Originally Posted by foodguy
i know this is a popular theory, but in my experience, not so much. we have granite in our test kitchen (with a marble inset slab), and my work counter at home is butcher block. i really don't see that much difference. butcherblock that's adequately floured works just fine. and I really don't like the cold hard look of granite (probably the only thing I'll ever be a 1%er on, I know). my home kitchen is half vintage tile (late 20s) and half butcherblock.
I think people like it, because it's a cold and smooth surface.
Originally Posted by EMartNJ
I can't tell if you are joking with this post or not.
I was being serious, just look how people treat leased cars and if you want it on the cheap, you get something someone else has "used".
I would rather get a real one and sand the top.
Originally Posted by furo
From what I've seen lately the polished concrete is the big trend - not sure if polished concrete is any different than what you are referring to above, but perhaps it's a better sealant? Or maybe it's just the cosmetic aspect I dunno. Either way, I think quartz is the way to go for durability and visual appeal as well.
Porcelain looks good and it seems like there's a lot of options in terms of look and color, wouldn't do tiles though, but that's just me, as I find them ugly looking.
I know people don't like them, but I have been looking at lava stone tops.