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Question DetailsAsked on 3/21/2015

how often does granite break when installing new kitchen cabinets?

With a kitchen flood, my insurance company removed my cabinets and left the granite counters on 2x4's. Can cabinets safely be installed under the granite without breaking or should I be pushing for all new granite as well? I'm concerned as usually you attach the stone from the top of the cabinets and these will have to be slid under.

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Granite is virtually indestructble. Not totally, but pretty darn close.

As long as it's properly supported it won't crack or break. It's not uncommon at all for granite to be reused. Usually the problem is that it's not an exact fit for the new cabinets. So it either has to be refashioned or replaced entirely. But if the layout of the new cabinets matches the old exactly there won't be an issue.

Before they come back with the cabinets have a look under the slab with a flashlight and look for any damage. Maybe take some pictures. And do the same after they put the cabinets in. You'll still be able to see most of the stone after they install the cabinets.

Answered 5 years ago by RodeoMan


Not sure why this one appeared in the list as a new question - looks old - but whatever.

As long as the countertop is elevated enough to allow for proper shimming under it and gluing or fastening to the countertops (same as would be done with a new install), should make no difference between that and a new countertop install. The key is emphasizing proper support for the countertop (no major unsupported areas unless thick granite, and no high spots that can "break its back". Personally, I would have no problem with this assuming the granite is conventional "thick" granite - say the usual 1 to 1-1/2" minimum thickness. If one of the newer thin veneer granites - which come as thin as 1/8" in some cases, certainly I would be concerned if they were not "backed" - mounted on a plywood backing board, as anything under about an inch should be anyway.

And of course inspect closely for countertop damage, and photograph well to have a record of the "before" condition so they can't claim pre-existing damage.

No way the insurance company would go for all new granite countertops if they were not damaged in the loss event.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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