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Old 09-16-2009, 11:37 PM   #196
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As hard as it is to say, sometimes you have to start from scratch instead of starting over. We used StoneSheets, which we ordered and installed, and it was real stone on an aluminum substrate. We had to order it through our friend's brother because he worked at a place that sold it, but the stuff was great and so easy. We were going to use their overlay material, but our tops were too bad and we were just better off replacing it.

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Old 10-04-2009, 04:10 PM   #197
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No one will believe that I am a real customer if I say something nice, but deal with it, skeptics. I am a Granite Transformation customer in Camarillo, CA. I recently had my kitchen and 3 bathrooms updated with granite (over tile) and cabinet refacing, and the people from GT did an excellent job. Everything looks and works great. The workers were very careful and precise in what they did, and they were polite, cooperative, and respectful of people, property, and pets. The manager was easy to work with and very knowledgeable and professional. I had a little trepidation before starting, but the final results are excellent. Thank you to the people of GT Ventura, CA for a job well done.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:17 PM   #198
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Here is my experience... We priced cabinet refacing and granite transfermations... For less then cabinet refacing we replaced all our cabs with cherry. For less then GT we did slabs with full back splash. We did the tear out ourselves, sold the old cabinets for about $400. Took us less then 1 day to take all the old cabs down. I am not knocking those that chose GT, I personally think it looks cheap and would rather do granite tile for about 1/4 the cost. Some of the quotes i have seen are nearly double what I paid per sqf for real granite installed. We paid 5k including granite, for about 80sqf installed. That is about 50sqf of counter, 30 sqf of backsplash and window etc.

I would highly suggest people shop around... Lowes/HD etc were about 30% higher for both cabinets and granite. A friend of mine went to sears for cabinet refacing and the quote he got was more then what we paid for all new cabs in our kitchen, and his kitchen is half the size. A savvy shopper can save huge if he spends the time.
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:55 PM   #199
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We went with GT a year ago and are very happy. As they are a franchise dealer network, each installer will be different in their quality and service. Our installer from Grandville Michigan was great and we couldn't be happier.

I get a chuckle out of "for the price you could have had the real thing" statements. It is real granite, but without the defects, cracking, chipping and staining. Sure it doesn't have the graining that some are looking for, but that doesn't make it an inferior product, as it also doesn't have the weakness that comes with natural seams (grain) in a stone slab.

We did the homework, visited the showrooms, compared GT to slab stones, artificial stone, quartz, concrete, and laminates. We asked for references from satisfied customers. Few dealers had them available (our GT dealer did) and then we made calls to realtors, builders and kitchen remodelers. In the end no one could give us a negative about the GT product and it all came down to "personal preference".

FOR US, the "no muss, no fuss, and lifetime guarantee made GT OUR personal preference. Now we are on the satisfied customer list and have shown our kitchen to other prospective GT buyers.

