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Replacing Tile or Laminate Countertops

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    LESLIE: Ina (sp) in California’s up next, listening to The Money Pit on KSRO. And you’ve got a countertop question. What can we do for you?

    INA (sp): Yes, I was in a shopping center and I saw a display which was granite …

    TOM: OK.

    INA (sp): … that was covering Formica or they were covering tile. And I was wondering how practical is something like this rather than just kind of replacing the entire countertop with regular granite.

    TOM: So they were resurfacing a laminate countertop with granite? Hmm.

    INA (sp): (overlapping voices) It was a veneer. It was actually a veneer that was placed on top of tile or Formica.

    TOM: I’ve never seen that.

    INA (sp): Oh.

    LESLIE: I’ve never heard of such a thing.

    TOM: Yeah.

    LESLIE: I imagine such a thin layer of granite would be incredibly fragile.

    TOM: Yeah. And if … and if that countertop wasn’t perfectly flat …

    INA (sp): Yes.

    TOM: … that would crack in a heartbeat.

    INA (sp): It could crack, I suppose. Mmm.

    TOM: Granite is very fragile.

    INA (sp): I didn’t realize that.

    TOM: Yeah, it’s very fragile. And if it’s not, you know, perfectly flat and supported during the installation, it cracks like crazy.

    INA (sp): It looked like about three-eights of an inch; like a (inaudible) …

    TOM: Yeah. You know, it usually doesn’t make sense to resurface a countertop.

    INA (sp): Mm-hmm.

    TOM: It’s almost always less expensive just to replace the whole thing.

    INA (sp): Replace the whole thing.

    TOM: Because it’s a boat load of work.

    LESLIE: Well plus, then there could be plumbing problems by the extra height that you’re adding to the countertop. Your sink would have to be readjusted.

    TOM: Right, everything has to be readjusted. You know, it could be one of the solid surfacing products that maybe look like granite. Are you sure it actually was granite?

    INA (sp): There was nobody there. It was just (inaudible).

    TOM: Yeah. You know, it might have been a solid surfacing product that sometimes they use to resurface tops. But generally, I think, if you want it to come out best, you’re always better off replacing it.

    INA (sp): OK. Well, I certainly appreciate it and I thought I’d get your advice before I did anything.

    TOM: Well, we’re glad we helped you out, Ina. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
     

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