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Old 11-10-2008, 01:09 PM
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We are putting in new counter tops sometime between now and Christmas. Any suggestions/advice?
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I am renovating my kitchen now. I first was set on Caeserstone/Silestone until I went to a countertop / stone distributor and saw a BEAUTIFUL piece of granite that we actually ended up buying. The no maintenance aspect of the engineered "stone" is a factor but the colors and individuality of natural stone is unmatched. Not to mention the granite is very little maintenance as well, only sealing once a year. Price wise, the granite was = to the HD Sile-Caeser stone price.
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very happy 5 yr silestone owner - no maint, no chips, dings or stains

and my daughter uses at a cutting board sometimes with no marks....
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Granite going on 7+ years now and very happy. BUT I should warn you that if you ever have a problem with granite you could be in for a nightmare. When my house was built they installed a bad piece of granite - it had a crack in it.

Builder had it replaced but the color was not an exact match. 14 months later they decided to more or less rip everything out and go with new granite. It was a pain because it's nearly impossible to match some of the more exotic color choices. We were off by just a bit, just a bit to really notice IMHO.


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Granite, there is no reason to ever seal it that is just a money maker for the companies that sell it.
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"Granite, there is no reason to ever seal it that is just a money maker for the companies that sell it."

Yeah, i was wondering about sealing. Does it have any affect or is it just a gimmic?

Is there anyway to eyeball a bad slab of granit before it gets installed? What would you look for?
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"Granite, there is no reason to ever seal it that is just a money maker for the companies that sell it."

Yeah, i was wondering about sealing. Does it have any affect or is it just a gimmic?
Total gimmic, I have quite a bit in a commercial location that has never been sealed going on 7 years, still looks like the day it was installed.
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Opinions on this will vary as much as in a Whaler versus Grady White thread.

They are all good choices, and each has positives and downside considerations. On thing not mentioned yet is the overall style and theme of the kitchen. For example, granite simply does not look proper in a Victorian kitchen.

However, to give you a broad general answer, imo, you can not go wrong with granite. In my area, the upper end buyers/remodelers have not fully bought into silestone yet and here it is often referenced as "fake granite". Clearly this is a perception and market acceptance issue, but one thing to consider on re-sale.

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If I may add another question....which of the solid surface materials are heat-friendly?
About the only thing I like about my tile counters is that I can set hot pans on the counters without hunting for a trivet.
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We have had Corian going on 10 years, its "nice" but blah as heck in my opinion, over the past few years I wished we went with Granite but now I think I like the look of some of the recycled products out there I have seen some recycled glass counters and concrete that look real sharp and are "green".

here is a link to the ones i liked:

http://www.vetrazzo.com/products_intro.html

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Granite no seal at all going on 5yrs hot cold knives no chips stains and clean with windex.
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Newer granite never needs sealing.
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Have just installed Dupont Zodiaq. Love it.
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RI Builder - 11/10/2008 4:14 PM Opinions on this will vary as much as in a Whaler versus Grady White thread. They are all good choices, and each has positives and downside considerations. On thing not mentioned yet is the overall style and theme of the kitchen. For example, granite simply does not look proper in a Victorian kitchen. However, to give you a broad general answer, imo, you can not go wrong with granite. In my area, the upper end buyers/remodelers have not fully bought into silestone yet and here it is often referenced as "fake granite". Clearly this is a perception and market acceptance issue, but one thing to consider on re-sale.
RI Builder took the words right out of my mouth.

It all depends on what you specific needs are.

Me, I prefer Granite.
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around here granite is alot cheaper than most top's with the downturn in the construction.i have seen granite from $19 to $25 a ft
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Look into Soapstone allot nicer I think than granite and the others
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Look into Soapstone allot nicer I think than granite and the others
How so? Granite has great color and diversity, I have not seen that in soapstone.
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I love soapstone....had a soapstone wood stove, but in my opinion it is too pourous for counter top.
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Been covered in the past but I'll take granite hands down over anything else.
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As a builder, granite. There are so many choices. Quartz products (silestone...) can stain. I take red hot cast iron pans from blacking and put them right onto the counter.
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