Taking a bold step away from granite

New products allow homeowners to bring a personal touch to kitchen design

Many homeowners are starting to experiment in the kitchen, trying new colors and materials. Instead of granite, people are turning to quartz or even recycled glass to make their kitchens more personable. (Metro Creative)

Many homeowners are starting to experiment in the kitchen, trying new colors and materials. Instead of granite, people are turning to quartz or even recycled glass to make their kitchens more personable. (Metro Creative)

We are looking for new countertops and heard of a product that is called an "overlay" process. Can you please help us - what is this process and who does this work?

Ed and Nancy, Chino Valley.

When it comes to countertops, creativity is back in vogue. While just a few years back, the trend seemed to favor safe options chosen with resale in mind, today's hottest countertops are showing more colors, textures and patterns, as well as some creative mixing and matching of materials to create more personalized designs. Eco-conscious materials remain hot, as do nature-inspired palettes, and value remains another key trend.

Granite Transformations manufactures superior "overlay" engineered countertops such as granite, quartz, mosaic tiles and recycled glass. If it is time to give your kitchen or bathroom a makeover, the ease of Granite Transformations' revolutionary installation process will make your kitchen or bath remodeling project simple, fast and stress-free. Their countertops are installed directly over your existing tops in as little as one day, so there is no demolition and you will never be without your kitchen.

In addition to kitchen countertops, their surfaces can be used virtually anywhere in your home and are perfect for bathroom vanities, tub surrounds, shower walls, floors and fireplaces.

The quartz countertops from Granite Transformations are stain, scratch and heat-resistant and can stand up to your craziest culinary adventures. The countertops are infused with ForeverSeal, a specially formulated polymer that was created to provide long-lasting functional durability. A quartz countertop from Granite Transformations in addition to being stain, scratch and heat-resistant has a number of other advantages: non-porous, no bacteria will grow on it, maintenance free, no polishing, sealing or reconditioning.

Granite Transformations also manufactures glass mosaic and recycled glass counter overlays. The glass mosaic tiles are veined with enamels to give a classic Italian look. The mosaic slabs can be adhered over many surfaces in the home in a fraction of normal mosaic installation time and creates a quality custom look. The mosaic slabs are pre-grouted with a latex grout which is stain resistant and will not crack and never needs sealing.

The recycled glass tops are made up of up to 72 percent post-consumer recycled glass combined with man-made semi-precious stones to create a shiny, alluring, dynamic surface unlike any other. Again, these tops contain ForeverSeal which makes them stain and scratch-resistant, nonporous and low maintenance. All you need is a soft cloth, soap and water to clean them.

These overlay tops fit over existing surfaces, most jobs are installed in a day, no demolition, no mess, manufactured in the USA, will add value and charm to any home and these products have a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

The other refreshing item about Granite Transformations is that their least senior employee has been with the company for 11 years - how refreshing is that and what does that say about the company. Granite Transformations is located in Phoenix and they are in our area on a weekly basis doing free in-home consultations and doing installations.

The owner Bob Lenberg is a remarkable gentlemen who has pride and passion in his business and product. You can meet Bob at our home show May 13-15 at Prescott Valley Event Center and see the product. Granite Transformations has a huge showroom at 2205 W. Lone Cactus Dr. #23 - close by the Deer Valley Airport where you can see several vignette layouts of the products in a variety of kitchens, baths and much more. Granite Transformations has a local number 928-227-3090.

Any product that can help freshen up the home without breaking the bank and without causing too much disruption in one's daily life is for me. So to this end, a product's quality, performance and reliability are every bit as important as price in achieving value. See you at the home show!

Sandy Griffis is executive director of the Yavapai County Contractors Association. Email your questions to her at ycca@cableone.net or call 928-778-0040.