From time to time, we get calls from customers about seam shifting on their countertops. While seam shifting is fairly rare, it can happen. What exactly is seam shifting , you may ask? Seam shifting occurs when a countertop seam moves, or “pops.” It is often caused when a house settles. While it is more common in new homes, settling and shifting can also occur over time and may happen in older homes, as well. These seam shifts are not due to workmanship, or poor installation, but are caused from circumstances beyond control due to the forces of Mother Nature.
Houses typically go through a settling period. The earth can sink, or drop causing a house to move, which in turn can cause ceiling cracks, doors to stick, floor board gaps, and countertop seams to shift.
Thankfully, countertop seams can be repaired. Depending on how soon a countertop seam shifts after an installation, a fabricator may, or may not charge for the repair. Keep in mind that seam shifting can happen multiple times, if a house continues to settle.
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