Last Updated on April 25, 2018
Are you ready for a spa-like experience in your home? Who isn’t, right? Then it may be time to ditch your tub and convert it into a spacious walk-in shower. Today’s homeowners are soaking up the idea of tub-to-shower conversions as this new trend is bringing an oasis of luxury to bathrooms across the country.
Whether you’re looking to make your shower more accessible, or you don’t have a need for your bathtub anymore, Granite Trend Transformations offers you the option to go with a curbless or curbed tub-to-shower conversion.
The Benefits of Tub-to-Shower Conversions
A tub-to-shower conversion can bring you a host of benefits you’ll enjoy for years to come. Here are some of them:
- Bathroom will appear larger – Without the tub in the way, your bathroom floor will have a better flow, creating a seamless look to make your bathroom appear larger.
- Improves accessibility – A curbless shower accommodates the needs and abilities of everyone in your home by offering a safe way to enter a tub, without the need to climb into it.
- Easier to clean – Tubs have a lot of nooks and crevices where mold and mildew can grow, which makes cleaning a hassle. Walk-in showers are more streamlined, making them easier to clean.
- Keeps water down the drain – No more standing water. Curbless shower floors are sloped toward the drain, typically on one end of the shower floor to send water down the drain and away from the bathroom. Just be sure to position the shower head so the water stays within the splash zone.
- Seamless design – Eliminating the tub gives your bathroom those clean lines you’ve always wanted. Plus, it makes your bathroom appear light, airy, and less cluttered.
Tub-to-Shower Conversion Process
Are you considering a tub-to-shower conversion in your home? Read on to understand what it takes to get it done.
First, you will need to:
- Choose if you’d prefer a curbed or curbless shower
- Select your materials – which quartz, recycled glass or granite you’d like for the walls, along with any mosaic tile for inlays, floor or detailing
- Choose the type of drain – linear* or circular
*When choosing to install a linear drain, you must decide on which waterproofing technique to use. The phase of installing a linear drain requires a masterful meeting of the minds, since different waterproofing techniques require different fabrications.
Below are the waterproofing options for linear drains:
- Traditional – Most plumbers prefer the traditional waterproofing technique that uses a PVC shower pan liner and clamping flange to connect to the waste line. This is the most predominant traditional technique used in the United States today. Other traditional techniques are more region-specific and include hot mopping (which is only used in California) and the use of lead and copper shower pans (which are found in the Northeast).
- Modern – Tile setters are big fans of modern waterproofing. There are two options to this technique: One uses a liquid membrane that dries into a hard surface and the other uses a pliable fabric sheet. Whichever option is used, tile setters love the convenience of tiling directly on top of the surface, which makes installation faster and easier.
When you choose Granite Trend Transformations for your tub-to-shower conversion, you can rest assured that the process will be done right – with gorgeous, high quality materials like quartz and recycled glass. You might think the process, with these materials, would cost more than an acrylic/plastic interior, but the cost difference is minimal.
Here’s the tub-to-shower conversion installation process in a nut shell.
The installation process can take up to a week, depending on the size and complexity of the job.
- A Granite Trend Transformations professional will come to your home to survey your bathroom
- Remove the existing tub
- Move plumbing (replace valves, move drain, etc.)
- Install tile-ready shower pan
- Install tile or stone surface over shower pan
- Install waterproofing system
- Install tile or stone over wall system
- Install shower door, if you choose
Step into a world of luxury and rejuvenation with a tub-to-shower conversation from Granite Trend Transformations. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home consultation to learn more.
Last Updated on November 1, 2019
If dealing with the mess and downtime of a kitchen or bath renovation has you thinking twice about moving forward with this kind of project, you may want to think again. Granite Trend Transformations has eliminated that worry. For over 20 years, our team of expertly trained professionals has mastered how to get the job done right and fast with our revolutionary resurfacing process, where your new countertops are placed directly over your old ones. So, your kitchen will only be unusable for one day. Never thought you could have brand new countertops and a backsplash installed in a day, right? What follows is how our process works, so you can see if it would work with your busy lifestyle.
STEP 1: The Consultation
You can schedule your free in-home design consultation on our website, or by calling the location nearest you. On your consultation date, one of our trained design consultants will arrive promptly at your doorstep at the agreed upon appointment time with samples of our full line of countertops, mosaic tile backsplashes and cabinets. Whether you’re interested in a full remodel or a simple facelift to refresh your space, our consultant will determine your needs and walk you through the process, step-by-step. The benefit of our in-home consultation is that you’ll have the luxury of a shop-at-home experience, so you can see what the products would look like in your space, which will aid in your decision-making process. Just be sure to have all decision-makers present at the appointment. (It helps to have a second opinion when choosing colors, patterns and textures to suit your décor and design aesthetic.)
