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The Environmental Impact of Countertop Refacing

Last Updated on June 1, 2023

We all love the idea of remodeling our kitchens. But let’s face it, there is a ton of waste that comes with a complete remodel. What if we told you there was a way to achieve your dream kitchen…and do so sustainably? Refacing countertops is a more environmentally friendly option that reduces waste and energy consumption. Below, we’ll explore how countertop refacing is the more eco-friendly overlay choice.

Waste Reduction

After replacing your countertops, the old ones usually get sent to a landfill. They will sit there for potentially hundreds of years before decomposing. Refacing countertops allows you to keep the existing structure. You are simply updating the surface. So less waste is generated. And the best part is that any materials removed can often be recycled or repurposed.

Reduced Energy Consumption

Complete kitchen renovations can be energy-intensive. They require the use of power tools, transportation, and heavy machinery. By refacing your countertops, you can reduce the amount of energy needed to update your kitchen. Refacing typically involves less demolition and installation work, so fewer resources are required to complete the project.

Sustainable Materials

Many countertop refacing options consist of natural materials (granite) or sustainable options (recycled glass). These materials are often more environmentally friendly than other popular options like laminate. And using sustainable materials in your home can help reduce your carbon footprint, lowering the overall environmental impact of countertop refacing on the environment.


Refacing your countertops will also increase their lifespan. Opting for long-lasting, durable materials and maintaining your new countertops properly will ensure they last for many years. That means fewer resources are needed to replace them.

Granite and TREND Transformations is proud to offer multiple beautiful countertop materials suitable for refacing. To see how our granite, quartz, and recycled glass countertops may look in your kitchen, open our new 3D design tool. And if you need more guidance or inspiration, our design team is here to help. Contact us today to get started!


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