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Burn mark in new laminex bench top

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by PatsyStone, 8th Feb, 2016.

  1. PatsyStone

    PatsyStone Well-Known Member

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    To add to my delimma tenants left me with a damaged kitchen bench top .
    It looks evident that a saucepan was placed straight onto bench from hot plates.
    The kitchen was brand new when they moved in a year ago. Never been used kitchen as I had just finished a Reno.
    As previously mentioned my unit is going to
    Auction soon .
    It's not an easy fix . To replace a section of bench top will be costly and difficult.
    One suggestion is to put an extra glass strip to join on side of glass hot plate ? It would look a tad unusual perhaps but not too weird.
    Oh my! Tenants have no idea the big headaches they can create.
    Thanks All
     
  2. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Again, bond. And landlord insurance for accidental damage to replace the affected benchtop piece
     
  3. PatsyStone

    PatsyStone Well-Known Member

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    Biz Well-Known Member

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    Mongrels...

    Is there a vigilante group you can contact that can brand them on the bum? That would learn em'!
     
  5. Handyandy

    Handyandy Well-Known Member

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    This is the problem with ceaser stone and all it's variants. People think that it is as resilient as granite and that you can put anything on it. Unfortunately as per your pics that is one nasty burn mark.

    I just recently was checking out ceaser stone compared to granite and found out how susceptible to heat these surface were. Stayed with granite in the end.

    I did discuss with the granite guy as to how ceaser stone can be repaired and he did attempt it once but indicated that he wouldn't do it again.

    As DaveM suggested, if you have landlords insurance go for a claim against the tenant and get that piece replaced. The difference in sale price if you don't replace it could be substantial.

    Cheers
     
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    Isnt it laminex? Looks like stone but not. Get the bond/insurance happening and replace it ASAP. Someone will try and bargain you down if you don't sell at Auction. Others will be put off by the additional cost to fix.
     
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  7. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like laminex. Is it in a spot that you could remove a square and insert a cutting board or something that doesn't look like an obvious "patch".
     
  8. Paul@PFI

    Paul@PFI Tax Accounting + SMSF Business Member

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    Scorching mark = New benchtop time ? I had to do that and was easy but costly. Claimed on bond. Retiling walls / splashback etc can be a factor in costs. Luckily mine didnt have wall tiles but a laminated board.
     
  9. Stu

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    450 x 450 floor tile cut into the bench - call it a place for hot saucepans. Finish the tile flush with the top of the bench.
     
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  10. Jennifer Duke

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    Out of interest, how costly are we talking?
     
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    if it was a single colour laminex (i assuming it is as can see the wood) you can repair. There are companies that do that but for a pattern like this. you going to have to replace the whole bench.
     
  12. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Here's a tip - when taking photos for bond or insurance purposes, put something next to it for scale (like a coin) so size can be determined.

    Also note on bond you won't get full replacement. Tenant will object which then goes to tribunal and the member takes into account the age of the bench and the proportion that is damaged.

    Still, try to retain some money that way and use that towards repair or the glass / tile trick mentioned.

    Insurance can help, but check your excess.
     
  13. Handyandy

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    Sorry PS.

    I didn't read your heading re Laminex regardless this was my granite bench top that was 'burned'.

    Apparently this was poor quality grey granite that they dyed with oils so that it appeared to be all black granite.The heat from pans etc burns out the oil and you are left with the mark. We did try some stain type chemical called darkener on the marks and you can hardly notice where the marks were some 7 years later.

    Frustration -Granite benchtop ruined - Somersoft Property Investment Forums

    Doesn't help you with your bench top but am just sharing an experience.
     
  14. PatsyStone

    PatsyStone Well-Known Member

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    It is laminex . Fingers crossed I have agreed to an offer . Have a deposit and hope to exchange Monday or Tuesday .
    No idea why buyer hasn't mentioned the mark but I'm saying anything.
    It appears he wants the property for a rental.
    Got lucky this time . I hope :)
     
  15. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    That's great news, I have a post here about landlord compensation.
    Tenants need to compensate you for the portion that was damaged.

    Last year we got entire bench tops replaced by insurance for a burn mark similar to yours.
    Always happy to have a chat and discuss some ideas if your current offer falls through.
    If it goes through all good.
     
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    Probably not the best site for it here, have a look for those "handy hints" websites.
    Something simple like vinegar + bicarb and a scourer probably.
     
  17. See Change

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    Extra sink or hot plate ?

    Cliff