If you’re wondering about how to choose faucets, sinks, hardware and other accessories for your project, we’ve got that covered, too. We will save you the time and hassle of going store-to-store and searching for the perfect fixtures by bringing our broad selection right to you.
Once you’ve made your selections, you’ll receive a straightforward, all-inclusive quote, with no hidden costs and no surprises. Once you sign, you’re on to the next step.
STEP 2: Measuring/Templating and Fabrication
After your contract is signed, a member of our team will schedule an appointment to come to your home to take precise measurements of your kitchen, which are then used to create a physical template. The fabricators will use this template to create and cut your countertops and backsplash to the correct size. Since every job is different, you can expect the appointment to last about two hours – or a little longer, depending on the size of the space and what you’re having done. (Countertops and the backsplash can be measured relatively quickly, whereas cabinets can add a bit more time.)
The fabrication process is when your countertops and backsplash are ordered and cut to size based on your kitchen template. This process generally takes two-to-four weeks, depending on which countertop and backsplash you choose, as some colors are more popular than others and require more time to get. Before your materials go to the installer, they are approved by our quality control team to ensure everything measures up perfectly, and there are no irregularities or nicks in the stone. We take great care to ensure all products are perfect and any quality issues, though rare, are addressed before they reach your home for installation.
STEP 3: Installation
Kitchen Countertops and Backsplashes
It’s installation day. Your new countertops and backsplash (and possibly cabinets) are loaded on the truck and are on their way to your home. By now, the plumber should have disconnected any sink pipes. This step is typically done the night before or the morning of the install.*
Here is what you can expect on installation day. We will:
- Explain what will transpire throughout the day. Most countertop and backsplash installations take six-to-eight hours.
- Conduct a complete inspection of the area.
- Cover floors and cabinets to keep the area clean.
- Remove the stove.
- Make most of the countertop cuts outside to keep the mess out of your house. Only a minimal number of cuts may be required inside. We clean as we go, so you don’t have to worry about a mess.
- Dry-fit the countertops to make sure everything fits perfectly before being glued down.
- Glue the countertops down with a two-part epoxy.
- Conduct a final inspection of the area and explain the warranty and drying process. Countertops must be allowed to dry for eight hours (overnight) to fully cure prior to use.
- Answer any questions you may have. Then, enjoy your beautiful new kitchen!
*Most jobs involving a kitchen or bathroom sink will require a plumber to disconnect the pipe before the installation of your new countertop. Granite Trend Transformations can schedule one of their contracted plumbers to do the work for you (available at select franchise locations) or homeowners can schedule one on their own.
NOTE: Cabinet refacing installations can take up to a week, depending on the size of the kitchen. Speak to your local store for details.
Bathroom Showers and Tub-to-Shower Conversions
As a rule, bathroom installations take a bit more time. Showers typically take two days to complete and tub-to-shower conversions take three-to-four days. A detailed schedule will be discussed at the time of the consultation, so you can plan accordingly.
Don’t put your kitchen or bath renovation off any longer. In just a few short weeks, you could be enjoying a beautiful new space. Schedule your free in-home consultation and see how easy it is to get started.
Last Updated on April 9, 2018
When it comes to comparing the cost of natural or engineered granite countertops, you get what you pay for. With so many variables to consider, choosing one that is high quality should be at the top of your list. What makes some types of engineered granite more expensive than others? Here’s what you need to know to make the best decision for your home.
We all strive for good grades, right? Here are the “A-B-Cs” on grading natural granite. Simply stated, there’s low-, mid-and high-end granite. Depending on the amount of soft minerals that are present will determine the grade, color variations and durability. At Granite Trend Transformations, we make our granite slabs in our manufacturing facility in Florida, which means we know everything we put into them and the quality you can expect. Our engineered surfaces are made of the highest quality materials mixed with ForeverSeal®, our own proprietary sealant which ensures the surfaces are nonporous, stain and scratch-resistant. (They never need regular sealing, like natural granite does.)
Thicker isn’t always better when it comes to engineered granite countertops. The granite countertops from Granite Trend Transformations measure 1/4″ thick and pack a powerful punch when it comes to quality and durability. Unlike natural granite that is about 1 1/4″ thick, our granite countertops are sleek, durable and lightweight, making them easier to handle and install.
