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Old 08-31-2010, 11:11 AM
 
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We are looking to update the house we just purchased and have been debating about doing slab granite or using granite transformations, the company that does a thin slab of an engineered granite over your existing countertops. The big advantages are it can be done in a day or 2, they don't need to tear out the old backsplash tile ( and possibly lead to a drywall re-do), and the product doesn't need routine maintenance.Just wondered if anyone had any experience with the local franchise.
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Superior
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I didn't know about that process, so I did some quick research. A random suggestion here - you should redo the backsplash at the same time, or you're going to have the lowest 1/4" of tiles covered, and that would look sloppy. Perhaps you can ask them about how they approach marrying the new counter 'cover' to an existing backsplash when you talk to the company. As potential buyers, we always look for granite countertops. I wonder if you get the same bang for your buck when it comes time to sell?
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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I had no idea what it was either so I did a search for "granite transformation reviews".

Very mixed and in one forum, it was thought that the good reviews were shills. There was also a review in there from a person in the Denver area and it was not good regarding the dealer - they didn't say which it was though. I would really, really do some research.

We redid our countertops just over a year ago and used Home Depot. They have Stonemark granite - no maintenance. Also, the installation just took a day. From beginning to end it was a really good experience for us. The only hickup for us was the special order drain things for the new sink (we didn't want stainless steal). The wrong part was sent to the house. Problem was, we couldn't use that side of the sink until we had the right thing. So we immediately went over to Home Depot. Without charging anything he just gave us a temporary part, refunded the wrong part and ordered the new one and didn't charge us for it.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: CO @ 8300'
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Someone from Granite Transformations came to our house a few years ago to give us an estimate after we had seen a display at FlatIrons Mall. The woman who showed up was very unprofessional and spent nearly 5 hours talking about her family and personal problems. After that excruciatingly long process and a ridiculously high estimate we decided that they couldn't pay US to do business with them. I also researched them online and the reviews were not very impressive. (do a Google search)
We would much rather pay for the real thing or another solid surface product... someday.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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Just try any stone/granite fabricator in denver/boulder area. It will be cheaper and granite transformations is a joke of a company.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Superior
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That's what I was thinking - unless the price is REALLY different, get the real deal.
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