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Old 08-07-2015, 02:53 PM   #16
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I've also been using granite countertops in the homes I've renovated, as well as in my own home and several family members have had granite for many years. My brother and his wife, who by no means keep a dirty home, but aren't neat freaks and I'd doubt have re-sealed their granite annually, maybe even never and have never had a single stain or any other issues with the counter tops. Most granite sellers recommend not getting the squared off edge if your kitchen takes any sort of a beating, they say the non-rounded edges are more likely to POSSIBLY get chipped, although my parents (who keep a very clean home and do not give their tops "a beating" at all) have had the squared edges for probably 15 years now and have not a single chip.

Granite ranges in price considerably based on the type, who's selling it and some dealers get a lot of "options" in there (charging extra for the edge profiles, sink cutouts, etc, etc) while one I've used recently charges a flat price of $40 a sq foot, has 6 or 8 types to choose from and several edge profiles to choose from and only charges extra money for a sink cutout and that's a flat $100.

Quartz is great too, I've used quartz in several higher end homes for long double sink vanity tops, but I think you'll still always pay more, considerably more for quartz.

Granite has become a lot more affordable in the last maybe 5 years or so and other than if you have a kitchen where you can actually use the straight shot laminate tops you can buy off the shelf at HD, Lowes, etc for $89 or whatever, once you add up the cost of ANY custom made laminate tops (which add up quickly as well) and then compare it to spending what I've usually found to be not a lot more for granite now, I take granite any day.
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Old 08-08-2015, 07:21 AM   #17
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Quartz. Have had mine for 12 years with no resealing. My counters take a hell of a beating. I even use my counters as repair/DIY/craft workshop but they still look great.
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Why are you considering an overlay?

Overlay pros -
  • Don't have to do anything with an existing drop-in sink. Voila, it's an undermount.
  • If done cleanly, existing backsplash can be left as-is.
  • Sometimes all the work in the home is done in a few hours. Very little or no plumbing (the sink is staying where it is.)
Don't have to do anything with drop-in sinks.

Cons:
  • They're not entirely attractive. The overlayishness is usually quite apparent.
  • Existing undermount sinks are in a deep hole. Existing drop-in sinks, which were manufactured to be deep are now really deep.
  • Counter height is raised. The range may need to be elevated in order to match the countertop.
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