I had a piece of Corian crack due to heat.
Repaired for free, can't see the repair no matter how hard I look.
I would never cut directly on the surface.
I have a Corian cutting board.
The knife does make marks on the board.
On Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:21:01 -0400, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Depends. Actually each has their pros and cons. I've seen the
newest Formica and it's not bad looking especially when compared to
that of 40 or 50 years ago. I have Corian right now and it's ok. I
would not mind having the newest Formica except when it comes time to
sell my home. For some reason, people look down at it around here.
Maybe it's because they see it only in the new starter homes????
There are people whose identity depends on what they have and much
imagined status it gives them and there are folks who are happy to have
something that looks good and is quite serviceable but isn't the "hot
I've been looking at real estate lately and have seen some of the most
unbelieveably ugly homes....one had different maroon/dk green wallpapers
in EVERY STINKING ROOM, each with it's own border. It would take 100
years to strip it all. Have also seen a lot of expensive kitchens that
looked dreadfully dated, in spite of having one of everything from the
cabinet catalogue. Eek!
Agreed but some like that style. OTOH, I certainly wouldn't buy a house with
more than one papered room. I could deal with stripping that much, though the
last time the one (small) room was a disaster.
Granite is not even that expensive these days. It is a glut on the
market. A builder can get it for just a little more than mica. Of
course they charge a whole lot more on the retail side.
The material is pretty cheap, it is just the labor of polishing it.
I just got a bunch for free from a kitchen remodel, just because it
wasn't worth cutting and polishing again for another location. I am
putting some of it on my pool bar. I bought the diamond pads to polish
it "but they ain't arrove yet"
I have a diamond cup wheel for my grinder that will shape it real
fast. It took about 30 seconds each to shape the 2" radius corners.A
diamond blade in a circular saw cuts it about as fast as 2" wood with
a combo blade.
I would suggest talking to remodeling contractors and see what they
have in their dumpsters if you want to play with some yourself..
Our first granite was five years ago (~200ft^2 came with the house we're
getting ready to sell). We wouldn't be without it again. We did look at a
couple of houses (fewer than could be counted on one hand, certainly) that
didn't have granite counters but it was a big black mark against them. They
would have had to be replaced and that's more of a job than I want to deal
with in a new house.
On 9/11/2012 12:21 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Now that is what is utter nonsense--granite is, well, "granite" and has
virtually nothing in common chemically (nor geologically as per
formation processes) w/ marble...
Granite is an igneous formation whereas marble is a recrystallized
limestone which is sedimentary.
We have properly sealed granite counter tops in the kitchen that have
survived now two years of 'cooking' abuse and more importantly
chemical abuse. They look new.
However, in two different homes, we went through two sets of Formica
countertops very quickly, not from heat, but their top surface
dissolved from bleach residue sitting on the surface.First the pattern
dissapeared leaving a white surface. Talk about noticeable!
Never again with manmade surfaces. Natural, especially granite is the
ONLLY thing we'll consider from now on.
I know, the sealant is manmade, but at least it's transparent and
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.