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I am researching new countertops for my kitchen. It is very small and needs 26 square feet. I had decided on ES from LG called Viatera which is a quartz product until I saw a company called Granite Transformations. They don't remove the old counter but place a cover of ES over it. Any opinions? Cost is definitely a factor for me.
OK, here's my opinion. Whenever you stack one product over another you create new probems. Height problems. Is tear out really a big issue? What type of countertop do you have now? Their website offers no technical info. The before photos show square edges everywhere, nothing rounded like the old prefab Formica. How would they handle the attached backsplash? Do you have an undermount sink like in the photos? Are you getting a new sink and faucts? Have you seen this product installed? Do you like the way it looks? My point is ask lots of questions. Don't let the tear out issue be the deciding factor.
Posts: 24 | Location: Lake Tahoe | Registered: 20 February 2007
I have this counter and LOVE it. So do friends of ours. It is so much over any other granite counter as far as care and durability. AND cheaper due to less labor. Only 1 thing we had to correct and that was filing smoothly the under edge. I had it put on the back splash too, clear up under the cabinets. My kitchen is small so I went with the Perla Blanca ..the shells in it are from Italy. I love it!! Had it a year.
I recently had new counter tops and back splash from Granite Transformations installed in my kitchen, and am very pleased with the result. It is not significantly higher, even though it was installed over my 60-year-old tile counters, but it looks solid. I chose the glass, and am glad I did.
The installation was very carefully done, and the finishing work was fastidious. That could vary, since it is a franchise.
I have used the Granite Transformations on a few projects. Fairly good product for the results. A litte pricey. However I would not rely on this product for an extended period of time. Its fine if your not staying and plan on leaving or if you plan in the future to upgrade the tops when you have more ** But overall its not a bad product.
Posts: 1933 | Location: New Jersey | Registered: 31 January 2006
I just recently had my kitchen remodeled by Granite transformations. I will tell you my experience. The cost is almost the same as the real thing and you cannot have any choices on the granite counter top corners. The biggest problem I have with them is the pullout drawers. If you have pullout drawers, do not use Granite Transformation. After the Granite transformation is done with the cabinet doors, I have to swing the doors to almost 180 degree to open. That is not functional. I have emailed and called the company several times but all I got is lip services. They would not come out to fix the problems. The customer service is lousy, they would not return calls.
What is your location? Each franchise of Granite Transformations is independently owned and operated, so the variation in customer service can be extreme. I think Granite Transformations engineered granite is a superior product to ordinary granite. It's non-porous and requires no treatments or sealants. No demolition is required. Plus, their manufacturing process and products are GREEN, using recycled glass, less material, and by far less waste, as opposed to other processes which use resources and over-burden landfills. Just my $.02.
Originally posted by hc: I just recently had my kitchen remodeled by Granite transformations. I will tell you my experience. The cost is almost the same as the real thing and you cannot have any choices on the granite counter top corners. The biggest problem I have with them is the pullout drawers. If you have pullout drawers, do not use Granite Transformation. After the Granite transformation is done with the cabinet doors, I have to swing the doors to almost 180 degree to open. That is not functional. I have emailed and called the company several times but all I got is lip services. They would not come out to fix the problems. The customer service is lousy, they would not return calls.
Just saw this message board for the first time, I am a contractor in florida I am NOT an employee or a shill for Granite Transformations, I have referred them customers in South Florida when my customer is looking for something other than a traditional Granite countertop. My customers have had very good experiences in dealing with GT, anytime there was an issue they were right on top of a solution and made my customers happy. I would and do reccomend this company to many of my customers, I certainly can't speak for their other locations as I have not done business with them but the guys from GT Miami are great, and I never had a problem with the customer service lines, I would suggest calling their corporate office if you have a tough time getting help, because they are a very respectable company that does very good work. I don't have a lot of companies I feel comfortable with dealing directly with my customers, this is one of them I do.
I am wondering, how many of you bought these countertops from Granite Transforamtions thinking that they are getting actual granite or even better than granite. I know me and my wife did and it was not worth it. We preffer granite and granite transformation did not work in our new house over laminate countertops. We have problems opening drawers and nobody even notices new countertops. We will get real granite. Granite Transformations are too expensive and not comparible to granite at all, in value, cost, usage and look. Compare your quotes fromthem with granite companies. I have no idea wahy they call themselves granite transformation and they even claim it is new gorgeus granite countertops over old ones. Load of lies, not granite, thats for sure!!!!
Posts: 1 | Location: Des Moines, Iowa | Registered: 26 February 2010
I agree to some points about their product. However cost factor is not really part of it. Sure the product cost money, but this product is simply a cover that goes over existing laminate tops. If you add the cost of removal of the older tops, re-support the cabinets to hold real granite, the tearing into walls where the tops are set to your cost is going up. In fact many lamiate tops cannot simply be removed without distroying some part of the base units or rear wall backsplashes. For those folks who do not want to tear into their kitchen to install new tops this product works for them.
This product does have a place in the market, and its quality is based on the person that is putting it in. Remember this is a franchise operation. And there are good installers and lousy ones as well. I have seen this both with their products as well as those who claim to be granite installers.
Posts: 1933 | Location: New Jersey | Registered: 31 January 2006
I bought a Granite Transformations Countertop for my bathroom from the Jackson Wisconsin location. It is awful! We were told that the undercounter sinks would work, but the edge is only 1/4 inch thick. It looks cheap, the edges are rough and unfinished looking. There are chips out of the edges. It is not even close to the real thing and yet it costs more. We are ripping it out of our house and replacing it with the real thing. I have never been more disappointed in a product. I am embarassed that I suckered for this product.
Four years ago, I had Granite Transformation install new counters. Their marketing had me convinced that this was the most durable product on the market...indestructable. The cost was comparable to basic granite, but I was told that it was so much better than granite. The product is disintegrating in some areas and it looks fake. Next week, I am having these counters removed and granite installed. It has been a costly decision in both money and time.
Why do you not recommend this product for an "extended period of time"? They are marketing it like it is a lifetime, indestructible green alternative to granite. We are looking in to this as an option and would appreciate any advice. Thank you.
Originally posted by Sandra Fanelli: Four years ago, I had Granite Transformation install new counters. Their marketing had me convinced that this was the most durable product on the market...indestructable. The cost was comparable to basic granite, but I was told that it was so much better than granite. The product is disintegrating in some areas and it looks fake. Next week, I am having these counters removed and granite installed. It has been a costly decision in both money and time.
Why did you tear it out? Didn't they honor their warranty to make any repairs necessary? Was it not indestructible as they advertise?