Help! My Granite Countertop Is Chipped: Can It Be Repaired?
It's not as bad as it seems, and chances are it will look like new. Granite is one of the toughest countertop materials on the market today, but that doesn't mean it's impervious to chips. Because it's a natural stone, variations in density can make certain spots a little more susceptible to damage from a major impact, such as a heavy object dropped on a corner. The good news is that, more often than not, a granite countertop is repairable with virtually no telltale sign afterward.
Here's what you need to know about fixing an accidental chip or crack in your granite in the unlikely event that the worst should happen.
Identify the Damage
There are four types of damage or imperfection that granite might be likely to experience:
Fissures look like cracks along the surface, but they're actually a naturally occurring seam. It's sometimes difficult to determine whether a fissure or crack is the culprit, but fissures tend to run along the grain. Cracks usually appear at stress areas and can run in any direction. Either type might be superficial or go deep into the stone. Breaks are more common on unsupported edges, especially in areas that take a lot of abuse. Chips usually occur along countertop edges, especially those with a sharp instead of curved edge. Consider Your Options In most cases, professional granite repair of any damage is best. But that's especially true for breaks, fissures and cracks. Breaks need bonding, plus exactly the right touch to realign the broken piece with the rest of the countertop. Fissures and cracks might run deep, so proper bonding is critical for preventing a break later. As for chips, you can get a professional repair or think about repairing on your own. Because chips are usually smaller and much more superficial, there's less worry about the integrity of the stone. Clear epoxy can make even highly-patterned granite look new. Coloring agents help larger repairs blend. Which Materials Repair Granite? Epoxies are the go-to bonding agent for cracks, fissures and full breaks. These repairs are usually best left to the pros, but some DIY kits are available. The risk of DIY is discoloration of the surrounding stone and an improper bond that encourages further damage. For chips, it's much easier. Small damage can be repaired using a thicker epoxy resin. If you have the chip in one piece, you can re-bond it using epoxy. If the chip is in several pieces or you don't have it at all, thick epoxy can fill in the divot and make a somewhat invisible repair. A professional can make the repair virtually invisible using epoxy, special tools and sometimes a coloring agent. More than likely, your granite countertop will last a lifetime - and then some. Even though it's a durable stone, accidents can happen. Fortunately, all isn't lost if you have a chip, crack or even a complete break. Using the right repair techniques and materials, chances are no one else will ever know the damage was there at all. Don't let worry about damage steer you away from granite. It's one of the toughest materials that you can buy, and there's no surpassing its versatility or beauty. Although there are no guarantees, you're much less likely to have damage with granite than any other material. And if it does happen, BT Kitchen and Bath can make the long lasting repair that you need. Contact us for more information about the most popular countertop material in the U.S.