Granite is a beautiful material, and is commonly used in kitchens. Granite makes for a fantastic and attractive countertop.
Granite countertops can be modified easily by cutting them down to size - but can you do the job yourself? It's not an easy job, and can be risky and hard work - but with our guide, you'll at least have some idea of what you're in for!
About Granite Countertops
Granite is a hard stone used as a building material. It is often used to make countertops and other surfaces. It is also used to create jewelry.
It is made up of quartz crystals and feldspar minerals. Quartz is harder than most stones, but feldspar is softer.
Granite counters should be maintained regularly. You should clean them once every two months. This helps prevent damage to the surface. Sanding and refinishing them when necessary helps protect them from water and wear and tear.
Granite is very hard and durable, but it can be expensive. You can reuse your existing granite countertop designs by cutting out the areas you want to change.
Kitchen countertops should be reused - and only replaced when they absolutely need replacing. Granite countertops are expensive.
Cutting A Granite Slab
The cutting process for a granite slab is not an easy one - and it comes with inherent risks.
Aside from taking the necessary safety precautions, you should also be aware that it's very easy to damage and even completely destroy your granite countertop if you cut it badly.
Therefore, if you're not experienced at cutting stone, it might be best not to do it yourself.
However, if you need to make countertop modifications - for instance, to install a larger sink - or just need to cut any sort of slab of granite, but can't stretch your budget to get professional work done, then here are some tips if you want to try the job yourself.
Protect yourself by wearing a dust mask, safety goggles, and hearing protection. Cutting granite is noisy, and it's a dirty job without a wet-cut circular saw.
A wet-cut circular saw is the best tool for cutting granite. A dry saw produces too much granite dust.
Cover the section you intend to cut with paint tape. Because the tape merely serves to protect the surface and reduces the risk of chip, the location of the tape needn’t be precise.
Simply place two or three strips across the top side in the general area where you'll be cutting you’ll be cutting right through it.
Measure carefully and make a cut line on top of the painter’s tape with a marker. Take your time and check your measurements again.
Use a diamond blade marked for cutting granite. Make a short back cut to reduce the risk of the stone chipping. This helps prevent breaking of the piece.
Use a clamp to hold the stone firmly while you cut.
Keep the blade perpendicular to the surface of the granite. Move slowly and carefully. Don't press down hard on the handle when using the wet saw.
Cut a second line from the first line, but make sure you're cutting into the same spot. The saw should be moved to the other side of the slab then cut along the line of the back-cut.
Light pressure should be maintained while cutting to avoid breaking the slab.
Be careful as you go, and you should find yourself able to cut your granite countertop as needed.
However, if you don't feel it's worth the risk, consider getting a professional to do the work for you.
Moving Granite Countertops
Granite is a strong, durable, and beautiful stone that is easy to install. It is also very heavy and difficult to move around. You should be careful when installing granite because there is a high chance of breaking.
You should be careful when removing a countertop because it may crack if you lift it too quickly.
Granite is heavy but strong. However, it can break easily if not handled correctly. You need many people to move it around because it's hard to lift. You must avoid any pressure points as you move the stone.
Granite countertops are heavy materials that require a lot of effort to move around. When you remove them, there is a chance of damaging the surface. You should hire professional help if you want to avoid any mishap.
Proper and professional removal techniques must be used to minimize any risks of damaging the furniture. Additionally, it also should be moved in a proper manner.
Several people have to hold it along its width to avoid any pressure points which may lead to cracking. Furniture should be carried in a vertical position to evenly distribute the weight and avoid cracking.
Granite countertops are very heavy, but you can reuse them if you take proper precautions. Moving your existing countertops is a risky DIY job, however, so you may need to hire professional help to do this safely.
Other Ways To Reuse Your Granite Countertop
Granite counters are very durable and long lasting. They should be reused wherever possible. There were over 53 million tons of construction material thrown away in 2012.
This amount was equivalent to more than half of the total weight of all the garbage produced by Americans in a single year. Most of this waste can be reused or recycled.
Your counters still have value and removed counters are often reused in new homes. Removing them makes room for new appliances, sinks, etc.
Old countertops get recycled into other things. They become the base of new counters. When they're removed, they are taken away to be crushed down and made into new products.
Countertops are often used as flooring in new homes. Old countertops can be refinished, cut up, and made into smaller pieces of granite or marble after they've been a countertop in someone's home.
You can also choose to have your countertops refinished, cut down, and made into smaller pieces for your home project.
Hopefully you've learned what you needed to know about cutting and reusing your granite countertop!