Besides their impressive, high class look, granite countertops carry a reputation of being nearly invulnerable to all types of damage. Though granite remains the most popular option for stronger residential countertops, wear and tear is likely to occur over the course of a decade, or less. Unlike laminate, or other weaker countertop options, you won’t be likely to stain granite or blemish the appearance beyond gouges and large breaks. For the most part, granite only takes damage in regards to large blows to the surface, or insufficient support for the countertop at its overhangs. On the rare occasions that light damage occurs, though intimidating to some, you’re able to repair granite without the direct assistance of a local countertop repairman. Though, we always recommend a simple consultation with an expert before making any major repair decision, as a simple mistake can turn into a costly repair.
Starting with cracks in the granite, there’s a multistep process to identify how essential the crack is to repair. First, sometimes it’s a gathering of crystals within the granite that seemingly “separates” the design. If it’s a crack in the granite, it’s going to be more of a straight line as opposed to a more naturally occurring design shape. If you’ve touched the assumed crack and you can feel a change in elevation, you can be confident that a crack has occurred. Whether a crack is in need of intensive repair is incredibly difficult for the average individual to determine. Some cracks simply do not need to be repaired, whereas others occur in such essential areas that the entire countertop can become permanently damaged without repair. The most common way to repair granite cracks or chips is through the use of epoxy or some other form of gel adhesive to fill in the crack and offer further support. If a crack runs through the majority of the countertop, we insist you get in touch with a local countertop repairman about your damaged granite countertops, and pursue professional repair.
When a crack gets too large, significant amounts of your countertop can fully break off, leaving you with an unsightly jagged edge. This is without a doubt the most intensive countertop repair project that a regular individual can reasonably do themselves, making this another repair we encourage reaching out to your local countertop repairman about. The best thing you can do in these situations, is to not sweep or throw away any granite dust or chunks, as they are essential to restoring the initial integrity of the countertop. Not only is this not safe to remain unrepaired, it is beneficial to prevent further damage to other areas of the countertop. If you have a damaged granite countertop, contact your local countertop repair experts at Classic Countertops.