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Please tell me about your kitchen countertops.
Old 03-06-2018, 04:42 PM
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Weíre going to be replacing our countertops, but Iím so confused about which material to use. Several years ago, we replaced the old Formica countertops with marble. Never again. The marble is pretty, but it etches very easily, which I could deal with, but it has cracked in 3 areas within the the last year. One of the cracks is on the windowsill over the sink.

Iíve looked at granite, quartz, and Silestone (which also seems to be prone to cracking). I want something durable, not extravagantly priced, and fairly heat-resistant. I donít put hot pans directly on the counter, but I donít want to have to baby the countertop, either. Any input is appreciated.


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Old 03-06-2018, 05:38 PM
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We have quartz that we put in a couple of years ago and we love it!
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We have granite
Old 03-06-2018, 05:50 PM
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but I'm so over granite. Granite and stainless steel.
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Old 03-06-2018, 05:52 PM
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I would do quartz too. My current counter top is laminate that the former owner painted w/black boat paint. Yah, it's hideous and drives me crazy. If only we had the $$ to upgrade them. I know one thing for sure; there will be no black counter tops in my kitchen-EVER!!
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Old 03-06-2018, 05:58 PM
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I know that many people wouldnít want it, but we have a Formica that looks like granite. Very economical, easy maintenance and suits us just fine.

Bonus is that if I get sick of it I can replace it without having buyerís remorse!

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Old 03-06-2018, 05:58 PM
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Like a Silestone. I love it. Yes, you have to be somewhat careful with very hot items. But it is easy to care for. I would have loved quartz, but it was just out of my price comfort zone. My son and DIL are putting in quartz countertops, and my mom has them. My mom redid her kitchen (flooding/insurance paid), and since she was not changing anything, she reused her counters. They are great!
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Formica (laminate)
Old 03-06-2018, 06:02 PM
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When we built our house, I really did not want to spend the kind of money granite and marble required. I thought that I would want to change/remodel the kitchen way before those materials were ready to be changed out.

After investigating stainless, I knew it wasn't for me. I didn't think I could handle the "wearing in" period it requires to produce the beautiful patina.

So I decided on Formica. To do it again, I think I would again choose Formica. The laminate companies, such as Formica, have made HUGE strides in design, colors, styles, etc.

...and it doesn't cost a king's fortune.
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:48 PM
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Weíve had quartz for 10 years, it looks exactly like it did when we put it in.....and Iím not particularly careful with it!
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:50 PM
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Quartz. Love it. No sealing and it is so easy.
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:52 PM
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We put quartz in as well and love it


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Old 03-06-2018, 07:16 PM
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Quartz

More expensive than granite but it is no maintenance. So many finishes available. You can get a marble or granite look or a wide variety of colors.

Mine is apple martini green. Everyone thought I was crazy when I ordered but once it was installed, everyone loved it.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:19 PM
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We have a quartz product called viatera. It is a sage, grey and cream color. Looks great with stainless appliances. We also got the porcelain farmers sink. The countertops are very durable! I put hot pans, and just about any other abuse you can give a countertop and they still look great.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:39 PM
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We have granite, and I love it! Less expensive and marble and quartz. No real maintenance, I think you are supposed to periodically seal it, but that is just wiping some liquid on it.

I love the way it looks! And there are so many different types.

We have the Salt and Pepper on the island, and a Impala Black on the perimeter.

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Old 03-06-2018, 07:48 PM
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My countertops are almost identical to Cat woman's.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:11 PM
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My brother did concrete countertops with some kind of sealant. I know it sounds crazy but they are very nice.

They did it themselves with help from a friend and now they have done more for others in their circle of friends.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:20 PM
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I have granite because that is what was in the house when we bought it. I havenít had any problems with it, but we have only been in this house for 7 months.

My mom recently replaced her tiled countertops with Formica. They look amazing. I would consider going with Formica if I ever decide to replace mine.

In our old house I was thinking of replacing our counters with cement, I think those counters are so cool, but we never got around to it.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:22 PM
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That is some good-looking Formica! Iím definitely not averse to have Formica countertops again. The ones we replaced were original to the house (1985) and were really showing their age.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:23 PM
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Weíve discussed the possibility of concrete countertops, so it doesnít seem odd to me at all. Iíve seen some gorgeous countertops that I couldnít believe were made of concrete.
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Thank you all so much!
Old 03-06-2018, 08:26 PM
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I really appreciate you all taking the time to respond and/or upload pics. Wish my kitchen looked as good as those in the posts! I will update when we decide and have the work done.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:38 PM
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I dream of this type of countertop. A friend has it. Like jewelry, so beautiful.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:22 PM
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I love my Corian countertops and sink. It is all one piece with smooth rounded edges to everything, including the backsplash, so there is no place were gunk can gather. I've had it 18 years, ever since I remodeled my kitchen, and it has held up very well. I chose an off white color, as I like to see a clean surface without the mottled look of granite. No maintenance at all!!

If you are thinking of granite, be aware that radon may be an issue, according to Consumer Reports.
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:39 AM
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When we built our house we went with Formica with wood trim. Originally we had decided on granite but Formica was soooooo much cheaper and easily changed out for a new fresh look later. And the PP are right there are so many designs and styles to pick from. Ours looks like black granite.
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another fan of quartz
Old 03-07-2018, 06:01 AM
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When we were building our house a few years ago we took a long time learning about the different countertops. Because I bake a lot this was one of the few things we felt was important. We have man made quartz on most of my countertops. One countertop on my island is natural quartz, just to give it some interest.
Quartz is heat resistant. You can put hot items on it. If you have marble or granite you can also, but if you put it right on a vein it may crack.
Quartz can be repaired if it is damaged. You can have it buffed out and polished.
My quartz is installed and the seams are almost invisible. You have to feel the place where they come together.
Quartz has a huge number of color choices.
Quartz is man made so that the countertops has a consistency. Granite being a natural stone, if you need more than one slab may have a different coloration or different veining.

To be honest we really liked recycled glass and soapstone the best. We have such a large amount of countertops the price was prohibitive.

My builder and architect have concrete countertops. They are great in the right type of home. They have a beautiful modern design home. We have a more arts and craft home, so concrete would look out of place.
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:58 AM
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Omg, BLACK BOAT PAINT?? On countertops?? Who does that? .
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:16 AM
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Formica! Mine is the exact "pattern" as Catwoman's. I love it as no maintenance and I don't have to worry so much about spills.

I would do Formica again in a heartbeat.


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Old 03-07-2018, 11:59 AM
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We have quartz that looks like marble. I love it - no sealing needed and it is heat resistant. Practically indestructible.
We got rid of the formica that was in the house when we bought it, I'm pretty sure it was put in when the house was built in 1979. Plenty of buckling around the seams and chips/dents that made me wonder what science project was growing in there!
Here's the before and after pics. The new backsplash is marble.
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:10 PM
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Nice remodel, fish2!
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Another vote for Formica
Old 03-08-2018, 05:41 AM
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We just replaced our original Formica countertops. They were 31 years old. No chips or scratches. It had started to come up at the seam by the sink. (And I wanted a change!)

We chose Formica again. It looks like marble, but is easy to take care of. I do use glass cutting boards to set down hot pans. I love my new countertops.

My son took the old countertop to use in his workshop. He needed a smooth surface, and it was definitely still smooth. So it was repurposed instead of going to a dump.
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