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Old 03-06-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Solid surface countertops, $$?

Hi there,

We are renovating our kitchen this summer and have decided on some type of solid surface countertop. Just not sure what kind yet!

If you have these, can you share what kind (granite, corian, etc) and anything you like or dislike? Also a rough idea of cost would be very helpful!!

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Old 03-06-2013, 07:40 PM   #2
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I have quartz (manfuctured but 90% stone), had it 7 years now, bought from Lowes, about $3000 installed at the time, large L shaped counter, but I don't have the measurements. I love that I never have to worry about heat/hot pads, and that clean up is a cinch. I also love/hate the fact that because of the speckled pattern I chose, I sometimes, can't tell its dirty without running my hands over it LOL.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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I also have quartz (silestone) and absolutely love it! No worries about sealing it or placing a hot dish on it.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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We also love our quartz!
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:05 PM   #5
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We have Corian. I was planning on getting one of the nicer granite-look laminates when we redid our kitchen, but there was a fabulous deal on about 25 Corian patterns at my kitchen place, where the Corian with an integral sink installed was the same price as the laminate uninstalled.

I'd never thought much of Corian, thought it would be too plasticky but I like it a lot. It looks great and it's much warmer than expected. The integral sink is awesome to keep clean.

What I would love is granite but it wasn't in the budget. I like natural materials and would love a granite with some movement.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:55 PM   #6
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Quartz in my main house and I love it! We have granite in 2nd home and I hate it
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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We LOOOVE the granite in our kitchen. It's so unusual - black with big blotches of white. Some parts you can look through the granite - kind of hard to explain - like 3d for countertops! I don't remember how much it cost, but it was worth it! I love that I can take things out of the oven/off of the stove and put them right on it without worries. It does require a special "sealing" coat once a year (not a big deal - DH does it), and we do use granite cleaner to clean it.

We are remodeling our girls' bathroom and chose silestone (sp?) for that. It costs about the same price as granite, but it's lower maintenance.
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I have quartz (manfuctured but 90% stone), had it 7 years now, bought from Lowes, about $3000 installed at the time, large L shaped counter, but I don't have the measurements. I love that I never have to worry about heat/hot pads, and that clean up is a cinch. I also love/hate the fact that because of the speckled pattern I chose, I sometimes, can't tell its dirty without running my hands over it LOL.
Same here! We put our quartz in this past summer. We have a small kitchen but with a large overhang so it added a bit of cost. We paid $5000 for the countertop, installation and sink. We took out the old counter top (they hauled it away) and installed the faucet and disposal ourselves. Saved us about $600.

Our quartz is by Cambria which is a company in PA and the quartz is made in the USA. We loved that fact.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:38 AM   #9
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Also wanted to add that I thought I wanted Granite, but my sister bless her heart, big HGTV fan that she is, said no you want Quartz, and I had never even heard of it. Like the above poster mentioned, the edging your choose can have a big effect on the price. I choose the round front edge (bull nose I think) and didn't add the back splash, as I intended to do custom tile for the back splash, we also did our own removal, and kept the existing sink which was in good shape. All those things will affect your price.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:38 AM   #10
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Is there a large price difference between granite and quartz, silestone or Corian?
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:55 AM   #11
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We have granite...love it!
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:32 AM   #12
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We have quartz (silestone) in the kitchen, love it!! No staining, hot pads, easy cleaning except you can't always tell it is dirty. (This is not a bad thing in my opinion, either!) I have a small granite top in the master bath, which is 1 year old. I hate it! Water splashing has stained & changed the color of the stone. Under the soap dispenser is another rind of discoloration. It was sealed & this still occurred. I may be the only one that notices that the sand color granite has an orange tint & dark spots, but it does bother me. I wouldn't have purchased granite over silestone, but it was only offering from the tub place.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:52 AM   #13
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I have Quartz. I chose that over granite as it never needs resealing and I prefer a uniform pattern. If you want something unique, with veins, granite would be a better choice. The price is very comparable with QUartz being slightly more expensive. Also with granite you need to make sure anything acidic isn't left on it (lemon juice etc).

I had 37sq feet, with a designer edge and I paid ~$4K, taxes in.

I truly dislike the look of Corian.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:55 AM   #14
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Glad to hear all the great quartz reviews! We're looking at taking out our laminate counter tops sometime soon and are leaning toward quartz. Thought about Corian but my MIL got Corian counter tops a few years back and HATES them. She thinks they scratch too easily.
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