen looks its very best.


The last thing you want is for your new countertop not to fit in the space. To keep this from happening, you’ve got to come prepared with correct measurements. In order to get the right measurements, split your countertops into rectangular sections and measure those. If you’ve got a curved countertop, you can still use this method and use the widest point of the curve—and don’t forget the ledges.


It’s hard to say how long a countertop installation will take because each job is unique. There are plenty of variables to keep in mind, such as the experience of the installation team, the material that they’re working with, and the size and shape of your kitchen.

Small kitchens usually take anywhere between three and five hours, and large ones take about seven hours or so. The exact time will be determined by the variables listed previously, though, and a team works the best when they’re allowed to take their time and do a thorough job.

Replacing Your Countertop

Hopefully, all of this information about countertop replacement helped to ease your mind regarding this sometimes harrowing process. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation with us, give Sanford Granite a call at (407) 604-7188.

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