Unless you get incredibly lucky, there will be seams in your granite countertop.
Granite slabs are manufactured in specific sizes (usually only nine feet long), so they can be transported safely. If your counter is too long, you’ll have to use multiple pieces of granite and seam them together.
Unfortunately, seaming your countertop isn’t always an easy process so it’s best left to the pros.
Here are a few things to know if you’re having granite countertops installed.
What Is a Seam?
A seam is a gap between two different pieces of granite countertop. Once the pieces are installed, it will look like a straight line running through part of your counter.
Ending up with a seam in your granite countertop is inevitable and typically there isn’t much you can do to avoid them.
However, there are several things that can be done to help hide them.
1. Choose the Right Resin Color
When two pieces of granite countertop are installed, they are seamed with a polyester resin that keeps them from separating or moving around.
The color of this resin can be matched with the color of your countertop to hide the seam somewhat. It won’t make the seam disappear completely, but it will be harder to spot.
In some case, granite colors may be hard to match so the color of the resin may not help too much.
2. Keep the Seams Out of Sight
You can also strategically place your seams in out of the way counter locations. This placement could be under cabinets, at the corner of L shaped counters or as far to the edge of your counter as possible.
The best way to hide a seam is to put it in the same place as a stovetop cut out. Only a small seam would be visible in the front of the stovetop and the back.
Be careful about putting seams near cutouts though. Sometimes, putting a seam in a cutout can weaken the overall strength of the counter. It’s not usually recommended to put seams near sink cutouts.
3. Match Color and Patterns
Make sure the two pieces of granite you’re putting next to each other have the same general color and pattern. The closer you get, the harder it will be to notice a seam.
This fact may seem obvious, but if overlooked, you could end up with two very different looking pieces of granite that leave a completely visible seam in your counter.
4. Make Sure the Pieces Are the Same Size
There is nothing worse than a lumpy seam. This seam is caused when one piece of a granite countertop is slightly taller than the other piece or granite countertop.
You’ll be able to see and feel the difference easily, even if it’s only a fraction of an inch off.
Thus, it’s important that the edges are double checked before seamed together.
Should I Be Worried About Seam Granite Countertops?
The resin used to seam granite countertops is incredibly strong, so the seam won’t break or move around once it’s sealed.
It’ll be able to withstand the same amount of use as any other part of your counter.
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