This is a Formica Solid Surface countertop. It has a pretty severe crack coming from the cutout for the cooktop. This job is not covered under warranty because there is no heat tape around the cooktop cutout. The metal foil heat tape is a requirement around cooktops. No matter who the manufacturer of the countertop material is, if there is not any heat tape then no company will cover the repair under their warranty.
There are also not any corner blocks in the corners of the cutout, although I forgot to take a picture showing the absence of the block. The corner blocks serve the purpose of strengthening the corners and helping to prevent cracks from developing. The absence of these blocks will in most cases cause your warranty to be null and void. Since this is the responsibility of the countertop fabricator and not the homeowner, some companies will opt to pay for the repair and then back charge the fabricator. This is up to each company to decide how to proceed with these types of situations.
I made the repair and it came beautifully, as we knew it would. After making the repair we also made a slightly larger radius in the corner which helps to dissapate (did I spell that right?) the heat from the corner a little more. In addition, we also added the corner block to this affected corner to beef it up a little bit and make it less likely to crack in the future.
Finally, we added the required heat tape and reinstalled the cooktop and called it a day. The homeowner could not believe that there was not trace of a repair ever being made. That is how it is supposed to be when a repair is made. As long as we have dye lot match material, which we did on this one, then that is the way it will always be.
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