granite behind slide-in range?

cynmMay 22, 2013

Hello everyone. I needed some advice about putting a granite strip behind a slide-in range. We are redoing cabinets, counters, etc. and are planning on granite counters. Does anyone have any advice on whether we should put the small strip of granite behind the slide-in range since it does not have a back? It looks like if you don't put a strip of granite then the other option would be to put a strip of stainless steel. the granite people said they can do it either way. Wasnt sure which would work better. The range is a (stainless steel) Kenmore Elite double oven with ceramic glass top (electric). the counters will be a black pearl granite. Thanks for any help!

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raenjapan

I would do granite, personally. Looks more integrated.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 1:43PM
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cynm

thanks raenjapan for the response. I wasn't sure what looks best and "wears" best. never having had a slide-in before, I had not even considered the back. I would imagine the granite would also be easier to clean.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 2:28PM
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ashef

Personally, I wouldn't use the 4" granite strip anywhere, especially behind the stove. I think kitchens look much better without it. The previous owner of my house put the strips in my kitchen, but not behind my slide-in stove. You can google "images of kitchen with 4" backsplash" & look at kitchens with the strip and without one, and then decide which look you prefer.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 2:32PM
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cynm

ashef, I meant the flat granite as a continuation of the counters on both sides. It would not be a backsplash. Is that what you meant? I was planning on tiling from the counter up to the bottom of the upper cabinets.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 2:44PM
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joaniepoanie

Yes, do the granite....it will look better and flow with the rest of the counter..easy clean up. We did it and it all blends in nicely.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 3:08PM
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cynm

thank you, joaniepoanie. As i posted previously, i had never given it any thought and then looking at the installation instructions I saw that the counter is usually notched out and the range slides in with granite on three sides. this "project" has been quite an education for us both! I appreciate any and all help.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 3:35PM
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akl_vdb

We have our quartz along the back of our slide in Elux range. We didn't do the notches at the front. Looks great.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 4:37PM
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Sophie Wheeler

The stainless blends seamlessly and lets you replace the slide in with a free standing range later if you need to. If you do the granite, you need to have a granite fabricator come out and remove that granite bit to be able to do any other kind of range. Plus, you also need to engineer some type of ledger board at the wall for the granite to rest on, and you'll have two seams to either side. You only get a "notch" in the counter with a slide in if you are willing to have the hole cut on site and pay for all of the waste that you'd be cutting away.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 4:49PM
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attofarad

I would only consider the stainless if you have a stainless backsplash behind the range, or maybe if the strip is really narrow. Otherwise, use the granite. It shouldn't take a competent workman more than 10 minutes to fabricate and install a support ledger board for the granite strip. Your granite has a pattern which should minimize the visibility of the two small seams.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 6:26PM
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buildinva

What is the notch?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 7:14PM
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beaches1980

We bought our slide in range before we had granite and we used the stainless piece to bridge the gap between the stove & wall. It wasn't snug against the wall, so there was a slight gap. I wasn't a fan of it.

When we had our granite installed, they added the piece of granite behind the range. It litterally took them 15 minutes to install it, along with support peices.

Do whatever works best for you. : )

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 8:01PM
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