When you read the title of this article, you probably thought to yourself “Huh. Should I roll over my 401(k) into natural stone countertops?” As much as we like the sound of that idea, we can’t advise it in good conscience.

Natural stone countertops won’t make you any money you didn’t already have. They will certainly help you save money, however, and they’ll also improve your life in ways that can’t be assigned dollar values. Let’s take a closer look at why stone countertops are a worthwhile investment for any home!

 

Stone Countertops Increase Home Value

Here are the returns on investment for three popular home improvement projects:

  • Minor kitchen remodel – 85.7%
  • Bathroom remodel – 66.7%
  • Major kitchen remodel – 41.8%

These figures don’t mean a newly remodeled kitchen will start printing out cash. They mean that if you install stone countertops (and backsplashes) and then sell your home at some point in the future, you will make back a percentage of the amount you originally spent on installation. So long as you choose countertops that appeal to homebuyers, you can reasonably expect to recoup over half your investment.

 

Stone Countertops Are Long Lasting

Do you want to know our least liked word in the English language? “Formica.” We’ll spare you our long list of reasons why, and share just one of laminate countertops’ glaring deficiencies instead: they last around 15 years – and that’s only if they’re properly maintained.

Want to know how long a well-maintained granite countertop can last? One hundred years. And other stones’ average life expectancies aren’t too far behind. Marble countertops easily last half a century, and travertine, onyx and quartzite can all endure decades of regular wear and tear.

Although formica is cheaper than natural stone, those savings ultimately come at a higher cost. When you have to pay for frequent countertop replacement, you end up paying big.

 

Stone Countertops Are a Life Upgrade

Natural stone isn’t just durable. It is easy to care for, and may only require occasional sealing at the very most. It is easy to clean using only warm, soapy water. And when it’s maintained properly, natural stone is also resistant to bacteria, viruses, and other nasty microbes that have no business where you eat or bathe.

But none of these are the main reason why homeowners choose natural stone. At the end of the day, it’s just beautiful. Warm. Sumptuous. Pleasing to anyone’s senses no matter their taste, and guaranteed to elevate the aesthetics of any space it complements. Even outdoor kitchens can have the look of natural stone thanks to sintered stone – a manufactured product that boasts incredible resistance to breaking, scratching, staining, fading and microbial colonization.

 

Make Your Investment Count With Gallery 77

Do you want to realize the best return on your investment in natural stone? You can’t do it alone. You need help from an experienced manufacturer and installer. They will help you find exactly the color, pattern and thickness which best complement your kitchen or bathroom. They will combine high-quality natural stone and expert craftsmanship to create hard-wearing yet attractive custom countertops. Most importantly, they will provide their services for a reasonable price.

If you live in the greater Hudson, WI area, that natural stone contractor is Gallery 77. Whether you’re reinventing your current home or building a new one, we’re here to make sure its countertops, backsplashes and other stone surfaces are its best features. Contact us today!