We have an opportunity to buy some unused granite worktops cheap for
our new kitchen (the vendors had a disagreement over its use). My
builder is happy to fix it but appears a bit vague about how sections
are joined. Searches suggest you should use some sort of epoxy resin.
Is this the case and, if so, where can we get some? Any help
Never having had anything to do with granite worktops (and wondering
whether it's time I did!) how does it work if you want to fit a kitchen
with these? Naive question I'm sure but do you order up all the slabs
beforehand and hope they fit, or do you fit the whole kitchen except for
worktops and then measure up for them (and have no worktops for however
Sorry, no help to the OP...
You fit the kitchen first making sure that as much as possible is as
square as possible. Do not tile the walls.
You then template the areas involved using sheets of hardboard, ply or
MDF of about 6mm thickness. It is very important that the templates
fit the areas properly. Certain shapes will work. Rectangles and
L-shapes are OK even if there is a cutout for an underhung sink. The
producers tend not to like to do large L shapes or U shapes where there
is a thin section - e.g. back of a sink. There is a risk of cracking
and breaking. They can machine drainage grooves next to a sink if you
You need to specify the front machining - for example rounded edges or
fancier and the surface treatment - polished or honed.
Lead time, assuming that you have selected the material and given
budgetary sizes so that it can be bought in if not in stock, is
typically about a week.
The worktop is fitted by using small dabs of silicone on the cupboards
and is slid into place. Then tile down to it, finally finishing with
an expansion joint in silicone (clear unless there's a good reason
I did this exercise for kitchen worktops and just recently for some
shelves for my cloakroom project. A "rectangular" shelf for one end
of the room above the cistern was needed. On measuring and templating
the shape was actually slightly trapezoidal. With the shelf 250mm
deep, the rear edge was about 4mm shorter than the front edge.
Most shops selling stone tiles and some kitchen places can organise
granite worktops but usually need to send the work to a specialist
place. Therefore, a little checking can usually find a place with
workshop facilities. They will usually have a better selection and
I can recommend this one:
guys have NC equipment and can essentially make any shape you
like. The quality of the work is very good indeed. I'm just about to
give them a custom shower tray project to do.