Central Granite Repair
Central Granite Repair is proud to offer the very best granite repair and restoration services in the Greater Philadelphia area, guaranteeing a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your countertops at a price far less than the cost of replacement. We have built our business on a progression of client referrals, as a direct result of our excellent service and professionalism.
With more than 15 years of experience in the natural stone industry, proprietor Kevin Givnin, has encountered all kinds of granite imperfections, treating each one with a unique and meticulous approach. Our services include:
Repair of Cracks & BROKEN EDGES
The most common repair required for any natural stone is a crack. Cracks can occur for numerous reasons, such as excessive weight on the countertops’ surface, water intrusion under the slab, and/or poor installation. They are fixed by using a liquid epoxy called "Flowing." Flowing is advantageous because it allows the repair to be completed without removing the stone from the cabinet. Great attention is taken to make sure that the cracked surface is releveled before any adhesive is added. The flowing seeps into the crack and bonds the two pieces of stone together. Once dry, the flowing is as strong, and sometimes even stronger, than the original stone itself! The color of the flowing is then matched to the color of the stone, and the repair is virtually undetectable.
repair of chips & Pits
Chips can occur and be repaired anywhere on your countertop, although they are most prevalent around the edges of a kitchen sink. During fabrication, most companies will put a slightly rounded finish over the sink edges, making it easily susceptible to damage. To repair a chip, a thick epoxy glue called "Knife Grade" is used. The color of the glue is expertly matched the natural stone and is then applied to the chip. Once dry, the surface is carefully polished and blended with the effected edge, so it is invisible to an unknowing eye.
The location and number of seams on a countertop depends on the surface area of the slab or remnant, and the configuration of the countertop. Seams are intended to maintain a strong bond between two adjacent cuts of stone, but they can become compromised with changes such as home settling and/or new construction in the surrounding area. In most cases, seams are repaired the same way as a crack—with liquid epoxy called “Flowing.” First the seam is thoroughly cleaned with acetone, then it is blasted with an air compressor, and finally the adhesive is applied to bond the stone back together.
The most common reason to cut a natural stone in a home is to accommodate the installation of a new appliance--like a cooktop or a stove--that has different dimensions than the previous appliance. We use extreme care to prevent any dust particles from entering other areas of the home.
Surface Cleaning, Sealing, AND dull spot removal
It is recommended that natural stones be resealed on an annual basis. Countertops that are not properly sealed will allow for the penetration of grease and oils into the pores of the stone, causing a much larger problem like a stain. The resealing process starts with a heavy cleaning that employs the combined use of acetone, razor blades, and steel wool. Once clean the surface is ready to be sealed, an industrial grade silicone-based sealer is applied to protect the stone and restore its natural beauty.
Often times contractors are hesitant to mount dishwashers to the countertop, as it is the job of the granite company. We have an innovative new system to secure your dishwasher in place if this is a situation that you have stumbled upon.