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Take It For Granite?

Countertops. Discuss.

Granite, marble, glass, butcher-block, metal, tile, concrete, laminate...

Wow!  Have you ever researched countertops?  Every option has a pro's list that equally offsets its con's.  What a tough (and pricey) decision!

I'm asked frequently by homeowners if they should update their countertops to granite.  Whereas granite is a "hot" item these days, I also hear a lot of negatives about it. 

So, what's your preference? 

Know of any other neat countertop ideas?  If so, please share!

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Kim Delaney August 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I hear Quartz is all the rage these days... But I'm partial to granite, still!
Marble gets my vote for aesthetics. But, for staining - that's another story. Do you "seal" your granite countertops? If yes, how often?
Cheryl Miller August 28, 2012 at 06:23 AM
concrete has a new polymer that makes it look just like granite. Makes it more durable and cheaper, but with the same impressive look to add to your home value. Jessica, have you heard or seen what I'm talking about?
Sharon Kilpatrick August 28, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I've got quartz (trade name: caesarstone). Totally maintenance free - and it looks as shiny-new as the day it was installed (over a year ago). All I've done is wipe it down after I wash dishes. No sealing ever; no stains; no cut marks (did I mention I got rid of my cutting board?); no chips; no fade; no clouding. I could not be any happier and I wonder why I waited so long. Cost about the same as granite, though granite should be sealed annually.

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