Post # 1
Has anybody put granite into their kitchen and needed to have it seamed? We have a long galley kitchen and one slab is not long enough for the one side so there will be a seam. Are the seams noticable and do they hold up over time? The seam will be in the middle of a long run, not at a corner.
Post # 3
Can you make the seam fall where the sink or stovetop go? We have a seam in both places, and you don’t notice them at all.
Post # 4
That’s too bad, I hate to see a seam in granite counters! I agree with @CanAmBride about trying to put the seam on an appliance. Have you thought of using another material? Marble is beautiful, more pourous though. Or another supplier maybe? One you can provide a slab long enough for your counter?
Post # 5
Can’t do Marble, husband would destroy. I can see about other suppliers, I still have some estimates yet to come in. There is a sink on that wall but I don’t know if you would want the seam too close to the sink due to water issues and that the granite needs to support the sink. I thik we could go Corian to avoid the seam but Corian seems less popular these days, and we help to see in about two years.
Post # 6
We don’t have a seam in our kitchen now, but in our old apt, they had granite countops and used 2 different slabs for the L shapped kitchen. The seam was not noticable, and didn’t bother me in the least;I still thought they looked very nice.
Post # 7
@kayakgirl73:It is great that you’re looking into other materials. There are so many great ones out there! If you choose to go with granite, know that it is supported by the cabinets all the way around, so the weight of the sink and where the seam will have very little effect. The seam is very small and is sealed with silicone, so it’s water tight.
This isn’t my kitchen, but ours is just like it. Our sink actually comes out closer to the edge so the seam is even less noticeable.
Post # 8
My sister and BIL are in the granite business and they say that if it’s done correctly, you won’t even know where the seam is.
Post # 9
Does anybody know if Silestone or the Quartz stuff comes in longer lengths. One counter ia about 11 feet long.
Post # 10
I have soapstone in my kitchen, which we put in and I highly recommend it. Both of our counters are long and one is a L shape. We have 2 seams. The soapstone could be filed and joined so it is almost seamless.
The best part of using soapstone though, is that we had a soapstone sink put in. It is the best part of our renovation because I could make it as deep and as large as I wanted. It is of the same slab of stone, so it is all integrated.
Post # 11
My parents have granite counters with a seam, and it’s not that noticable. If it’s unavoidable, I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 12
It’s not very noticible unless you’re looking for it. My seam is near the corner about 2 feet or so to the left my sink, somewehere I don’t really pay attention to. I prefer that to putting it at the sink for the moisture reason from spashing at the sink, and even though it shows only a few inches of the seam instead of the width of your whole counter, I use and wipe around the sink so often it would be in my face all the time.
Post # 13
Mine is in a corner too and you can hardly see the two seams we have! Not a big deal!
Post # 14
I wouldn’t be happy about it in the middle of the counter. Most I’ve seen are in the middle of a sink (so there’s less of a visible seam).
I noticed them when I’m in front of them (vs. see them from a distance) and they are necessary if you have a long counter top.
@jooly: I love soapstone and had NO IDEA you could do a sink out of it – so good to know! Thanks for posting that!
Post # 15
My parents have a long counter and they have a seam and its not that noticeable. They put the seam at the sink as well, but on the bar, its just a seam.
They have had theirs for quite a few years now and haven’t had any issues with the seam being around the sink.