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Question DetailsAsked on 3/3/2012

Replacing tile and lam countertops with new lam....

I am moving into a new place in a couple of weeks and the tops in the kitchen are tile - so is the backsplash, which is lovely. I am wanting to find out if there are any brave souls who have taken out a tile top without ruining the walls/backsplash. I hope to replace tops with new HD lam - rolled edge, no backsplash. Home Depot wouldn't touch it (!!) and Lowe's install price was far more than the tops themselves! Have seen it done, know it can be done, yet everyone seems afraid! Also, similar situation in baths - with full mirrors on tops as backsplashes - is it a sure thing the mirrors will break upon reinstall of tops? This is not an anomoly, but a normal construction issue - any thoughts??

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Yes it can be done but extra care and time must be taken. Any good contractor is going to ask you to sign a waiver that you understand the risks and they are not responsible if the mirrors or backsplashes are damaged. One problem you will likely encounter is the thickness difference between the old and new tops. If the existing tops are thicker than the new ones you could end up with a gap between the new tops and backsplashes. If the new tops are thicker than the old they can be butted up against the backsplashes but will protrude a bit further than typical unless they are trimmed on site. Either way there will be variations which will create gaps that will have to just be covered with caulk. The tops need to be caulked to the splashes anyway but larger gaps are not the most desirable.

Typically the replacement of tops and splashes go hand in hand. You will have to pay more for a knowledgeable laminate installer who is willing to take the extra time to install the new tops versus a fresh install that will recieve new splashes afterwards. Look on Angie's List for small independent installers. They will be your best bet.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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