We just had granite countertops installed a few months ago and really
like the look, feel and personality of real stone countertops. The
other day I was rinsing a few things in the sink and on the edge of
the sink I felt a slightly rough spot, on the inside of the sink edge
towards the bottom of the granite. I looked close and saw a slight
crack/chip in the granite, barely noticeable, even to the touch. But
as I put a bright light on it I could see a slight fracture line
running from the rough spot, up to the top edge of the countertop and
extending a few inches towards the front of the countertop. This is
barely perceivable except under very close examination so it's
probably been there since it was installed. We handle the counter
with kit gloves and think this is a fracture that occurred when the
sink cutout was cut.
Have been in touch with the company we bought it from and who
installed it, and they have been helpful but they are having a tough
getting the actual countertop folks to get back with us. So we
figured we'd pop out here and see what the general group opinion is.
We can see slight imperfections in the stone as it is natural, and
that's all this may be. But we don't want it to be a fracture that
would spread and grow like a windshield crack, until part of the
countertop failed as this is where the sink mounts and not too far
from the "splice" in the long counter length. Do not know if they
have some epoxy filler that could be used to strengthen this and fill
ir, or it it's even necessary.
All opinions welcomed as we paid a pretty penny (or two) for this and
don't want to have it fail before it's time.
Actually, I'm using this to keep my wife from buying granite. I'm happy with
my Formica counters.
Could there really be enough granite in a counter to produce enough radon to
I don't like them because they stain. Also, every house in town has them.
How are countertops used?
Clue: Human anatomy.
We can do this all day. The longer you take to answer the question, the
dumber you look. By the end of the day, the stapler on my desk will be
Einstein compared with you.
How are countertops used?
Clue: Human anatomy.
"they stain" not mine and its unsealed. Ive left coffee grounds on it
for months under the coffee machine. Now if you said very light colors
can be stained.
Yeah....granite comes in lots of colors and texture. Some of the darker and
more dense granite are less susceptible to staining. I have granite in my
master shower and it's holding up pretty well but I have a sink in the guest
bathroom that darkens from the soap. Some of the textures can hide the
stains well too.
Over all it's pretty and I'm not too concerned about the radon. It's mostly
the price. I think there are better cheaper materials. I've pretty much
talked my wife out of granite. Now she's talking about a vacation in Italy.
In the SF Bay area, granite is by far the cheapest counter top material.
It comes in in mass quantities from China, and there are now hundreds of
stores selling and installing very inexpensive Chinese granite (often
the exact same granite being sold by Home Depot or high-end kitchen and
bath remodeling stores for 2x or more the price).
I used granite because it was the cheapest material available, much less
than any of the synthetics.
The building supply industry and builders promote granite because it's
cheap, just like they promote vinyl windows.
Thanks....I'll check it out again. Last I looked most of the engineered
stone and solid surfaces were cheaper here and I liked the look of those
FWIW: I'm not going through HD. I need mine "professionally" installed. ;-)
Here's my granite countertop tips:
* Do shop around on prices. I ended up paying half the Home
Depot price and HD was reasonable compared to some places.
* Check the prices on demolition and haulaway of your old
countertop and/or consider doing it yourself. I was quoted
prices of between $200 and $2000.
* Select a stone that is darker and non-porus is you're
concerned about staining. Apply a good sealant from time
* Select individual slabs that are free from cracks and
* When it comes to replumbing the sink, do it yourself, and
save another chunk of change. Use new drain pipe -- don't
bother trying to re-use the old. Unless your existing garbage
disposal unit is very new, just replace it.
* Take the opportunity to carry out any minor repairs or
retouching on the lower cabinets after the old countertop
has been removed and before the new is installed. It's a
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