It’s no surprise that frequently-used rooms such as the kitchen or the bathroom can become damaged and worn over time. Whether it’s a cracked sill, a scratched worktop or scuffed laminate flooring, the temptation may be to buy new versions. However, this may not always be the best option. If you’re a homeowner, property developer or building contractor and are in two minds as to whether you should repair or replace, read on.
One of the main benefits of repairing rather than replacing your household items is the financial savings you can make. Buying brand new shower trays, bathtubs or worktops can be expensive, and you may also find yourself forking out for associated work, such as replacing surrounding tiles, flooring, or even new plumbing. Restoring your existing furnishings is a much more affordable option, especially when it comes to expensive materials, such as granite countertops or marble fireplaces. After all, why spend hundreds or even thousands of pounds buying new products when they can be repaired for a fraction of the cost?
If you’re niggled by a chip in your window frame, or an unsightly dent in your bathtub, think carefully about whether it’s necessary to buy brand new versions. More often than not, a simple cosmetic repair will restore it back to full health. This also eliminates the need for related replacement work, saving you significant costs.
Another factor to consider when renovating is time. The process of removing and replacing your old furnishings and installing new ones can be extremely time-consuming and inconvenient, especially for busy kitchens and bathrooms. For example, replacing an entire kitchen worktop can take days or even weeks to complete, causing considerable upheaval to your daily lifestyle. A repair job on the other hand, can be finished within a few hours, after which your home can return to normal.
As well as reducing the amount of disruption caused to family life, building contractors can also benefit from a quick turnaround time. If a last minute job needs to be done, a speedy repair service will ensure that the building can be handed over on time. What’s more, the less man hours it takes to a complete a job can mean even more financial savings.
When renovating, it’s also worth bearing in mind the impact that your home improvements will have on the environment. Recycling and restoring household items is a lot kinder on the environment than buying new items, and is therefore usually the preferred option. By choosing to repair rather than replace, you can reduce the amount of waste that ends up at landfill sites while also minimising the amount of resources and energy used to manufacture new products.