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kimg30 01-06-2010 09:03 PM

Kitchen Countertop Advice Needed
I'm remodeling my kitchen and have looked at all of the countertop options. I've realized that I'm not a granite person, but I'm leaning in that direction because it seems to be the most durable of the options. It can take heat, you can't really stain it (like other surfaces), and it cleans up like new after every use. I can't think of any other options that are as resistant. I have kids who like to cook and I don't want to worry about my countertops, so I'd love to know if someone has a better suggestion.

Bud Cline 01-06-2010 09:20 PM

I think you have it figured out!

Granite tile is a possibility also. Basic same durability as granite slabs but at much less cost. Small grout lines may be considered a drawback but doesn't really present a major problem.

granite-girl 01-07-2010 10:07 AM

I also think you have it figured out. What's your aversion to granite ? You say you aren't a granite person ? What do you mean by that ?
There's also quartz material like Zodiac or Caesarstone, Silestone.... I think I have heard that it can stain tho' it's not supposed to. I guess it depends on the color you choose.
I personally prefer granite, you can't match that beauty anywhere & every piece is different- unlike the quartz.

frozenstar 01-10-2010 11:04 PM

The two suggestions/advice on top of my post should answer your whole question pretty well. :) Good luck on your new countertop. :D

Superpack 01-11-2010 04:09 AM

I have soapstone it is naturally a softer stone and you will have scratching and chipping eventually, particularly if you have small children. The difference is that the scratches and dents vanish when you oil and you won't see them. My stone is so soft, every time I drop a can or a glass, I get a ding. My aim of a countertop was to age stylishly and look a hundred years old so it's all fine with me; all the scratches and dings add up to a beautiful patina that is exceptional to soapstone.

Best Regards,

Countertop Guy 01-15-2010 07:01 AM

There are other products out there such as, Corian, Avonite, and Staron. These products are solid surfaces and not a stone product. If you like the constant look of a product I would suggest an engineered stone. (Cambria, Zodiaq, Caesarstone) Please check out my Signature to get an idea of the choices you have.

Petra design 01-19-2010 08:37 AM

granite does stain and does not take heat like quartz does some even say granite leaks radon gas??. their other product cast concrete... look at some granite and quartz tops

granite-girl 01-19-2010 08:52 AM

Petra- Where's your web site ? All I get is a Go -Daddy site with lots of different sites for Petra Jordan..... ?

Petra design 01-19-2010 09:30 AM

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granite-girl 06-11-2010 08:23 AM

Countertops that are made of the same thing as kitchen sinks ?

What kind of kitchen sinks? Stainless Steel ? Cast Iron ? Acryllic ? Corian ?

The most durable countertop surface out there is of course granite or a quartz. Corian's or any other acryllic/poly blend solid surface is the only thing I can think of that has the sinks also, but that's pretty expensive . Almost as much as granite, but not near as durable.
I'd price out granite just to see where it falls in your budget, especially if this is a house you plan to stay in for a while. If it's totally out of your budget, there are a lot of nice looking laminates and they can be very durable too, you just have to watch hot things, knives, and certain items that might stain, like red wine or cool-aid.
Good Luck

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