Resurfacing: Cap Countertop
Whether in the kitchen or bathroom, granite counters provide durability, strength and beauty to any space. With the continuing popularity of solid granite as a surface choice, an option called granite overlay continues to be on the fringe of mainstream materials with homeowners and decorators.
Although companies that install overlays advertise them as an affordable alternative to solid granite, there are definitely drawbacks to consider. Granite overlays are man-made materials consisting of crushed granite, quartz and other stone particles bonded together with resin. This installation method can be less expensive than installing solid granite, which is usually 1 ½” thick and requires removing the existing countertops.
Customers have noted a variety of problems with their granite overlays.Dullness and fading are apparent in high use cooking areas in direct contact with heat. Other problems include the breakdown of the glue used to anchor the overlay, resulting in jagged seams and areas of bubbling. Due to its extreme thinness, home owners are generally unhappy with its appearance near under-mounted sinks.
Some customers have even reported water seepage between the countertop and overlay, leading to costly repairs.
Choices for granite overlays are quite limited and usually consist of a few basic colors and edging options.
Customers report that overlay prices near the price point of lower quality solid granite.
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However, with solid granite, a customer can choose a less-expensive basic color and edging to fit a smaller budget, or splurge on something exotic and unique while enjoying all of the benefits high-quality granite has to offer. Granite overlays are ¼” thick slabs of granite that are placed on top of your existing countertops, eliminating the need to completely remove pre-existing countertops.
This is what differentiates them from thin granite slabs.
Overlays are often composites of granite, quartz, and stone fragments, bound together with a resin to give them the appearance of natural stone. This difference in thickness is most noticeable around the kitchen sink, if you mount your sink underneath the countertops.
This difference has also led some to speculate that overlays will not be as durable over time. However, the popularity of granite overlays has not existed long enough to get an accurate estimate of how long they will last. The biggest selling point for those looking to purchase stone overlays for their counters is the price. Stone overlay is typically less expensive than solid granite (especially compared to some of the more premium styles of granite). Our discount granite slabs will help you stay on budget and provide you with a higher quality, more long-lasting product than stone composite counter overlays.
Contact us if you have any questions about your kitchen or bathroom remodel. Using special adhesives, the slabs are adhered directly to the countertop surface. Our countertops can be installed over any hard, durable surface. The diamond-polished surface makes cleaning easy, and you can cut your vegetables right on the countertop without fear of leaving cut marks.
You can even place a hot skillet right on the countertop. Because there are no grout lines, you have no fear of bacterial buildup or dirty grout lines.
Our products are used by homeowners, architects, developers and builders in many countries throughout the world. Is a ¼ inch countertop as strong and durable as traditional stone? If you are building an addition to your home, we can create any kind of custom countertop, mosaic tile wall, or flooring that you need. We also remodel kitchens and bathrooms inside boats and recreational vehicles.
The beauty of our countertops is that they require little maintenance, and don’t require any specialty cleaning products (as slab granite does). Use a mild, all-purpose cleaner as outlined in our care and maintenance guide. You’ll have access to our entire line, where you can view our products within your home and select the ones complement your aesthetic. Your satisfaction is guaranteed and our products are protected with a lifetime warranty.
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