I had granite countertops installed last week. They look very good and I am happy. Of course, right after the installers left, I noticed that a small repair was made within the inner rim of the cutout for the sink, right where the granite meets the stainless steel of the sink. Looks like a small "crack" that they filled in with epoxy (actually they did a decent job to match the color of the granite, its polished and can't be felt with a finger, but you can still tell its there). But, the "crack" continues upward toward the top of the counter, but does not quite reach the top. The crack is hard to see, but you can catch it with your fingernail. The "crack" is in the inner portion of the rim, which is a part of the narrow area between the cutout for the sink and the edge of the front of the countertop. So if you are washing dishes, this is the area you would lean against. If I look underneath the area that has the "crack", I see that it extends on the underneath portion of the countertop, but I can't tell how far it goes because this is the area where the granite meets the sink.
Questions: 1. What is the difference between a fissure and a crack? I understand fissures are naturally occuring, but isn't a crack a crack? From what I gather on the web, fissures are acceptable but cracks are not. I'm wondering if this crack occured when they made the cut out for my sink? 2. What are the odds that this crack or fissure gets bigger over time? If the fabricator fills it, is it pretty safe to say that the crack will not get bigger? 3. Regardless of how its fixed (or if its fixed) what effects will soap, water, coffee, all of the above have on this area? Remember, this is right at the edge of the cut out. It gets wet constantly 4. Isn't the fact that I can see part of a crack on the underside of the countertop a bad thing?
Thanks in advance for any advice. The installers are coming back tommorrow to take a look at this. I can live with this, but I just want to protect my investment.