I have seen some concrete counter tops and they were very interesting
because of the various coloured aggregates that were used.
Personally, I'm not at all sold on stainless steel as the surface seems to
be a magnet for finger prints and seems to be a real bugger to keep looking
On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 09:08:31 -0400, "Worn Out Retread"
I have stainless steel counter tops with built-in drainboard, cerca
1940's. Works very well and lasts a long time. Of course a heavier
gauge than what is made today. My next coutertop will most likely be
wood, could care less whatever the fad.
Soapstone - thousands of chemistry labs can't be wrong. Nothing stains or
attacks it even acids, hot pans right from stove to counter, scratches sand
out. We just did our new house kitchen with it and after a month, can find
It depends on your situation/family. If looking for affordability you
cant beat laminates like Formica. If you are a young family with
several kids then I would say use Formica until they are grown up,
then update your sure-to-be-dilapidated kitchen with granite later.
Three kids will do in a kitchen in about 12 years time. If you are
about to prep a house for sale then go with granite. etc. etc. etc.
I agree that Corian is out of fashion, stainless looks too industrial,
concrete will have you looking hard for truly qulified installers.
But granite is timeless, Formica is practical and cheap to replace
when it goes in/out of fashion, sythetic stone commonly called
"quartz" is expensive if you want granite thicknesses and probably
more subject to fashion trends than granite. In my area (Chicago-
land) a nicely finished granite install with fancy edges is still the
About a year and a half ago we remodeled our kitchen. After much shopping
and comparison we went with a product called Silestone. It is a composite
of crushed quartz and epoxy, polished and shaped. It was quite a bit
cheaper than granite and does not need to be sealed to prevent staining. In
the time we have used it, we have NO scratches visible. It is available in
many patterns and colors, with or without integral sink.
We have had Silestone (an almost white pattern with little specks, very
nice on the eyes) now for some 8 years. Almost immediately there was a
small spot that chipped out (about 1 square inch). It was somewhat
clumsily repaired. Since we know where it is, it is visble to us, but
others will not see it unless we point it out. The surface was made in 2
parts, and the seam has become a little more visible than I would have
liked to. There have been no scratches on it, despite my better half
using the counter as a cutting board. We have a sink that's fitted
underneath. The only thing that's leaked is the Moen single handle
faucet, and that was replaced for $65 total.
I would buy the same setup again if it were indicated, but would spend
the extra bucks to make it in a single piece (about 1/4 of the total
surface is an inch or so greater in depth, and that would have cost
considerably more if made in 1 piece - in hindsight I should have done
I'm not into trends, I'm into what I like. What I like right now is Formica
with ceramic tile edging and backsplash. I've had Corian along with a
seamless Corian kitchen sink and basically I thought it was just plain
boring. Granite has recently been suspected of causing some kind of health
problems so I suspect it is in demise. Stainless steel seems like it is
good for people who like to spend the whole day in the kitchen polishing
their appliances and countertops and wish they lived in a science lab. This
might explain why some people have coffee makers that look like they were
designed by Nicola Tesla.
What have you heard about the health effects of granite?
I don't remember exactly but I think it had to do with some kind of toxic
residue from the surface of the countertops.
In-home food preparation will soon be a thing of the past.
Once ObamaCare figures out how much sloppy hygene in
residential kitchens is costing they will place a complete
ban on amateur food prep. You won't need a countertop
since you'll be purchasing pre-prepared food from a
government operated (or licensed) establishment.
So forget those countertops and reallocate the space
for something more useful.
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