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Old 11-30-2005, 07:25 PM   #11
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My folks just built a new home and looked at both granite and silestone ... They went with the silestone simply because of care requirements which are none compared to granite. My mom was also concerned about cracking with the granite if something were dropped or if it got to cold in the house while they were away (it's in northern WI).
It looks good but like Yakuta said, it is uniform. They choose a nice stone look but it's not quite stone ... ya know?
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Old 11-30-2005, 07:39 PM   #12
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counter tops??? what are those??? lol (seriously, grew up in houses without such things...cast iron sink n drain board combo hung on the wall, butler's pantry had a ledge, and stove was wide and had a space in the center. Kitchen had room for a work table of old.)
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Old 11-30-2005, 08:38 PM   #13
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Two years ago we replaced our kitchen countertops and I did a whole bunch of research.

We are thrilled with the Flowstone countertops we chose. They accurately matched the granite sample I took them so the patterns and colors are pretty much endless; there is only 1 seam and nobody can find it; they are difficult to scratch and easily cleaned with soft scrub. The sink is made of the same material so there is no ledge - the cost of an undermount sink was much higher. They are completely non-porous and impervious to every stain I've hit them with - wine, coffee, tea, pomegranite juice - they just don't stain. You can put pans on them directly out of the oven or just off the stove and they give you the sink cut outs to use as cutting boards - thing is they dull my knives horribly so I rarely use them. My backsplashes are made of the same material and the look is nearly seamless. They absorb heat very slowly and are cool to the touch making them ideal for working dough. I have managed to put one little "divot" in the counter but I was trying to break a frozen steak apart with a knife and using a mallet! Boy did I deserve that one!

I chose not to get granite for many reasons but one big one is if you take a slice of granite - even sealed - and you put half a lemon on it mold will grow underneath.....YUCKY!!!!! In addition the sealant is expensive and must be done about twice a year.
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Old 11-30-2005, 09:36 PM   #14
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We chose solid surface when we had our kitchen remodeled 3 years ago, and at the recommendation of the contractor we went with Avonite, a Corian knockoff. It's the same quality (1/2" thick) as Corian at half the price. And they were offering a special for rounded edges with an inlay strip at no extra charge. We also went with the integrated sink for a smooth, seamless look that is easy to clean. We have 25' of countertop in the new kitchen, and the cost was less than almost anything but formica.

We have been very happy with the chioce we made, as it allowed us more lattitude (i.e. we spent more $ ) on the cabinets, also something I highly recommend. Both of our families and most of our friends are jealous of our kitchen...
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Old 11-30-2005, 10:04 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone for taking the time to explain the pros and cons of the countertops you have or have had......I truely appreciate it! Corz....I have tile countertops in this rental apartment now and I can't stand them. I had laminate in my old house.....we just never got around to changing the countertops there. You've all given me wonderful information and a lot to absorb and research further. I will have to take my list of your recommendations with me next time I go to the home improvement store. Looks like we may be closing on a deal for another house. Will be putting in a counter offer Friday and I'm certain it will go through. We just have to hope the home inspection goes without a hitch. Thanks again everyone!
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