No, I'm not a "shill" for GT. I googled the product to find the stores ph# for a coworker that saw our kitchen and liked it enough to look into it further. I followed a link here and after reading some of the uninformed comments, I had to throw in my .02 worth. If you don't like it: great! If you don't own it, why try to tell others BS about how bad it is?
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:30 PM   #200
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I used GT for my bathroom and I love it personally. I used to have a nice granite kitchen counter top, but the thing is it broke very easily. I was sad to see that after a year it had a huge crack down the middle. I guess people spend more with GT's material simply because it doesn't break or crack so easily as granite would. They are a little pricey, but to give them credit, they were fast, clean and didn't hesitate when I asked them anything.
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:57 PM   #201
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Granite Transformations- I have used them for four different kitchens -some covering exisitng benches and some replacing cubboards and benches entirely. The tops are stronger than real granite (I have an island made of that) and easier to clean. The cupboards are resilient. The installation was supurb and reliable. I am just about to reconstruct the bathrooms and use them there. Their service and product appeals to the minimum fuss person that I am. The design works well with my current 1920 house.
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:13 PM   #202
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I used GT in the Denver area. I went to one showroom, they referred me to a different location, apparently each location has exclusive territories. This was last summer. After I did purchase and had the install, I was not as happy about the countertops/backsplashes. I got an e-mail from them to rate the product and service and get a $25 gift certificate for my trouble, and I was not real happy so I filled out their rating form and sent it back, and here is what they wrote in their automatic e-mail response.
"Granite Transformations would like to thank you for taking the time to respond to our request. Your thoughts are important to us and we'll improve with your feedback.
We're sorry you're disappointed. We'd like to make this right. We're now looking into the details of your installation and we'll be in touch with you soon. In the meantime, if you'd like to speak with us immediately, please call our office at (303) 420-8920".......well it's over 6 months and still no response from this e-mail. With the feedback form, there was a link to claim a gift certificate worth $25 for local restaurants (I would have to spend $100 to get $25 off. Wow, they really impressed me with this scam, since their initial claim is a $25 gift certificate).
We got the trend glass countertop, the issue is that the tiny pieces of glass held together with their resin easily chip off along the 90*edges and along the rounded edges by the new sink they installed and now catch the material of towels and also your skin.
Bottom line, if I had to do it over again, I would keep looking at other products.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:00 PM   #203
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I have a problem. I had these lovely Granite Transformation countertops installed last October. They recommended a Siligranit sink by Blanco, which they sold to me and they installed, and which we just discovered has a big crack in it. No idea how or why. But now GT wants to top-mount the replacement sink, because they dont want to re-do my granite countertops to make it right. I'm not sure what my rights are, but I'm pretty upset about the whole situation. I don't know how it's going to look if they top-mount it, and, of course, the whole idea was to have it look nice and be easy to clean with the under-mounted sink. I've loved it so far, but now I don't know what to do. I'm in Florida. Does anyone know if GT has to make this right for me?
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:26 PM   #204
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I have a problem. I had these lovely Granite Transformation countertops installed last October. They recommended a Siligranit sink by Blanco, which they sold to me and they installed, and which we just discovered has a big crack in it. No idea how or why. But now GT wants to top-mount the replacement sink, because they dont want to re-do my granite countertops to make it right. I'm not sure what my rights are, but I'm pretty upset about the whole situation. I don't know how it's going to look if they top-mount it, and, of course, the whole idea was to have it look nice and be easy to clean with the under-mounted sink. I've loved it so far, but now I don't know what to do. I'm in Florida. Does anyone know if GT has to make this right for me?
It cracked because of boiling liquid being put into the sink. You know, water from cooking pasta. It seems you need to turn on the water before you dump the pasta or the shock will...well you know now.
This information should have been explained to you when the installer put the counter in. It might even be stated on the contract you signed when you bought the counter.
Read any paperwork you have and if you're not happy with the alternative solution, contact a lawyer.
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:37 AM   #205
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i didn't read all the pages but if this stuff is anything like cast marble BE SURE to get a very popular color scheme that will be made by many manufacturers. we've cast marble in the bathrooms and have found it impossible to match the color schemes that were very popular in this area five years ago. the company who manufactured it is all but out of business and the other ones can't match it.
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Hey there, i've worked with granite transformations here in the charlotte area, this company will do everything right, the no demolition is for real they do install the countertops in less then a day, oh and they have a lifetime warranty, alone with other positive stuff. i like my new granite countertops, and it's real granite, only better.
the price its right for this quality, remember you get what you paid!
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I have to agree with one of the posts I read. I think the stuff is over priced. If you could save enough money to make it worth your while to use GT OK. But, Why pay for a substitute for the real thing.
Hi! We are getting GT and the selling point for us is that it has a lifetime warranty and is supposed to be virtually scratch and burn pervious. If you sell the home the new owner has a 10 year warranty. I don't know what it is for granite. I think you will be pleased with granite or granite transformations. There is a wider selection among granite colors than is offered with granite transformations, though.
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Old 08-01-2010, 03:10 AM   #208
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The product looks good and installation was quick and trouble free. However, the product costs nearly as much as real granite and is not durable. We found one chip on the seam/edge after only a couple of weeks, and a second chip a few months later - both were repaired free-of-charge under the warranty. We have just discovered a third chip, just over a year after the date of installation.

We would definitely NOT recommend Granite Transformations.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:03 PM   #209
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We had granite transformations do our kitchen about 2 years ago.We love the color of the granite composite,and Ill be doing a kitchen reface in white oak in the near future. In hind site i would make sure the old cabinets and formica top or tile tops are very sound, don't be afraid to add cleats or stretchers before construction or demand the installers do so . For sure around sink openings and in the corner of any el shaped areas.lay a 6 foot level around and get it as level and without concave areas as possible by shimming where necessary.your new top needs to be level, so the old top does as well. I had asked the guys to make sure it was so, around the big new sink,they said yea yea ,but when i came in with my own level they started doin the moon walk. It was not even close ! After adhesive is down its hard to change that sort of thing. Also lay out seams away from the sink area,and Inspect their seam work while its happening so if its not to your liking it can be fixxed, Make sure they support the seams while the glue is wet,after wards it cannot be changed at all without removal !! Hind site is a wonderful thing right? Over all i like the look,but you can tell its not a solid chunk of granite.Also it will not polish like granite--it has to much resin in the mix. Satin is all you get. It cleans nicely and takes some heat although we don't set anything really hot directly on the top nor do we cut on it .The cost of our job was about 25-35% less than solid granite. I would give the product an 8 for cost and durability, And the company and installers 7-8.

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Old 08-30-2010, 04:32 AM   #210
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Hi All! I'm planning on a kitchen total remodel. We're replacing floors, cabinets, counter tops and appliances. I really wanted granite, but this granite transformers product seems like a better choice. I just wanted another honest fact about it as to durability and maintenance. Please reply and letr me know of your experience with the product. Thanks in advance.

We were thinking about granite for the counter tops, but this granite transformations product sounds pretty good too. I'd like some really honest facts to its durability and maintenance. Does it need sealing? Does it stain? Does it crack? Can you put hot pots on it without leaving burn marks or destroying the finish? Did your price comparison against granite slabs find it less expensive or comparable? Who sells this product?

Thanks in advance, Eva

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