As the buoyant magma lifts from the depths, it cools, leaving behind beautiful stone deposits we call granite. Some magma never makes it to the top, instead forming the shelves upon which continents rest.

A little of this material makes it into our homes, where its beauty, durability and range of use make it an ongoing favorite. One of the hardest substances on earth, granite rarely breaks without the application of traumatic force. Edge chips and little cracks are more common. The same epoxy resin used to seal seams or fix cracks will mend a break, however.When you’re done with the repair, it’s likely no one but you will ever know about it. Wet a paper towel with a splash of acetone. Substitute nail polish remover if a spot test in an inconspicuous area proves it doesn’t damage or discolor the surface. Wipe over the granite with the acetone to remove all oil, dirt and other contaminants.

Scrub with a nylon scrub pad to remove stubborn deposits.

Wipe down the granite with a fresh, dry towel to remove all moisture.

How To Remove Granite Countertops Without Breaking The Granite.

In this first video, I show my step by step process on how to remove your old granite countertops without having to break them.

Mix the epoxy adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If the broken pieces don’t fit together perfectly, add tint to one part of the epoxy (which comes in a two-part formula) according to the directions.

Mix to match a dominant color in the granite, then mix the two parts together to activate the chemicals.

Spread the epoxy across the broken edges of both pieces in an even layer. Push the pieces together with the surface flush. Hold together for several minutes, as the product instructions direct. Wipe away excess epoxy with acetone on a paper towel without disturbing the granite. What you can’t get, remove later with a razor blade. Allow the repair to set, undisturbed, for at least 24 hours before using the granite surface again. Seal your granite to protect the repair and the entire surface. Use only epoxy specifically intended for granite. Professionals recommend inserting metal pins through such pieces to bind the parts together. After growing up in construction and with more than 30 years in the field, she believes a girl can swing a hammer with the best of them. She enjoys “green” or innovative solutions and unusual construction. You’d rather not have it, of course, but hairline granite cracks rarely get worse or cause any problems.

A little extra support or epoxy may sufficiently stabilize the area. The builder had the crack sealed with epoxy, but 6 months later the crack opened up again. I pointed out to them that this was just a temporary fix and that the last time they did this it only lasted a few months.

The builder refuses to replace the granite and instead had someone come out and insert a thin steel rod in the granite on the side facing the sink and glued that in. Some say it strengthens slabs to prevent cracking, however, others argue that the rodding process actually weakens the granite. However, in your case it may be that installing the rod will prevent separation in the future since both halves are glued to the rod. The glue would have to fail and that is not likely. Cracks typically don’t separate just because. Many fabricators try to make repairs, but just don’t have the experience to do it well in difficult cases.

Break Up Granite

Contractor said it can be fixed and will not be a future problem. We think we need a new slab and not a repair job. Now, repairing a crack so it is “like new” requires specific knowledge and skill. If your contractor simply intends to fill the crack and/or glue the pieces back together, then it will be very noticeable. My advice is to quiz your contractor about exactly how he intends to repair the crack and also get a second opinion from a reputable stone restoration pro with plenty of crack repair experience. If the crack can be repaired to be nearly invisible, then this is a reasonable solution. No, you didn’t pay for a crack in the granite, but if repaired well it won’t be a problem and possibly you can negotiate a discount. However, if after a repair is attempted and an obviously visible blemish remains, then replacing the granite slab is appropriate. I noticed a crack in the granite at the sink area. He was perplexed, but thought that would take care of it. About a month later, another crack appeared below the first crack and it extends all the way on both sides.

He is coming again to take a look but expressed that he has never encountered such a problem. Movement could also occur if the granite countertops had very poor support to begin with. This may not be the problem, but the granite has to move somehow for the crack to open and it typically it won’t do that on it’s own. The stove is trash and has to be replaced. The fire was very hot and even melted the top of the stainless stove. Insurance doesn’t want to pay for the granite to be replaced because they said the damaged part can be polished off. A fabricator was here and he said he was afraid to touch it because it was exposed to such high heat that it may crack. And he said even if it didn’t crack now, who’s to say it won’t crack in 2 months from now.

7 Things To Avoid On Granite Countertops

Apparently the granite is not currently cracked. When granite cracks due to heat it is due to a rapid change in heat called “thermal shock”. I doubt it is more likely now to crack that it was when installed. If the new stove is just a regular modern oven/cooktop then the granite will not be exposed to high or intense heat. It will be exposed to radiant heat, but not high enough to bother the granite at all. Just have the granite re-finished / re-polished and it should be good as new. Fabrication/installation and stone restoration are two completely different skill sets.

The center is cut out for the burner pan. Granite can take heat very well, but all stone can potentially crack under extreme heat / thermal expansion. There are 9 different pieces, but only the island has large cracks running across the surface. My general contractor and the fabricator are trying to tell me these cracks are natural to the stone.They are responsible for “proper” installation. They have admitted that “they” cracked the top and tried to blame you. Not good if you can feel a lip on the crack. I polished them about a month after purchasing the home and noticed 2 cracks in the backsplash. Obviously your installer is trying to do what it can to make it right. Sink cut outs are always tricky because the outside edge is always vulnerable to cracking.

