For remodels, you can save your old countertop as a base for the new countertop. Or tile over and save the demolition. Here's an interesting approach:
From Yahoo.com, by Ann Siper:
"I recently had Granite Transformations granite
counters installed in my home. I found this product on HGTV on one of
their design makeover shows. I have to admit I was intrigued by discount
granite counters on a budget that simply cover your existing counters.
Basically these budget granite kitchen counters are granite that has
been finely ground down and then mixed with a resin. It is then made in
molds to make exact pieces that will fit over you kitchen counters.
This product has been around for decades in Italy and is gaining in popularity in the United States rapidly.
Here is a look at what I found before, during, and after having the
Granite Transformations granite counter installed over my existing
I found the information for the
Granite Transformations near me and all I had to do was call for an
appointment. They brought samples out for me to look at. This was very
simple. All I had to do was make sure I was there. You can go to their
show room if you wish.
Once I found the granite counters I
liked, I then had to decide on a sink. You can change out to an
undermount sink or keep your traditional sink.
Installation way pretty easy. First, someone comes in to measure your
counters. They take exact measurements. Basically, they are building a
counter out of granite that can be slid on top of your existing
counters, so details are important.
This process took about 2 hours.
Pricing will vary on the different types of granite your choose. The
highest prices in my area were $60 a square foot installed. The lowest
priced were $45 a square foot installed.
Be sure to ask if there
is special pricing or incentive for large surface areas. I ended up
buying over 60 square feet total and was give a free sink.
The thin granite sheeting counters cup with a life time warranty that can be transferred to new home owners when you move.
The care very simple. Unlike traditional granite encounters you do not
have to seal the granite. Granite Transformations Counters work just
like slab granite though. They are heat proof and you simply have to be
careful of scratching.
I spray my same old cleaner on and wipe off with a kitchen towel or sponge. Then they look as good as new again!
Overall I would recommend these budget Granite Transformations granite
kitchen counters. They look great, the installation was super easy, and
not every messy. The day of the counter installation the process took
about 6 hours.
All I did was take everything off my existing
counters. I did not have to reinforce my existing counters, rip out old
counters, or generally cause a huge mess."