Granite countertops are a great addition to your kitchen or outdooring cooking space. They are durable, long lasting and attractive to look at. Although highly durable, granite countertops can chip. Chipping can occur if the countertop is subjected to a strike, like in the instance of a drinking glass or plate falling on it. What do you do if your granite countertop needs repaired? Is this an easy task?
For do-it-yourselfers there are granite repair kits on the market that you can purchase and attempt to fix the chip yourself. But a word of caution, repairing chips in granite is easier said than done if you want the end results to look professional and near flawless. The problem with repairing a chip is that you want the area that is being repaired to blend seamlessly with the rest of the countertop. This requires skill in order to get the colors to match up. For those that are not skilled at this task and have tried to do it themselves, they often end up with an area that stands out from the rest of the countertop. Depending on the size of the chip and the need to color match, this may not be a problem for a do-it-yourself project. If you do not have experience and are concerned that you might exasperate the problem, then your best bet would be to get a professional to do the repair work.
Considering the large investment granite countertops are, you wouldn’t want to be left with subpar work and feel as though you won’t get as much out of your investment in resale value. To repair the chip, the area will need to be cleaned and then an epoxy is applied to fill the chip. There is a bit of artistic skill that goes into filling a chip in order for it to blend in with the rest of the countertop. Professionals have more experience and are able to better blend and hide the original blemish. A professional can also examine the countertop and provide you with advice on how the countertop can be repaired and the best way to do so.
Whether or not you decide to repair a chip is a matter of personal preference and need. If you have a chip that is in a main traffic area of the counter, such as near the sink or cutting area, then you may want to repair the chip since it is more noticeable in those areas. For other areas, such as the back of the countertop, you may decide to leave it as is if you don’t readily notice it and it is not too large. Also corners are easier to repair, so if you get a chip on the corner you may want to repair it. Contrary to popular belief not all chips need to be repaired. Since granite is a natural substance, small chips and cracks may not cause that big of a headache because they will blend in with the material.
If you have a chip in your granite countertop, contact Lexmar.
Lexmar’s granite experts will advise you on your repair options and have your granite countertops looking as good as new in no time.