Stainless steel countertops


We're considering what countertops to do with our new kitchen remodel.
We currently have laminate, and it works fine, except we would like something a bit more resilient to heat if we can, but laminate and concrete are a bit over our budget...and they aren't soemthing I want to DIY.
Restaurants use stainless, and we like the look...but we aren't exactly sure where we can find a manufacturer of a custom-sized countertop. Is this something that anyone here has had done before? What does it cost, where do we start on finding someone who can do this kind of work locally?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

To find one, I'd call an architect's office. I doubt they'd charge you just for recommending a metal shop. Second choice would be the yellow pages. Not all metal shops do this kind of work, but you should be able to find one.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Uh, if laminate and concrete are over your budget, stainless steel is way, way, way over your budget. It'd be hard to find a more expensive top. It's not terribly hard either. It'll take the heat, but you'd better be OK with the "patina" of scratches you'll have.
Quartz and granite are good for heat, but they'll be more expensive than laminate, too.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Stainless cabinets are not easy to maintain, counters will scratch and until completely scratched might look bad.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 20 Nov 2006 09:26:25 -0800, " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com"

Try welding shops. I had mine made up in an "L" shape that picks up the sink and cooktop with a backsplash that goes up to the uppers.. It has two different levels with a lot of bends ahd joints. It came out to $1200. Most of that was labor. It was one big piece that used almost a whole sheet of stainless. I made up the substrate (2 layers of 3/4 plywood) to fit the space and took it up to them so they could make the top fit exactly. I could have done better on the price if it was a little less complicated but I got what I want.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
did you use a mastic type adhesive between the metal and plywood?
Bill

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Mon, 20 Nov 2006 19:07:59 GMT, "bill allemann"

Nope. I had originally planned on it but the top fit so well it wasn't necessary. The sink and cooktop anchored the flat parts and the upper cabinets clamped the vertical part. I did put a bonding lug on it and grounded the whole assembly but the outlet boxes probably did that anyway.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
I had them in my last house. It's sort of a love-hate thing. They are certainly different from other materials and their utility is unsurpassed. However, they do scratch up and can get dents in them, like a car.
They are wicked expensive.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 20 Nov 2006 14:24:08 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

What grade did you use? I went with 316 18ga brushed finish and I am not sure how you would dent it. When I actually priced it out the money was in the labor so I went with the thickest stainless they stocked locally. The difference was only $30 or $40 so for the whole sheet and I had some left over I use around the shop. It is really cool stuff to have around.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Site Timeline

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.