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Old 07-22-2018, 09:55 AM   #41
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To me it was simply a cost issue. Granite was a lot less expensive than quartz. Our granite came sealed with a ten year guarantee. I don’t plan on resealing but I also don’t plan on leaving wine or oils sit on the counter for and length of time. We had one accident (sweet potato in a basket went bad and sat on the counter and got moldy) that caused a stain, but all we had to do was soak a paper towel with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit on the stain overnight. Took two days but the stain did come out. If it hadn’t, we’d have called the place we bought it from as we’ve only had it about two years. If I didn’t have a tight remodel budget, I’d go with quartz, but it was at least twice as expensive and we had a couple large counter tops. It was a few thousand more in our application to go with quartz.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:05 AM   #42
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We had a new kitchen put in the end of 2014 and we have quartz. I love it.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:06 AM   #43
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I replaced a dark granite countertop with a light quartz countertop last year in my kitchen. The new quartz (with a marble look) feels like a solid slab of stone and looks really natural. I find both materials easy to clean and maintain. I was concerned about stains on the "white marble" quartz but so far it has remained spotless (my mother has real marble countertops at her house and they stain and etch very easily). As far as resale value between granite and quartz, I have no clue. In my cheap-ish neighborhood, I cannot imagine it making much of a difference. But in a more upscale setting, people might be more inclined to expect granite or other natural stone material.
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Old 07-22-2018, 10:07 AM   #44
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We are remodeling our kitchen at the moment. We chose a natural stone. If you want light colors you might go with quartzite. The industry does not always refer to the rock types as the geologists do. Some granites will have a mix with plenty of light colors. Quartzite (a metamorphic rock) is usually more expensive but it is fine grained and can be beautiful.

FWIW, we chose dark colored stone slabs. They are "Saturnia" by name but are really a schist which is a metamorphic rock that is not quite as fine grained as some quartzites. See: Schist Happens: Get to Know This Brilliant Stone - Use Natural Stone
Yeah, I didn't see quartzite mentioned in the 2009 discussion. We used quartzite in our recent master bath remodel. It's the most amazing natural stone surface I've ever seen... supposedly harder than granite. It's usually very pricey, but we just needed a single small-ish piece for the vanity and found a remnant in our supplier's boneyard at a decent price.

We installed a higher grade granite in the kitchen about 12 years ago. It's held up well and looks great. I reseal about every two years and we've had no stains despite numerous red wine mishaps. We like the irregular patterns and streaks.
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I loved my (black) granite countertops in my old house that I discussed in posts #21 and #25 above (see photo below).
Yes, very beautiful. Too bad the new owner demoed it.
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I want to go with a light-colored slab, so from what I read so far here, I have a feeling granite is out due to the staining factor. I may change my mind though, which I'm known to do...
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To me it was simply a cost issue. Granite was a lot less expensive than quartz. .... If I didn’t have a tight remodel budget, I’d go with quartz, but it was at least twice as expensive and we had a couple large counter tops. It was a few thousand more in our application to go with quartz.
+1 We were budget constrained because we didn't want to end up with more invested in our condo that what it would be worth, so we decided on granite instead of quartz due to granite's lower cost. It should be templated tomorrow and installed in a week or two.

ETA: part of the reason that granite was cheaper for us is that we could do our kitchen with one vary large granite slab... but quartz would have required two slabs because quartz doesn't come in slabs large enough... the difference between buying one granite slab or 1 1/2 quartz slabs was pretty significant.
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Yes, very beautiful. Too bad the new owner demoed it.
I thought so too! They didn't demo the ugly 1960's bathrooms, complete with pink plastic tub/shower surround. Just my gorgeous kitchen. The photo of the black granite countertop in my old kitchen, was after I had lived there for 13 years with it. During that 13 years I re-sealed it maybe twice (10 minutes each time). I used Windex on it often with no bad effects, and Windexed it just before taking that photograph.

I just added a photo of the laminate countertop in my new house.
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To me it was simply a cost issue. Granite was a lot less expensive than quartz. Our granite came sealed with a ten year guarantee. I don’t plan on resealing but I also don’t plan on leaving wine or oils sit on the counter for and length of time. We had one accident (sweet potato in a basket went bad and sat on the counter and got moldy) that caused a stain, but all we had to do was soak a paper towel with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit on the stain overnight. Took two days but the stain did come out. If it hadn’t, we’d have called the place we bought it from as we’ve only had it about two years. If I didn’t have a tight remodel budget, I’d go with quartz, but it was at least twice as expensive and we had a couple large counter tops. It was a few thousand more in our application to go with quartz.
How many years ago did you price quartz? Quartz used to be very expensive, but the price has come down a lot in the recent years.

What color is your granite?
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I thought so too! They didn't demo the 1960's bathrooms, complete with pink plastic tub/shower surround. Just my gorgeous kitchen. The photo of the black granite countertop in my old kitchen, was after 13 years and re-sealing maybe twice (10 minutes each time). I used Windex on it just before photographing it.

I just added a photo of the laminate countertop in my new house.
Yeah, I like the color/design of your laminate countertop. That's the kind of color I want to go for. I've seen something like that in quartz too, but my DH likes the marbled look better so that's what we will go for, but who knows what we end up with.

Either way I think your countertop in your new house looks very clean and contemporary. I would definitely keep it. Ours is in a very bad shape, so it really needs to be replaced.
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How many years ago did you price quartz? Quartz used to be very expensive, but the price has come down a lot in the recent years.

What color is your granite?
Two years ago. Our granite is medium brown speckled.
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Bellow is a pic of our granite slab before install. Don't have any after pics handy. Looked at quartz but it didn't have the pop we were looking for.
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Quartz and granite are so out.
All the cool kids are installing Dekton. https://www.dekton.com/usa/countertops/
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We remodeled the kitchen and both bathrooms in the house we are selling. We went with quartz because it is so durable and carefree, and is just as attractive to us as granite.
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Pick what you like the looks and costs of and you won’t go wrong. Most surfaces are so much more durable than the original formica.
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Quartz and granite are so out.
All the cool kids are installing Dekton. https://www.dekton.com/usa/countertops/


Is Dekton what you have? I read it chips easily. How is it working for you?
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Is Dekton what you have? I read it chips easily. How is it working for you?
Here's a CR report on it - https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...ests/index.htm

It does look like it's susceptible to chips and cracks. Cool looking, though.
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Between granite and quartz I’d choose quartz hands down. They’re about the same cost. Granite is porous and can stain or react to acidic foods, not so with quartz. Granite is much easier to chip than quartz, our granite chipped at the edge of the sink. And you can buy quartz countertops with a granite-like “natural look” if so desired. Our next home will definitely have quartz counters in the kitchen if not throughout.
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Have had granite in last 3 houses, only sealed them once and never had any stains. All 3 were a medium color. Have been in this house 6 years.
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Between granite and quartz I’d choose quartz hands down. They’re about the same cost. Granite is porous and can stain or react to acidic foods, not so with quartz. Granite is much easier to chip than quartz, our granite chipped at the edge of the sink. And you can buy quartz countertops with a granite-like “natural look” if so desired. Our next home will definitely have quartz counters in the kitchen if not throughout.

There are pluses/minuses to each material. Granite can take a hot pan better then quartz as I understand it. To fix chips on a granite edge, some clear materials can be used and probably requires a service to do properly. I think the choice of edge design can mitigate problems.
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