I rebuilt a kitchen for a customer, he had a counter top company install
granite counter tops. Unfortunately the installer broke the piece that goes
around the sink. Unfortunately they did not have a piece that was the same
shade. Fortunately they were able to oil that portion of the counter top
and now you cannot tell the difference in the two pieces, even 3 years
Sink cut-outs are the worst in granite... so are cooktops.
I have seen a perfect installation with 4 very professional guys go
'snap' when they removed the bracing AFTER the countertop was in
My supplier now flips the top and CNC's 90-degree grooves and epoxys
1/2" fiberglass cord in around the corners.
He says it helps... but if a 400 pound piece of stone decides to
Not long ago, a $ 7000.00 (that's SEVEN THOUSAND) top was ruinied by a
ball of plumber's putty. Left an oil stain... and that has happened
more than once in my career.
Those moments make your heart sink into your boots. Luckily, the
problem was at the end of a long stretch of a very popular colour. The
fabricator was able to re-use a big chunk.
Malcom handled the bulk of the answer. It is the fissures that show up
as red lines, in the case of a merlot.
Large fields of granite will not stain, it's the fissy bit in between
that get you.
Plumber's putty on a black top......bad.
Red wine on a white-ish top...also bad. That creates lines of badness.
When you pour on sealant, just take a glancing look as to where it
soaks in first... There are way more fissures than one would expect.
The lower the grade, the worse it gets.
So at what point does granite stain as badly as concrete? All? Only
the cheap stuff?
A well done concrete countertop is prettier than most of the granite
installs I've seen. Moreover, concrete readily presents more options
for shape and finish -- granite that's not cut along
straight lines gets spendy.
Granite CT's have just never made sense to me -- it looks like a
market entirely driven by "keeping up with the Joneses".
Long ago granite was a status symbol -- but that went away when the
Borg started selling it. As pointed out in the first post on this
thread, you can't generally tell whether it's cheap Borg granite or
really good stuff from a high end vendor by site.
We are a family of 6 and we still actually cook and eat at home, so
that leads me toward
solutions that value function as well as form.
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