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Old 05-25-2008, 06:20 PM   #31
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I am in Miami and they came to the house. Gave us a quote ($45/sq. ft). We got the counters installed last Wed. All look and feel great. Shines up nice, very stable, great looking.

The backspash that we ordered came in wrong, so we are waiting for the new ones to arrive. We went with a new product that they offer - a marble tile with colored inserts. We are the first to use this new product, so (it figured) they came in wrong... ah well. Other than that and the fact that they are not great in communication, we like GT.

Remember, that we are in Miami and the quality of workmanship and products and communication are all severely lacking.

I'll post pictures when done.

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Old 05-25-2008, 08:11 PM   #32
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Thanks for the input. They came out and gave us a quote; it was $46/sqft. After the cost of bevels, electrical, plumbing, the total was abut $68/sqft.

the comparable granite or quartz options were about $57/sqft expanding to $83/sqft with the add-ons and tear out. We will probably go with them as my wife likes the look better than the quartz or granite.

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Old 06-03-2008, 06:21 PM   #33
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Ok, well... finally, today 6/3/08, they finished my kitchen. Here are some quick pictures. I still need to switch outlet covers and some other minor things... but you get the idea.



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I Am Looking At This Option Myself. I Am Most Interested In The "no Demolition" Aspect. Anyone Out There Who Has Actually Had Experience With This Product? I Would Appreciate Any Feedback. I Am In The Totowa, Nj Are And Would Be Using The Vendor There. Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:26 AM   #35
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I used GT and the before and after pictures are above... after all was said and done, I am VERY satisfied with this product!

Any questions, just ask...

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I used it in new construction so it demolation wasn't an issue. I talked to the installers and from what he said, the only thing they have to do is if the counter top has a drip edge, they use a belt sander to remove the hump on the edge....again no first hand knowledge...just conversational notes.

As for the product, we are continually impressed with the product, we've had and used it for over a year and love it. When the house was appraised, I specifically told them about the counter top NOT being slab granite, and it didn't make any difference to them I got the "credit" for a stone counter.
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are granite transformations holding up? seems that it would break easy?
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I Am Looking At This Option Myself. I Am Most Interested In The "no Demolition" Aspect. Anyone Out There Who Has Actually Had Experience With This Product? I Would Appreciate Any Feedback. I Am In The Totowa, Nj Are And Would Be Using The Vendor There. Thanks.


I'm very happy with this product. I used it in my kitchen, two bathrooms and around my fireplace. It's awesome.
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are granite transformations holding up? seems that it would break easy?
Once the sheet goods are epoxied to the substrate, it's one unit. It will only be as good as the substrate so if there's water damage, or separation of the laminate from the particle board, it may not be very strong. I would hope the installers are trained to spot these potential issues.

For the product itself, it does have an embedded fiberglass mat that holds the sheet goods together. I have a sample at home and if you bend it much it will crack and break. But it's not meant for installation without a substrate either.
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I had gotten a quote from GT which was quite a bit higher than the originally quoted figure at the showroom - lots of adders, but still less than granite quote from Lowes. I then got a quote from an independent dealer on real granite which was cheaper than GT by about 20%. While I believe that GT is a good product, for us, the real granite was nicer and cheaper.
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When we compared the two, the pricing was similar, but there was no mess or tear-out required for GT and it was done in one day.
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Yes, the tear out was all included in my pricing; that is what made the Lowes granite cost so expensive. It was all included with the independent and I got to pick the actual granite slabs.

The tear out and installation of the granite was all done in one day. We have another contractor that is doing the backsplash in a tile, that is being done now a few days later than the granite. If we had gone with GT, the backsplash would have been also the GT made to look like a tile; so the whole project would have been done in one day. One thing we did have to do with real granite is to remove everything from the lower cabinets before installation.

Here's a summary of our experience:

- Pricing: similar, but if you shop, granite will be cheaper
- Durability: similar (I think, but have no long term data on GT to validate)
- Easy to care for: GT wins here as there is some periodic sealing on granite
- Ease of install: GT wins here (if you have a good installer), but granite install was not bad as done in single day.
- Appearance: this is personal preference, but having looked at all the GT options, and looking at what we did with real granite and the tile, for us, the granite wins. There is just something about the look of real granite, Mother Nature did really well.
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I'm new to this site, but it's already been very helpful. Just had Gran. Tr. out to give an estimate. I wish I had seen this site before the estimate, because now I have some questions which I didn't think of like the placement of seams, and this franchise's installers, which seems to be the most impt. element in the process. I live in No. NJ and the franchise is located in Totowa NJ. Does anyone have any experience with that one?
I also need to check on the possibility of Andrea's situation; that is, if the pieces do not match in color and how they will rectify that.

One thing the salesman said that did seem to make sense in conjunction with G.T's prices vs. comparisons to real granite was that you must consider the original source of the granite. For instance, granite from Italy vs. some other countries he named which he said were are not as high quality. Can't say for sure whether that is true, but I'm definitely enticed by the ease of the maintenance and installation of G.T. so I think if all checks out, that's the way I'll go, and it seems like people have very positive results.

Will admit though, that as someone earlier said, Mother Nature does get it right. I saw some slabs (very expensive) at a place and they were to die for...simply gorgeous. But truthfully, for my kitchen and my house, I think that G.T. will be just right. Will let you know if I decide to do it and how it turns out.
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Yes, the tear out was all included in my pricing; that is what made the Lowes granite cost so expensive.

I posted here earlier, considered G.T. but ended up going with a Cambria quartz product from a local place (ended up cheaper than Home Depot, with reputable installer). I can tell you from experience, doing the tear-out is super easy. I think it took me about a 90 minutes to take out 33 sq ft of laminite tops, including disconnecting and popping out my old sink (I've never done any of this, BTW.) Don't let it intimidate you, it's just demo (it's hard to screw up demo! ).
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I'm new to this site, but it's already been very helpful. Just had Gran. Tr. out to give an estimate. I wish I had seen this site before the estimate, because now I have some questions which I didn't think of like the placement of seams, and this franchise's installers, which seems to be the most impt. element in the process. I live in No. NJ and the franchise is located in Totowa NJ. Does anyone have any experience with that one?
I also need to check on the possibility of Andrea's situation; that is, if the pieces do not match in color and how they will rectify that.

One thing the salesman said that did seem to make sense in conjunction with G.T's prices vs. comparisons to real granite was that you must consider the original source of the granite. For instance, granite from Italy vs. some other countries he named which he said were are not as high quality. Can't say for sure whether that is true, but I'm definitely enticed by the ease of the maintenance and installation of G.T. so I think if all checks out, that's the way I'll go, and it seems like people have very positive results.

Will admit though, that as someone earlier said, Mother Nature does get it right. I saw some slabs (very expensive) at a place and they were to die for...simply gorgeous. But truthfully, for my kitchen and my house, I think that G.T. will be just right. Will let you know if I decide to do it and how it turns out.
My husband and I visited some customers' homes and saw their installations. We also visited the showroom and saw what they had to offer. in addition, i called several other customers to get their opinions of their project results and all were happy. I should add, that due to an accidental dropping of a bottle of olive oil right on the edge of the countertop, we had a dime-sized chip on the edge. The GT owner came to my house to patch it with a resin substance and it looks fine. The finish is a bit duller, but you really can't see the repair if it's not pointed out to you. In addition, he would not take any money for it. He was awesome!!!

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