All homeowners need to know when it’s time to replace their existing mobile home countertops. And if you’ve been using your countertop for the last 15 years, then it is more likely that the damages are beyond repair. If you’ve been using a solid countertop, or one that is designed with stone material, you will find deep cracks, pits, broken edges and many other imperfections. Lastly, for mobile homeowners who have laminate countertops, they will need to check for signs of knife cuts, permanent stains, water damage etc.
Thankfully, these days you will find a vast array of mobile home countertops made up of different materials. The following are some options available:
1) Wooden countertops
Wooden countertops are ideal for mobile homes since they are resistant to scratches, plus they need less maintenance. However, the cost of this countertop can be at least $65 per square feet and above.
2) Laminate countertops
These units are available in a wide array of colors, plus they are easy to clean. The good thing with buying them is that they are quite affordable, costing you anywhere between $15 and $30 per square feet.
3) Ceramic tile countertops
These ones are resistant to heat and moisture. The cost is between $20 and $70 per square feet. Marble countertops, for instance, are quite attractive, though they need hard work in maintenance. These ones are available at a cost of $70 per square feet.
4) Stainless steel
They are durable and resistant to stains. They also need some maintenance to get them working in the best condition possible. The price of such a countertop can go up to $120 per square feet.
5) Granite countertops
They offer an aesthetic appeal to your mobile home’s interior, and are available at an affordable price of $60 per square feet.
Replacing your old countertop with a new one
Getting rid of your old countertop so you can replace it with a new one requires knowing the steps involved in the process. Here are some instructions on how to remove the existing countertop:
– Take measurements and cut the components of the countertop using kraft paper. This should let you mark faucets and sink appropriately to make your work easier.
– Get rid of all water connections under the sink by turning off water valve and supply.
– Remove the screws from waterlines of faucets.
– Take note of the general structure of your mobile home countertop. Some of it will be screwed while some will be glued.
– Using a utility knife, begin detaching the caulk from the walls and backsplash. You can also remove the bond between the cabinet and countertop using a putty knife.
Instructions for installing your new countertop
– You need to evaluate the condition of your wall and cabinet to determine if repairs will be needed. You need these components to match the look of your new countertop.
– The next step is to run a tiny dotted line with construction-grade glue over the cabinet so you can begin putting your new countertop in place, ensuring that every part stays on top of the dotted glue perfectly.
– Once all parts of your new countertop have been fixed in place, it’s time to confirm that your construction is aligned with the cabinet. Just screw the cabinet and ensure it’s attached to the bottom part. Tighten the screws in place.
– The next step is to reinstall the taps, sinks and faucets with the help of a special sealant made of silicone. Complete the task by caulking the edges of the back splashes, at the same time making the edges smooth using a wet fingertip.
The following are a few mobile home countertops materials you can purchase:
1) Dekton UltraCompact Surfaces
This is a completely new, redesigned kitchen countertop for mobile homes that offer unsurpassed durability. It’s thermal shock proof and resistant to scratching/staining, plus it’s UV-resistant, which makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. See a range of Dekton UltraCompact surfaces here, http://is.gd/e4Z1u5. Prices start at $9.
2) Quartz Countertops
This material is rich in colors and patterns to transform your mobile home. The material is tough, non-porous and consistent in functionality and design. It also features antimicrobial protection. See a range of these products by following this link (http://is.gd/MR26i9).
3) Granite Countertops
This is a special kind of durable stone material popular with many homeowners, including mobile homeowners. Granite is heat-resistant, scratch-resistant and stain-resistant, which makes it a popular option anyway. With proper sealing, it can last for years. Prices start at $9.90 (http://is.gd/cehxMf).
4) Stainless steel
This sturdy material has won the favor of chefs and seasoned cooks. That’s because it’s ultra-heat resistant, non-staining and also easy to sanitize. If you want to shop for a stainless steel countertop, check out this link (http://is.gd/1aMTL3). Prices vary with what you choose as well as your requirements.