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Why would I buy an overlay and not a solid piece of granite?

  • 4 minute read
  • Sep 25th, 2019

Have you moved into a new home and the kitchen isn’t really to your taste? Or maybe you have lived in your current home for many years and fancy a change?  Why not consider a worktop overlay makeover… you can easily change the complete look and feel of your kitchen without ripping out your old one, saving a lot of time, money and disruption!  For the eco-friendly among us, a makeover saves on landfill by keeping elements of your kitchen that do not need to be replaced unnecessarily.   These elements include your cabinet carcass, if they are in good working order, a new door will immediately change the look of your kitchen.  Why pay for new cabinets when the old ones are fine?  There are also worktops available that are made from recycled materials making your kitchen even more environmentally friendly.

We often get asked why would I cover my work surface rather than just buy a solid surface? Can any worktop surface be covered?  Will they look as good as a solid stone worktop? We will try and answer your questions here..

Overlay vs Solid Surface

This is personal choice; however, we have found that many of our customers who currently have solid granite worktops don’t know that you can overlay these.  Often our customers want to change their worktops as trends change.  Dark granite was the trend a few years ago and many houses opted for darker worktops. (Image on the left)  This has most certainly changed and current trends are for neutral and lighter colours such as grey and white. (Image on the right is a recent kitchen makeover, replacing both worktops and doors).

Images courtesy of Granite Transformations Cambridge


Removing solid granite worktops and replacing with a new solid surface can be difficult.  The worktop is bonded into place by a strong adhesive.  This generally means that once the worktop is removed the cabinet underneath is damaged and will need replacing.

Customers who do not want the expense or disruption of ripping out their old kitchen cabinets and replacing them in order to change the worktop are best suited to a kitchen makeover company who have the capability of creating an overlay to fit directly over the current granite worktop.  Due to the strength and stability of granite, it is the perfect surface to cover.

Another thing to consider is maintenance. Ensure when you are researching the material you require you understand fully how much care and maintenance that material needs in order to stay looking its best.  Marble, for example, has challenges that come with traditional marble, such as its porous, soft nature, which isn’t ideal for high-traffic, busy areas like kitchens and bathrooms.

Overlay companies use engineered stone which is an agglomerate that looks like the real stone but comes with benefits which include nonporous, stain and scratch-resistant, mould and mildew-resistant, and easy to maintain including no need to reseal.

Can I cover any worktop?

Technically the answer is Yes. That is one of the main qualities of worktop overlays.   As long as you have a strong, stable worktop, thin granite, quartz or recycled glass surfaces can be fitted directly on top. As mentioned above, granite worktops are perfect for a new updated overlay due to the strength and stability of the material. We would not recommend covering wooden surfaces because moisture absorption in timber should be equal both sides to control seasonal movement, so the last thing you want is to have one surface more susceptible to moisture than the other i.e. cover it with our etherium by E-stone surfaces. Simply put, if it does it increases the chance of the substrate, in this instance timber of warping. Of course, you can also remove your existing worktop and lay down a new base of plywood and cement board and apply the stone overlay to this.

The way this works is a designer will visit your home to measure your surfaces exactly and investigate whether the worktop is suitable for an engineered stone overlay.  Fabricators will then create the overlay to fit over your worktops exactly.  This process ensures very little disruption and can be done in just one day.

Will they look as good as solid surfaces?

If your worktop is being covered make sure you understand how thick your worktop will be once finished.   Some companies are unable to supply thin coverings which means your worktop could end up looking too thick and unrealistic.  This may be your preference, but it is a question you should ask up front for you to achieve the end result you require.


  • Quick to install, it can be done in as little as a day.
  • Your existing layout remains the same and therefore no demolition is required saving you the disruption involved in full kitchen replacement.
  • Greener: You save the expense of sending your existing worktops to the landfill.
  • Choose the style: Get the exact kitchen look you like with an extensive range of engineered stone colours available.

Get the kitchen of your dreams without the hassle and cost of replacing your existing kitchen.  Resurface your worktops with top quality, customised worktops designed, made and installed by Granite and TREND Transformations.

Let us help you start planning your renovation project. Find a showroom near you today, fill out the form, or call to schedule a free in-home design consultation.

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We bring affordable luxury to life through home renovations, when people hear our name, they associate it with top-class kitchen and bathroom makeovers and high-quality materials. Since being established in 1996, we’ve become a well-known brand and a leader in the home transformations industry, with thousands of kitchen and bathroom makeovers taking place every month.

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