I’m getting new kitchen cabinets; can I reuse my existing stone or quartz countertops?
Reusing your existing countertops is something you should consider. Here are some pros and cons for doing so.
What are the pros if I keep my existing countertops?
Keeping your existing countertops could save you money on purchasing new countertops.
Contact a countertop professional or contractor to get a quote for the cost of removal & reinstallation of your existing countertops, unless you’re able to do it yourself.
Since you have your reused countertop ready to go, there is no waiting for fabrication and installation! You can essentially install your base cabinets and the countertops in the same day, instead of waiting 2-4 weeks.
What are the cons if I keep my existing countertops?
Reusing your existing top compromises the material; you run the risk of damaging your countertops during removal and reinstallation.
If your countertops do get damaged, and you need to replace some of them, you’ll want to know if your existing material and finish are currently available.
If your countertops break, you’re obligated to pay for the removal fee, plus fabrication of a new countertop, and installation.
If you are installing them yourself, then you will only need to pay for a new countertop (if it breaks).
You will have a longer lead time if you have to replace your broken countertops. This process could take 2-4 weeks or longer; from templating to installation; depending on your countertop professional’s schedule.
You will need somewhere to store your existing countertops until it’s time for installation. Choose a safe place to keep them free from damage.
Can I reuse my countertops if I change my design layout?
You can keep your countertops if your kitchen layout stays the same. You can also update your design, and still use your countertops.
This means that the “footprint” of your kitchen layout needs to stay the same. The base cabinets could change to pull-out drawers, including new inserts, etc.
Start with your budget! I recommend getting quotes for both options; to salvage and reuse, along with pricing out new countertops.
It’s better to be prepared for the worst-case scenario if your countertops do break.
You may find that it’s more economical to purchase a new countertop. You then have the option to make changes to your kitchen layout, and take advantage of any new countertop materials and finishes currently available!