Granite Crack Repair In Front Of Sink

This is a full length granite 6 hour crack repair project sped up 800% to show the full project. As you can see the rod had to be cut …

The true test is whether or not you can live with the repair. You didn’t pay for a crack and if the repair just doesn’t cut it, then you should negotiate for a better solution such as replacing the slab or replacing the sink area in such a way that any seams are better blended. Or if you do think you can live with it, then negotiate a discount. They took it back to the shop and put reinforcing bars underneath and made the one piece into three pieces( added two seams). The problem is that the sink is centered on a window and the reflection of the crack, filled with epoxy, stands out like a soar thumb and is very visible. You simply have play on the company’s good will to do the job and do right by you. Many won’t of course, installing a new slab means they lose money. Luckily, we’ve only had to do this once (tear out an reinstall) but we did it because the customer was completely unhappy with a particular tricky feature of the countertop, (which he had suggested and which we had warned him wouldn’t look right prior to install). You won’t find too many companies that will do that, even if they are to blame. So, your only real option is to bring suit. If the cracks form a lip and are real bad, then you’ll have to do something. If the original installers won’t respond, then you can have your lawyer file a suit and/or send over an official threat of suit, which may be enough to wake em up. Or you can just suck up the extra cost and hire someone else to come in and fix it.They smoothed out the top and tried to buff it, do you think it worked? How would you handle the installer/stone company? It was set on top of a raised area for the tub. If the crack is in a non-structural area and is not very visible, then maybe you let it go with a discount, but you should only pay for a job you are satisfied with. Blaming it on the cabinets is weak though. If the cabinets are not level then why didn’t he create a level surface and properly support your granite? Also, need to make sure you are not seeing a fissure, which is normal and not an issue. You may consider hiring another fabricator to come take a look for a second on-site opinion. The installer blamed my slanted counters.

Any other spinning type tool will create dust and be more work. If you can pry up one end, even just to put some tension on it and then strike it a few feet away, it will break where you hit it. If you can’t pry on it, just keep hitting along a line where you want it to break. It may spall where the hammer hits so wear safety glasses.

You could try a couple of layers of duct tape where you will be hitting to keep chips from flying, but you won’t have to worry about dust. Unless it’s glued down unusually well, it will break up pretty easily. Granite is mined from quarries around the world and comes to retail outlets in large slabs.

These slabs must then be broken into smaller, rough shapes and then sanded before they are set into place. With the right materials, you can safely break up granite slabs without ruining the granite in the process.

Mark a line with water-soluble chalk where you want to break the granite.

7 Most Common Types Of Damage To Granite

Drill holes that measure 1-1/2 to 2-inches wide into the slab of granite along that line. Make sure each hole is about 80 percent of the total depth of the granite slab. Mix the non-explosive demolition agent with clean water, according to package instructions.

Wear rubber gloves and safety goggles to protect your hands and eyes.

Mix one part agent with three parts water in a bucket until the powder is completely dissolved into liquid. Clean the holes with an air compressor hose before filling them with the mixture. Fill the holes two inches from the top with the mixture and then back away. Allow 45 to 60 minutes for the mixture to expand within the hole and cause the granite to break along the line you created. Some rare granite is mined under the ocean floor. Black granite (not true granite) is denser than light colored stones and weighs more. This extra density is why most black granite countertops are less porous and resist staining. Watch this video to see how easy it is to clean and seal your granite tops.

Will my cabinets support granite counters? The weight of the granite is spread over a large area and should pose no problem. Cabinets seldom need reinforcement to support granite counter tops . Marble and granite , as well as limestone are all porous stones and can stain. Granite is much less porous than these other stones.

Light colored granites usually require an application of penetrating sealer to protect them from stains.

Dark granites do not require sealing and will resist stains by their nature. Granite is very durable and can only be scratched by something harder than granite. Diamonds, corundum, and other pieces of granite are usually the only things that will scratch a granite counter. Granite counter seams are filled with special glue that may be affected by heat. Granite is hard and durable, but itÂ’s also fragile. All natural stone countertops must be handled carefully to protect them from breaking. Once installed, the granite tops are fully supported and very strong. Steel rods are glued into the back of counters where sink holes are cut.This gives the stone extra protection against cracking. You can clean your kitchen granite counter top with dish soap and water. Eventually, this will leave a film on your tops unless you rinse off the tops very well after cleaning. ItÂ’s best to use a cleaner made for granite and natural stone. Is granite better than limestone or marble for my kitchen tops? Generally, granite is the best choice in a kitchen. It is much more durable and stain resistant than other stones.

Limestone and marble are calcium based stones.

