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Worktop Overlays FAQs

Welcome to our worktop overlay FAQs page, where we address all your queries and concerns regarding this innovative solution for remodelling your kitchen and workspaces. Whether you’re curious about the installation process, and materials used, or just curious about the top that fits on top, we’ve got you covered. Dive in to discover everything you need to know about our worktop overlays and make an informed decision for your next home improvement project.

How do you fit worktops around my sink and/or hob?

Very easily! As all of our kitchen and bathroom worktops are made of engineered stone overlays, every single piece is manufactured and cut to the exact dimensions of your space. Unlike using solid slabs of natural stone, we can make incredibly precise cuts in order to fit around sinks and hobs, or even any special features your home may have.

Last updated: 22nd August, 2023
How much do overlay worktops cost?

Engineered stone overlays like our granite, quartz and recycled glass overlay worktops are precision manufactured for quality, beauty, and durability, so you can expect to pay for excellent quality. However, they could cost a lot less than you might think and occupy the sweet spot we like to call ‘affordable’ luxury. Also, you’ll save money just by choosing overlay worktops as you won’t need to pay for expensive removal of your old worktops, or all the other extra costs which come with your kitchen being out of action. The exact price will vary depending on your space, as all our overlay worktops are made exactly to measure. Our design and installations specialists would be more than happy to give you a free, no obligation quotation for any job, big or small.

Last updated: 4th July, 2023
Where can I see granite overlay worktops?

You can see our full range of granite overlay worktops right here on our website, or also see them in person at any of our showrooms located all around the UK. We can also arrange for one of our design experts to bring some to your home so you can see how they look in your kitchen with a free, no obligation home consultation.

Last updated: 4th July, 2023
Is overlaying worktops with quartz worth it?

Absolutely! Quartz overlays are a stunning addition to your home which are available in a huge variety of styles to suit any design. Whether you choose a more classical marble effect or go for something which sparkles with its own inner light, quartz overlays can totally transform how you feel about the most important rooms in your home. Much more affordable than solid slabs of stone, but even more durable and long-lasting, quartz overlays are an investment which will pay off for many years to come.

Last updated: 4th July, 2023
Can you overlay existing worktops?

Yes! In fact, that’s our speciality. In the vast majority of cases, as long as your existing worktop in still solid and structurally sound, we can install all of our overlay worktops directly on top of your existing ones. If you’re not sure your existing worktops are suitable for overlays – though, they almost certainly are! – we recommend contacting your nearest Granite & TREND Transformations showroom.

Last updated: 4th July, 2023
How much are quartz or granite overlay worktops?

Great quality is never cheap, but our quartz and granite overlay worktops could be a lot more affordable than you think – especially as you won’t need to pay to have your old surfaces removed or fork out all the extra expenses of having your kitchen out of action for weeks on end. The exact price will vary depending on your space, as all our overlay worktops are made exactly to measure. Our design and installations specialists would be more than happy to give you a free, no obligation quotation for any job, big or small.

Last updated: 4th July, 2023
Are granite overlay worktops any good?

Granite overlay worktops have an unmistakable natural elegance that can create a stunning new look in any space. They are also a great choice for busy rooms such as kitchen and bathrooms, as they are particularly resistant to damage and spills, as well as being very easy and cost-effective to maintain.

Our granite overlay worktops have the same look as stone cut from select quarries but are made with up to 72% post-consumer recycled materials, meaning they have considerably less impact on the environment.

Last updated: 4th July, 2023
Are quartz overlay worktops any good?

Quartz overlay worktops from our etherium® By E-Stone range are easy to install, very long-lasting, and look fantastic. Arguably one of the most visually elegant and versatile of overlay worktops, quartz overlays come in a huge variety of colours, styles, and finishes, meaning you can use them to create a range of new looks for your kitchen – from the rustic and timeless, through to the sleek and modern. As they are made from up to 72% recycled materials rather than sourced through wasteful quarry extraction, they are the greener choice for your home, too!

Last updated: 4th July, 2023
Are overlay worktops any good?

Overlay worktops in your kitchen or bathroom not only look and feel great, but they are also hard-wearing and durable. Made from engineered stone, our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces are both beautiful and functional, combining a timeless elegance with affordable luxury which is unmatched. On top of that, they are incredibly easy to install, too! As they are made to measure off-site and can bond directly on top of your existing surfaces, there’s no need for expensive and messy removal of your old surfaces.

Last updated: 4th July, 2023
How does the worktop fit around the sink units?

The sink is simply removed and reinstalled after the granite overlay is fitted.

Last updated: 1st November, 2021
How strong is the product?

Our stain, scratch, and heat-resistant surfaces are built to take the rough with the smooth. The diamond-polished finish may look and feel as smooth as glass, but it’s tough enough to resist everyday impacts from heavy pans and cast-iron cookware. Read more about our manufacturing process.

Last updated: 1st November, 2021
Are your worktops suitable for new kitchens?

Yes, our worktops can be installed in new fitted kitchens and offer endless design possibilities, such as waterfall ends, large seamless island units, varying edge depths and bespoke worktop dimensions. In fact we can supply everything including the cabinets, so you don’t need to co-ordinate with lots of different suppliers! And, as with similar engineered stone products, our product will be mounted on an MDF substrate or water-resistant construction board, before being fitted onto the kitchen cabinets. We can also incorporate splashbacks into the kitchen design, using our worktop material or authentic Italian glass mosaic tiles. Find out more about our kitchen & features here.

Last updated: 1st November, 2021
Can you go over any work surface?

We can go over almost any worktop if the existing surface is in reasonable condition. However, we do not advise going over timber surfaces as this material swells and moves, which dis-lodges the edging of the granite overlay. Do not fear, though, as we can replace your timber worktops with a slightly different installation process. Our qualified specialist installers carefully remove your existing wood worktops and replace them with a moisture-resistant substrate. We then apply our etherium® By E-Stone worktop, directly over that substrate.

Last updated: 12th October, 2023
Will existing worktops be removed?

No! The ‘top that fits on top’ is made to fit exactly over existing kitchen worktops, so there is no need to remove them. We will also remove and re-install your sink and hob unit, so they sit properly on your new worktop, although we can supply new fittings if you prefer. The same or contrasting worktop material can also be extended upwards as splashbacks, over the existing tiles, or we can install our unique mosaic collection, for an eye-catching finishing touch.

Last updated: 1st November, 2021
Why should I choose one of your work surfaces?

Our Italian granite, quartz and recycled glass work surfaces look fabulous and offer a host of advantages over natural granite, stone, solid synthetic and other work surfaces. The diamond-polished finish is simple to wipe clean, with no special detergents or cleaners and no regular sealing required. These tough, hardwearing surfaces are non-porous, highly resistant to staining with coffee, wine, olive oil, vinegar and cosmetics.

Last updated: 1st November, 2021

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