Fragile Granite + Expensive Granite = Support Your Granite!

I recently went to install countertops for a customer. Granite America had done the perimeter cabinets, but not the island for this customer. The customer had already had a granite island made by someone else and did not have a good experience, so they decided to use our company for the perimeter. Take a look at this island (not our stone) which is a extremely beautiful stone call “Cosmic Black”.

This stone is a very expensive, and has tons of movement and striations. The first word that comes to mind when describing this stone: GORGEOUS!

There is an another word to describe this stone however: FRAGILE!

The movement in stone indicates that this rock is composed of several different minerals such as quartz, feldspar, calcium, silica, etc. From our extensive experience in granite fabrication, we know that stones like this one probably have a fiberglass backing to give it strength. It’s simply TOO FRAGILE TO BE INSTALLED WITHOUT SUPPORT!

I suspected that the other manufacturer had reinforced the back of this slab to make sure that the countertops don’t break during transportation or installation. I was correct about my hypothesis. Take a look at the fiberglass below:

You can see the fiberglass meshing underneath the overhang. This fiberglass mesh is a precaution to make the countertop stronger. If the stone was to crumble, it would all be held together by this mesh.

Since InnoTops is in the business of supporting countertops, we see a huge problem with this installation. DO YOU SEE ANY SUPPORTS ON THIS COUNTERTOP?

The overhang is nearly 24” and there is no additional support at all! Not only is this countertop is fragile, but if something heavy was to be set on the overhang, we wouldn’t be surprised if the countertop would break off!

I asked the customer why there wasn’t any support under their countertop? The homeowner said that she didn’t know that she needed it. I told her that because the countertops are already installed, she should (unfortunately) use corbels for support. She complained that she doesn’t want the corbels to get in the way of peoples’ legs.

This countertop should have been installed using I-Brace 20′s for adequate support prior to the installation.

I have since offered my customer to remove the island countertop and reinstall it with the I-Brace 20.

The moral of this story: PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR EXPENSIVE COUNTERTOPS!

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