Get Granite Tops Without Paying Granite Prices

Get Granite Tops Without Paying Granite Prices

You may like the way that granite counter tops look, but not how much they cost. Thankfully home remodeling technology has made it possible to get counter tops that have the look of granite tops but do not come with the same price tag as regular granite counters. Learn more about the most affordable and efficient granite-like counter tops.

Laminate

Laminate counter tops can look more like granite tops than ever and perform just as well as granite. You may also like the fact that you can individualize your laminate faux-granite counter top to fit your personal style and taste. Another great thing about laminate is that it is non-porous, which means there is no need for you to seal or reseal it. One caveat to keep in mind with laminate counter tops is that they are not as durable as genuine granite.

Solid Surfacing

Solid surfacing is made to replicate the look of stone and is created from plastic resin composites. Just like with laminate, you will have several options when it comes to the pattern and color of your solid surfacing counter tops. This particular option is known for being impact- and stain-resistant as well as hygienic. If you want a curved or angled counter in your kitchen, go for solid surfacing. Bear in mind that this particular material is usually more expensive than laminate and does not have the same veining you see in genuine granite.

Engineered Composites

You will be hard pressed to find a material that looks more like natural stone than engineered composites. For the veining of granite, you can add colorants. There are also several options available to you as far as color and design are concerned with engineered composites.

Polymer Slabs

Polymer slabs can be custom-built to fit directly over your current laminate countertops. They are highly resistant to cold, heat, stains and scratches. Now you can quickly and easily re-cover your old countertops. For an entirely new kitchen or a remodel, you will have to remove your current cabinets and counter tops.

Rather than spending more money on necessary for genuine granite, opt for a more affordable option.

 

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Bathroom Upgrade 101

Do Not Downgrade Your Bathroom, Upgrade With These BlundersBathroom remodels are some of the most popular types of home improvement projects, but they have to be done right in order for you to get the most out of them. There are just as many good ideas as there are bad ideas, and knowing the difference between the two can keep your bathroom upgrade from feeling like a downgrade.

Downgrade: Skimping on Labor

Do not forget to budget for skilled workers, electricians and plumbers while you are planning your bathroom remodel. There are several DIY resources out there, but the more challenging jobs are best left to the experienced professionals. Interview several contractors and check their reputations as well as their insurance and license before making a final decision.

Bathroom Upgrade: Splurge on Your Shower

If you only take a bath a few times out of the year, you will be better off spending your money on a luxurious shower set up complete with multiple showerheads, a steam generator and a body spray. Check out some of the most current and popular shower layouts to get a better ROI if you ever plan on selling your home. Something to keep in mind is that you do not want to get rid of every bathtub in your home. You never know when you will be in the mood to soak in the tub for a while.

Downgrade: Not Considering Water Use

While bathroom fixtures are more water efficient than ever, it is best that you still consider water use while you are planning your bathroom remodel. Depending on how much you splurge on your shower, you might need bigger water lines and drains to ensure you have adequate water coming into your new fixtures and a place for all of that water to go.

Upgrade: Hiding the Toilet

Every bathroom has a toilet, but that does not mean that everyone has to see the toilet. Consider putting up a half wall between the toilet and the rest of the bathroom or installing it in a separate smaller room.

Be smart and think three steps ahead when it comes to your bathroom remodel.

 

 

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Where to Save and Where to Splurge on a Home Remodel

Where to Save and Where to Splurge on a Home Remodel | A1 Reglazing

No matter which rooms of your home you plan on remodeling, there are certain areas where you should not be afraid to splurge and others where you will want to save your money. With the number of options you have for remodeling your home, it can cause you no end of frustration knowing when to loosen up your purse strings and when to tighten them. This quick guide will show you which areas of your home remodel you should splurge on, and where you can save money.

Splurge on How You Use the Space

There are certain rooms you use in your house more than others. If you work from home, do not be afraid to splurge on the design of your home office. If you enjoy cooking, you might like the idea of having a professional range in your kitchen. Lovers of entertainment may want to go all out when it comes to their living room or den space. Depending on which rooms are most popular, you should splurge on these rooms during your home remodel.

Save on Customization 

While you want your newly remodeled home to look and feel like your own, you have to think about the future before you commit to any design ideas. For instance, if you plan on selling your home you do not want to get too out of hand when it comes to remodeling. Decide on more neutral hues that go with several different colors and designs. While you want to fully express your style in your home, you might risk receiving a lower ROI if you decide to sell your home with your hot pink carpet.

Splurge on the Essentials 

The bathtub, insulation, windows, air conditioning unit and other residential fundamentals are what you want to truly invest in. When done right, you can make your home look and feel brand new with well chosen fundamental fixtures and items, and you can also help save on future energy bills. You might rather spend more money on a fantastic looking landscape or driveway, but neither of them will keep you very warm, cool or protected.

When planning your home remodel, focus more on your needs at the beginning while making sure you save a bit of room and money for a few of your wants. Balance is everything when it comes to splurging and saving.

 

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