You're absolutely clueless. Granite is better than almost all kitchen
surfaces available (concrete might do as well but its ugly).
There is a reason granite is used in pizza ovens. The same principles are at
work for baking.
Not at all. It's just better. Those who rail against granite are only
interested in the "Wa, I'm jealous" syndrome; the same sorts as the "occupy"
It is not that hard to scratch. I have a big piece on my work bench
and it is scratched all to hell. Not a bad use for Corian tho if you
can get it cheap enough. The material itself is not particularly
expensive. You pay for the "certified installation".
I guess it comes down to values. I'd rather live in a room the color
I like rather than tolerate bland for the sake of re-sale. You can
always repaint when you list the house. Right now, granite would add
some value, perhaps a bit more than other ice counter tops.
We've been in this house for 30 years and it is just the way we like
it. Next move will be to the nursing home or cemetery so I'm not
concerned about selling. We do plan to do some sprucing up this year,
but no major renovations.
I'm on my third house with granite. I think I might like to try one with
concrete, but my first choice from experience is granite.
As for butcher block, they have health issues if they are too large to clean
easily, but then, the old butchers didn't seem to have a lot of problems,
When I was in high school, I worked in a grocery store and butcher
shop. At the end of the day it was my job to clean the butcher blocks.
We put sawdust and scraped them, then wiped with a bleach solution.
Cared for properly, there are no health issues.
You cannot argue this point with some people, though. My daughter and SIL
will eat only begrudgingly out of our kitchen because we use wood cutting
boards and even (GASP!) synthetic ones that could harbor bacteria. Not sure
what they cut on at home. Yeah, this is the couple that replace their
kitchen sink scrubbies and sponges twice a year. Whether they need it or
On Sun, 05 Feb 2012 00:19:04 -0500, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
I have maple counter tops but they are finished with poly urethane.,
They are not cutting boards. I have a big cutting board surface over
the stainless counter top between the stove and sink that is treated
I did not believe the maple would hold up but I am over 10 years into
it and they are doing fine with pretty rough usage.
The one that really takes a beating is due for another coat of
urethane (first time it needs it) but that is no big deal.
On 2/5/2012 10:21 AM, email@example.com wrote:
We're getting granite in the kitchen. SWMBO insists. We already have
some in the bathroom. The laminate that's in the kitchen now looks fine.
It's at least 10 y/o because that's when we bought the house. It would
outlast me. Looks great and cleans up nice. Far from crap.
We'll probably get silestone instead of granite. We go shopping this
On Sun, 05 Feb 2012 13:24:43 -0600, gonjah <gonjah.net> wrote:
She's a smart woman. It *is* crap. Just because it "lasts" ten years doesn't
make it any less crappy. She'll love the granite.
From my experience, the quartz materials are about 2-3x the price of granite.
I really like some of them but would rather put the money into better granite.
Some of them are really pretty, but expensive (not sure how I'd like some
On 2/5/2012 3:12 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
We're going to need a unusual cut so I'm not sure we can use granite. We
have granite in the master and guest bath. I do like it. I'm hoping to
preserve some of our laminate counters for now due to cost. We have a
lot of counters so I want to do the most visible first. Due to costs I
want to do this in stages.
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