Countertops?

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  1. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Oh, also, check out the latest issue of "domino" magazine. It has a small article on budget kitchens. One of the entries uses white gloss Ikea cabinets with carrera marble counters. I think it looks great.
     
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    We have Silestone. It won't stain. It doesn't need to be sealed. It resists heat. And it looks great.

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    If you have a big budget, check out EnviroGlass. Looks very very cool.




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    If money is no object, I would definitely go with CaeserStone or SileStone. I think they look great and they are by far the most durable and low maintenance materials. Marble looks nice but does not perform well. Granite is a good middle ground (only needs to be resealed every year or other year) between durability, look, price... (that's what we have now).

    The price differential could be important though. You could end up paying north of $200/sf for CaeaserStone and they can't produce it fast enough while you can easily get granite for less than $100/sf.
     
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    Granite and wood both look great. But I'm a practical person so I have caesarstone. If you get a composite top make sure your cabinets are made so they can take the weight of granite though - in case you change your mind or want to 'upgrade' in the future.
     
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    Marble is horrible as it absorbs oil
    Granite is good
    quartz composites are not heat proof and will scorch
    Wood is not cleanable-think trichonosis
    Soapstone (like those lab benches) is very good although it'll scratch-but can also be sanded (unlike granite)- No sealing as you oil the surface first. We used that in our kitchen.
     
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    Whenever we get around to remodeling our kitchen we'd like to use soapstone. I also like the dark grey and black granites. My wife would love to have marble countertops. However, while she is a fantastic cook, she might be the world's messiest cook as well. I know for certain the counters would be stained in less than 6 months. We have marble countertops in the bathroom she uses and she managed to stain them in less than 6 months.
     
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    All these myths about marble are pretty tenacious... [​IMG]
     
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    All these myths about marble are pretty tenacious... [​IMG]
    Well, Michaelangelo's David does look pretty shitty after all of these years [​IMG].
     
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    Well, Michaelangelo's David does look pretty shitty after all of these years [​IMG].

    Seriously. Does anyone here speaks from experience about all these catastrophic staining issues with marble? I've experienced marbe countertops at my parents place for more than a decade and there's nothing wrong with how they look now. And they cook at home nearly every night. Granted, I have no idea if the marble was treated or sealed...

    I wish I had marble countertops right now instead of those crappy fake stone things... [​IMG]
     
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    I believe Corian can be repaired though I'm sure Silestone can also be.
     
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    We put Corian into our last home and really liked it. The seemless appearance, especially at the sink, looked great. We got something light colored to be a "cool" contrast with an otherwise very warm looking kitchen - dark wood caibnets and hardwood floors. We also had a trivet built into the counterop at the stove and a drying rack built in at the sink.

    Our current home came with cheap countertops, but the kitchen is updated enough that we probably won't worry about it unless we're here longer than expected.
     
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    Seriously. Does anyone here speaks from experience about all these catastrophic staining issues with marble? [​IMG]

    I've seen it myself often enough to not buy it. How's that.
     

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