No Demolition Countertops
If you are planning to remove your present countertops from a kitchen or bathroom, you should know that the down time of the room may be as long as 3 weeks or more.
That a lot of time to be without your kitchen or bath. There is a viable alternative to ripping out your counters.
Here is a viable alternative that requires no demolition and has not mess associated with it.
- Instead of replacing your counters, why not just resurface them?
- This type of transformation is quicker, easier and less expensive.
- The idea is to take granite sheets and place them over your existing surfaces. Done in 1-3 days max, this method looks almost the same a solid granite counters.
- If you have old counters removed, your kitchen or bath will be pretty much out of commission for the duration of the installation.
- In the resurfacing industry, manufacturers form the granite into slabs which are only 1/4" thick. They are heat, stain and scratch resistant.
- This type of slab is a combination of actual granite plus an advanced polymer technology. The polymer makes the slab so that you don't have to reseal it. Low maintenance.
- Granite resurfaced counters look very similar to actual granite countertops and there is a nice selection of colors to choose from.
- Before choosing a color, however, note that there is a bit of a seam that runs the length of the counter. It is more noticeable in some colors than others.
- This type of granite cannot be combined with a bull nose edge or a distinctive beveled edge, though a small beveled edge is available.
- With the reduced cost of these types of counters, you might have extra money in your budget left to cover the backsplash area with granite too.
- Some companies offer a 10-year to a lifetime warranty.
- Word of caution: Top mount sinks can be easily changed if one becomes damaged. Undermount sinks are not only more expensive to insert in the granite, but if
you ever need to replace the sink, the granite will have to be cut to get the sink out.
- Whether you use a topmount sink or an undermount sink, if it's porcelain, buy the kind where the color goes all the way though it. Cheaper sinks will simply
have a layer of porcelain on top of the under surface, which will display a different color should you chip the sink.
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