Looking at materials for a new kitchen countertop, and I have come to the
conclusion that each material has some share of pros and cons, some of which
I am a bit hesitant to deal with.
I have tile counters right now, and except for being a bitch to keep clean,
they are OK. Won't ever do it again though. I also have ruled out laminate
because I want to be able to set a hot pot or pan right on the counter.
So what I've narrowed down to is either granite, soapstone, slate or Corian
(or a variant thereof). I've heard that:
- granite stains, and is difficult to repair if dinged or scratched.
- soapstone is soft and damages easily, not as expensive as granite.
- slate? not a thing, but expensive and not common
- corian variants are easily damaged, not very heat resistant, but are
easily repaired. Cheapest of the four.
If you had to choose between one of the four, price being an issue (i.e.
best bang for the buck), which would you pick? Are the horror stories
really that bad? For example I was told not to use tile because it breaks
easily. Well, I saved a few replacement tiles just in case, and we haven't
had a problem yet, and we aren't particularly careful. I have also tried
finding information on the resin counters that you can find in school
chemistry labs, but I guess they're mighty expensive.
The most important things to me are: heat resistance, easy to clean, and
Jon Endres, PE
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