Color can impact the cost when choosing granite countertops. Depending on the rarity and demand of the color, you may end up paying a higher price. Granite Trend Transformations countertops are priced competitively based on industry demand. Plus, our color palettes constantly evolve, depending on industry trends and customer input, so homeowners like you can count on selecting from the most current colors and patterns to suit your décor.
You may not have given it much thought, but the type of edging you choose can drive up the costs of your granite countertops. Various edging options (like 1/4″ round, 1/4″ bevel or bullnose) can have an additional charge, so be sure to get the pricing for that upfront. Granite Trend Transformations offers 1/8″ and 1/4″ round and bevel-edge options.
Granite is harvested from countries around the world and regions here in the United States. Since granite is heavy, its country of origin can seriously impact the price of the slab due to high shipping costs. The granite from Granite Trend Transformations comes from Europe and is manufactured in the United States, where quality is ensured and backed with a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
Contact us today to schedule your free in-home design consultation. See how easy it is to have beautiful granite countertops installed in your home, often in as little as one day.
Last Updated on August 12, 2021
Even the savviest homeowners have questions when it comes to granite countertops. There’s no denying that granite brings a level of luxury and beauty to a home, but what about knowing the basics?
This month, Granite and TREND Transformations answers the five most asked questions about granite. Whether you already have granite countertops in your home or are considering having them installed, we invite you to read on to get the latest scoop on one of the most popular countertop surfaces of today.
What is the best way to clean granite countertops?
Believe it or not, either a damp soft cloth with good old-fashioned dish soap or an all-purpose cleaner—approved for natural stone—are best. Just be sure to avoid using abrasive chemicals. Even though your countertops may be sealed, these harsh cleansers can damage the surface.
ForeverSeal Makes Cleaning Easy
Our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces are permanently sealed with ForeverSeal®, a proprietary sealing ingredient which makes maintenance super easy. And did you know that all of our etherium® by E-Stone surfaces have Microban® antimicrobial technology built right in? It’s an added level of product protection against the growth of bacteria. Plus, surfaces like our etherium® by E-Stone that are enhanced with Microban® are easier to clean and stay cleaner between cleanings.
Can I cut directly on the countertop? What about setting hot pans on it?
One of the many benefits of granite is that it is one of the hardest materials on Earth, making it the perfect workhorse for even the busiest of kitchens. When it comes to cutting on it, some people still prefer using a cutting board. But if you choose to cut directly on your granite countertop, you can do so safely. (Just be prepared to wind up with some dull knives.)
Can I leave hot pans on granite?
You can ditch your hot plates and place hot pots and pans on your countertop. Just remember: Granite is a natural stone that will absorb heat, so take caution not to touch the surface soon after you remove the pot. Our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces are heat, scratch, and stain-resistant, so you can conduct all your food preparation right on your countertop without worry.
Does granite stain or get damaged easily?
With proper sealing, granite will not stain easily. But keep in mind that any spills left on the surface may leave a dark spot. These should fade as the granite dries, provided it is sealed. You can eliminate the hassle and worry about stains and other mishaps by choosing an engineered granite countertop, such as our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces that have ForeverSeal® built right in. As durable as granite is, a hard impact could chip or damage the surface. And as much as you may try to avoid this, accidents do happen. Cracks can be repaired and sealed with a mixture of granite and epoxy.
Is it easy to install granite countertops?
A4: The answer is easier than you may think—if you choose Granite and TREND Transformations for your renovation. Unlike traditional renovation projects, which require your kitchen to be out of commission for several weeks, Granite and TREND Transformations has a unique resurfacing process, which means your countertop is installed directly over your old one. In many instances, the process can be completed in as little as one day with little-to-no demolition. Check out Janet, our design guru, as she shows you how easy our “over the top” process can be. Watch here.
How do I pick a granite style?
A5: With Granite and TREND Transformations, it all starts with our free in-home, or virtual, design consultation. One of our trained expert design consultants will walk you through the process as you browse our beautiful selection of granite countertop surfaces. Want to get a head start? Try our cool Visualizer tool that allows you to pick and choose your favorite countertops, mosaic tile backsplashes, and cabinets so you can see how your kitchen—or bathroom—will look before the renovation! Or, if you want to get a complete look at what we offer, you can visit one of our showrooms, where you can see our products installed in real bathroom and kitchen settings. And for more ideas, visit our Design Inspiration gallery to see some of our most popular bathroom and kitchen designs.
Are you inspired to elevate the look of your kitchen or bath with granite countertops? Schedule your design consultation and see how beautiful your kitchen or bath can be. Contact us today.