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Old 07-14-2008, 06:04 AM   #46
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From all of my research, GT is a fine product if installed correctly. However, it is not cheaper than granite or quartz. I do not believe that anyone should decide on the basis that GT does not require tear out of the old. We went with granite in a large kitchen and four baths. The tear out and install of all were done in one day. We had a second day for a plumber to install new fixtures throughout - would have had that either way. We then had a third day for the people to do the back splash in tile.

The bottom line, we did spend one extra day, but we got exactly the look we wanted. My advice is to get what your really want from an appearance perspective; you will be living with this for a long time. That extra day spent at the front will long be forgotten. Don't compromise - if the GT selection is just right, go for it; otherwise keep looking.

If you are remodeling for resale, my feel is that real granite would make more sense.

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Old 07-17-2008, 02:04 PM   #47
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I have never seen GT in person, but from what I saw on a recent DIY kitchen remodel, it looks no better than a WilsonArt laminate the has the same pattern of granite and a fraction of the cost. I can not believe that GT is almost as expensive as real granite.....why have "fake" if you can have the real thing? I'd like to be able to see this with my own eyes, but have no clue as to where they even handle it in midwest Kansas.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:25 PM   #48
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Well, engineeered stone is indeed 95% granite or quartz and 5% epoxy or polyester; but is that by volume or by weight?

Actually, it is granite chips, sometimes the chips that fall to the floor after real granite has been cut. My question is: if that's so why is it priced like granite, perhaps 5%-10% cheaper by somewhere around $50 per sq ft? Certainly doesn't cost that.

Sure it is atttractive, I know...but if I am willing to fork out that kinda scratch, my money would go for the real thing.

Silestone and caesarstone are trade names, I believe. Scratches way too easily for that kind of price, take a key to it and do a test. Easy to fix though, so don't worry.
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:47 AM   #49
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This company has been extremely disappointing to deal with. What was supposed to take a few days has taken 7 months and the nightmare is still not over. The counter literally fell apart and, after many calls, we had to go through the installers arriving without the pieces they needed again, leaving two thirds of the job unfinished for several more days. The first installers didn't show up when they promised, drilled faucet holes incorrectly, and, according to this second installer, didn't reinforce the apron around the counter. Pieces were cut incorrrectly, and the bottom edges were left open and unfinished. One day they just started falling off. After we called them, it has taken almost a month and I'm still looking at pieces of the apron which they left behind on the floor. They did not call as promised to confirm their appointment, and after calling three numbers, I got the installer on his cell phone, who acted surprised that no one called me to tell me he was coming TODAY in one hour. Because we have a large kitchen counter, the installation is in pieces which don't match although they are passable, and the thin sheets of composite are much more cheesy than we expected. BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY. I live in Miami. Maybe things are better in other locations.

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Hi everyone, I am new at this and I just wanted to let everyone know that as I read thought these listing. My experience with The Granite Transformations in Miami Florida was GREAT. I have never had the pleasure of dealing with a professional establishment as I have with this company.

My salesman was very informative, help me pick out the right color and got the ball rolling. Within a couple of week they were at my door ready to install. Boy were they super nice, clean and efficient. They covered everything from the floors to the cabinets. All was great. They installed my new countertop in just one day.

It really hard to find a good HONEST company in Miami and to deal with all the difficult people, But this company has the “Right Stuff”

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Old 07-18-2008, 09:41 PM   #51
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the last two postings show the importance of the installation process. Both GT and real granite or quartz requires expertise in building the proper templates. A misstep will be a disaster. I would guess there is horror stories on any of these products.

Personally, I believe that GT is a good product but overpriced. The price quoted me at my house was $69/sqft. IMHO, that is just too much versus the installed price of natural granite. However, if the look of GT is exactly what you want, then that is the best product for you.
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Mikenk,
You mentioned you were pleased with your contacts for granite and tile in the Dallas area? I'm looking at options to update my kitchen as I prepare my house for sale and would love to know your contacts, if you're willing to share them. I'm hesitant to sink too much money into updates so finding a great deal is always appreciated.
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Karen,

I tried to send a PM but didn't have enough postings to do so. I used Builders Marble and Granite in Farmersville (www.buildersmarble.net) and Dungan's flooring / tile in McKinney for the tile. I am not sure whether it was a great deal, just better than Lowes or GT quote. We have been quite pleased with the results, both in workmanship, speed, and final appearance.

We also did all our baths in granite; in addition to having slabs to pick from, they also have a large remnant pile for even better deals.

Good luck.
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Hey, this is my first post. I have been reading all the conversation about GT. I first saw GT on HGTV. They were getting a house ready to sell. I got so excited because I loved the look and I thought erroneously that the countertops were cheaper than traditional granite. I have wanted granite for the longest, but for me the price is prohibitive. The price for the countertops was like $900 on the show. They were doing the 2,000 makeover. Oh, well, maybe someday

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Thanks Mike. Your info is much appreciated!
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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.
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I realize you believe in and want to defend your product; however, making it sound like a super product that is far superior to real granite is a little farfetched. I think GT is a good product if installed correctly and should be as durable as the real thing; however, it is not less expensive, is not as attractive (IMHO), and will not give the same resale value.
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Has anyone heard about the radon gas factor in granite?? Some people are having it taken out of their homes.

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What's your source of information for this?
Just logic and input from a real estate broker. In our area, people prefer granite in kitchens; it is a selling feature. i can not perceive that a not well known product of crushed granite in an epoxy base will be a selling point.
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Just logic and input from a real estate broker. In our area, people prefer granite in kitchens; it is a selling feature. i can not perceive that a not well known product of crushed granite in an epoxy base will be a selling point.

It was on CBS's The Early Show. I saw and read the article from my AOL home page.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...n4292754.shtml


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