When countertops become worn or out of date, it is time to replace them. If you are thinking about replacing your countertops, select from an array of options. One of these options includes fitting granite countertops over your existing countertops. Before choosing this option, there are several factors to consider.
Granite countertops that are fitted over existing countertops generally last as long as traditional countertops. However, the countertops need to be installed properly to avoid moisture from getting in between the two countertops and causing mold and deterioration of the existing countertop.
Fitting granite countertops over existing countertops saves money, as there is no cost for labor to remove the old countertops. It also take less time to install the granite over the countertop, as the old ones will not need to be removed.
Putting a granite countertop over the existing countertop raises the overall countertop height, which may make the countertop difficult or awkward to use. You may also need to have costly custom work done to hide the edge of the existing countertop if it is not concealed by the granite.
In general, granite countertops are more expensive than other countertop choices, such as laminate, and could cost more than $1,000, depending on the size of the countertop. A slab of granite countertop that fits over an existing countertop will usually cost about the same as a regular slab of granite that would be used as part of a traditional countertop.
If the existing countertops or cabinets underneath are deteriorating, it is not advisable to put a granite countertop over them. The weight of the granite could cause the deteriorated countertops and cabinets to cave in.