Best Tile For Countertops - Tiling, ceramics, marble - Page 3 - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring > Tiling, ceramics, marble

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-12-2010, 08:28 PM   #31
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,464
Rewards Points: 2,576
Default

Best Tile for countertops


Quote:
ok so this chit-chat is all normal here...just boys being boys. i get it.
Didn't take too long!

This is nothin', you should see what goes on in the DIY Chat locker room.

Advertisement

__________________
XXX
Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2010, 08:35 PM   #32
Member
 
steveel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 287
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Best Tile for countertops


Since we're sharing opinions my kitchens are work spaces and take a beating. I love tile but I hate dirty grout and grout gets dirty with coffee grounds and muddy carrots. So.... I'll tile the floors but not another kitchen counter.

After structural and HVAC repairs at my current place, my first discretionary project will be to make a cheap laminate counter look sexy using this technique:
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-...px?ac=ts&ra=fp

A word about resale. Maybe you know this or maybe I'm wrong, but here goes....

My experience with the market, post recession, is that (a) banks will not loan more than a house appraises for, so your bottom line at closing will be determined by that appraisal; (b) the appraiser will not come inside and the type of counter material you use will not probably not be reflected on the dollar value the appraiser puts down, and if it registers at all the impact will be far less than the increased cost of the material.

So if you are after resale, just bear in mind that impact will be on buyer's desire to have your property instead of the similar bank owned property down the road, that's the same price, and has the cheap stuff on the counters. Making yours beat out the competition is a worthy goal, and the money you save by selling six months earlier than you would otherwise is where you make back the cost of "extras". Just don't expect to see that reimbursement in the closing price. Look for it in the money saved by moving your property early in the process.

Best,
Steve El
steveel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2010, 08:42 PM   #33
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,464
Rewards Points: 2,576
Default

Best Tile for countertops


Quote:
(a) banks will not loan more than a house appraises for,
Isn't the fact that lenders were loaning up to 125% of appraised value one of the many factors that helped to crash Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
__________________
XXX
Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2010, 08:50 PM   #34
Member
 
steveel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 287
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Best Tile for countertops


I'm certainly not complaining about the banks. I am mad about the method the appraisers use for mortgage lending purposes.

But the main point of my post was to share with the OP my recent experiences regarding "resale value" of remodeling choices.
steveel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2010, 09:48 PM   #35
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,761
Rewards Points: 36
Default

Best Tile for countertops


I would add that nice professionally done tile counter tops would make a difference over some that were poorly done by an amateur such as a homeowner that didn't do their homework or just lacks the skill needed.

What is the recommended grout sealer for such an application? I know that vegetable oil is used for slate and wood since food prep is done there. I haven't seen that discussed in this thread.
Jim F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2010, 08:22 AM   #36
Jack of all - master none
 
hyunelan2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: SW Suburbs of Chicago
Posts: 1,221
Rewards Points: 528
Default

Best Tile for countertops


I think you actually need to use a grout sealant - not the oils that seal wood and porous stone. I could be wrong though.

Advertisement

hyunelan2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tile over Tile ?? Piney Flooring 17 02-06-2012 10:59 PM
Re-tiling a bathtub surround BillyB44 Remodeling 39 01-24-2011 07:10 PM
Trimming installed tile with tile blade in normal circular saw? jdraughn Tools 5 12-13-2009 10:07 PM
Some questions about laying Tile? DiY_RooK Flooring 1 08-31-2007 10:35 PM
Tile and laminate, or get rid of tile? kfoster Flooring 10 03-17-2006 03:14 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts