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Old 07-05-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Least expensive decent counter top material?


I am looking to sell my home after 15 years. It has reddish oak solid wood cabinets but they look a lot like an Ikea's line so I guess the look is not dated.

The counter tops are white 4x4 tile along with the backsplash. Oddly, the Ikea mailer that has the look like my cabinets has a white counter top.

So what is not a fortune that would be an upgrade? I am not impressed with Corian. Marble is probably too expensive. What about quartz? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
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You need to make a few calls for pricing--the most reasonable cost counter top is Formica--

The Quarts type cost about the same as granite--
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I am looking to sell my home after 15 years. It has reddish oak solid wood cabinets but they look a lot like an Ikea's line so I guess the look is not dated. The counter tops are white 4x4 tile along with the backsplash. Oddly, the Ikea mailer that has the look like my cabinets has a white counter top. So what is not a fortune that would be an upgrade? I am not impressed with Corian. Marble is probably too expensive. What about quartz? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
If you can afford it, go with quartz. It's very durable. Unlike natural stones, it's nonporous. We've had ours for 12 years. It's moisture and stain-proof and we never had to reseal.
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I'm a big fan of tile countertops. I prefer the 3" tile, although I have done 8". The 3" allows you more leeway regarding the design without cutting any tile.

You can cheat on the stretch through the sink. You just cut one or several tile through the sink area to make up for an oddball dimension.

I use wood edging and epoxy grout. You can use whatever backsplash you desire. I like a tile backsplash as well.

If you want to have granite, then use granite tiles. You can get 24x24 with some coping for the edges.
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