Professional stone sealer may help protect from some staining on these tops, but nothing can keep acids like vinegar and lemon juice from etching them. You can usually find discount pricing at the big retailers, but chances are you canÂ’t choose your own stone slabs.

High quality fabrication and installation are typically available only through a fabricator/contractor. If you choose granite countertops based on a 4? by 4? sample, you may be disappointed with the finished counters that show up at your home.

Frequently Asked Granite Counter Questions

Stone varies from piece to piece, sometimes dramatically. I recommend every customer look at the granite slabs for their counters and approve them. How long will it take to get my granite tops? After all your selections are made and cabinets are installed, fabrication should take 1 to 3 weeks.

Installation usually takes less than a day. The price of granite tops has a broad range. Your price will depend on the rarity of the stone, type of edge profile, number of holes and cutouts, and region of the country you live in. Granite is cheaper in certain parts of the country. Usually, the lower price comes at a cost – lower quality. When a granite fabricator cuts countertops from stone slabs, remnants or extra pieces are left over. You can often buy these remnants at a discounted price and use them for smaller tops like a bathroom vanity. Here’s some insider secrets you should know that will get you the best price on granite anywhere. It starts by knowing how your contractor prices jobs.

Ask your contractor how you can save money on your granite counter price . Is there a similar stone that is less expensive? Can you get a better price if you buy additional tops from unused portions of granite slabs from your job? Cash should be worth an easy 5% discount. Ask what it takes to get a wholesale price. He should be dying to get rid of these, since contractors pay for every square inch of stone in a slab. You can make great deals on remnants sometimes saving 50% off the cost of new stone.If you plan to use granite in multiple areas, you can sometimes get an overall discount. Offer to provide a referral or be a reference site to show others the contractorÂ’s work. Deposits are generally 50% of the total price. DonÂ’t be afraid to ask for a deal on your granite. Contractors have several money saving options for you and the market is becoming more and more competitive all the time. Take advantage of this to get a great countertop price. Windex or ammonia and never plain soapy water.Effortlessly and effectively clean your stone countertops without leaving any streaks.

We provide this to all our customers as part of a stone care kit when we install new countertops and when we show them how to clean granite. DonÂ’t trust your granite investment to anything else. Many granite companies use poor quality silicon or siloxane based sealers that require re-application every 6 months to a year. Applied properly, this sealer will last 10 to 15 years and you donÂ’t need to reapply before then! Some forms of damage are more common than others, but all can be the result of a mishap or mistake.

The Best Way To Break Granite

Any liquids that penetrate the stone can leave stains, especially oils, fruit juice, and wine. Avoid using common household cleaning products on granite because most contain corrosive or acidic ingredients.

This is most likely to occur around the sink or the edges.

This cloudiness usually results from using the wrong cleaning product, whether itÂ’s abrasive or acidic and eating into the surface of your countertop or youÂ’re using a product that leaves behind a film. Sometimes cleaning granite with dish soap leaves a layer of soap film that makes the surface appear dull. Most cracks are the result of stress during handling, fabrication, or installation. This is because the sealant and finish on granite is not as heat resistant as the stone itself. Repeatedly placing hot dishes on the countertop right out of the oven can leave black marks on the surface or potentially cause thermal shock and cracks.

In fact, what appears to be a scratch in your countertop may be etching on the surface. The same types of damage can be done to flooring made of granite and other types of natural stone like travertine and slate if you don’t take proper care of it. Yes, granite is tougher than nails—but it’s not just the granite you need to worry about. The meat certainly isn’t going to hurt the granite, but what’s left behind might hurt you if it ends up on another food item. Also, after working with things like raw meat, people often feel the need to cleanse the food prep surface using harsh disinfectants that are not appropriate for granite countertops.

Many of the most common grocery-store cleansers can dull and damage the sealant and potentially discolor the granite itself.

Granite Crack

In the bathroom, put personal care products in a cabinet or a basket with a secure base that wonÂ’t leak in case of a spill. And in the kitchen, always use cutting boards for any food preparation and coasters for drinks.

In that case, quickly clean up with a mild, recommended cleanser or hot, soapy water. If you let a spill sit, it can etch the seal and stain the granite. Slicing knives across granite to cut food will quickly dull and damage their blades.

The sealants, however, can weaken from excessive heat. Simply make sure to have trivets and potholders nearby when youÂ’re cooking. Again, wipe up any spills or drips as soon as possible. But these striations are vulnerable to cracking under excessive weight. So donÂ’t climb or stand on the countertops to reach things, change light bulbs, paint, or anything else. Use a sturdy stool or step ladder; itÂ’s safer anyway. Granite is tough, but as a natural, porous (in its unsealed state) surface with striations, you need to know proper care techniques and what to avoid.
As the buoyant magma lifts from the depths, it cools, leaving behind beautiful stone deposits we call granite. Some magma never makes it to the top, instead forming the shelves upon which continents rest. A little of this material makes it into our homes, where its beauty, durability...