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Old 07-25-2018, 01:58 PM   #121
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Personally, I wouldnít worry about what is ďinĒ or ďout,Ē but get what you like. Unless youíre remodeling to sell. You are the one that has to enjoy it, so donít let HGTV decide for you what you want. They all look nice and all are durable.

I think thatís what I am going to end up doing. Why worry about the resale value when we have no plans to sell the house in the near future.
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:05 PM   #122
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I think thatís what I am going to end up doing. Why worry about the resale value when we have no plans to sell the house in the near future.
That's the best idea. In many cases, the future new buyer's wife will have anything you put in torn out for her choices anyway.
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Old 07-25-2018, 04:41 PM   #123
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That's the best idea. In many cases, the future new buyer's wife will have anything you put in torn out for her choices anyway.
Exactly!!
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Consumer Reports covered this a couple of years ago and they gave the nod to quartz over granite as I recall.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:26 PM   #125
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We installed quartz in part to avoid any radon concerns. They still look good after 8 or so years. We had ours installed by Lowe's. The price was very reasonable. We had a few issues with the subcontractor, not the work but some unreasonable delays and prep work issues. Lowe's sent a manger out to supervise the subcontractor and gave us a partial refund for the unnecessary delays while our kitchen was out of commission. So despite a few delays, Lowe's took care of our complaints and the countertops look very nice so we were happy with the overall service, cost and finished product.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:52 PM   #126
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Here are some pictures of the Taj Majal Quartzite we have on our Florida condo.
We love how it looks and itís more dense than granite.
That looks great!

I am another person that does not put hot pots and pans on countertops. I also use a cutting board to chop food and do not chop on the countertops.
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Old 07-25-2018, 09:00 PM   #127
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That looks great!

I am another person that does not put hot pots and pans on countertops. I also use a cutting board to chop food and do not chop on the countertops.
^That^
Not worried about scratching the countertop but more so dulling my blades.
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:50 AM   #128
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Not worried about scratching the countertop but more so dulling my blades.

The fabricator cutting our quartzite needed special blades to cut it and had to change blades frequently. Iím not worried about scratching the countertop.
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Well, my DH and I went and looked at samples at Home Depot and Lowe's and my DH was totally OK with quartz, pointing at which ones he liked, etc. After that, we went to a local countertop company with a warehouse displaying big slabs of quartz and granite in the back of the showroom. Wow, those granite slabs had such a big impact on both of us. We felt like we were in some kind of nature gallery. Each stone had unique energy about them. Many of them were stunningly beautiful. We didn't get the same impact from quartz.

Anyway, we're now on the granite track. I was initially going for very light-colored quartz but now I'm warming up to very dark (blackish) granite...
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Granite is a natural stone that may have naturally occurring pyrites and may also may release radon. The pyrites, when exposed to water or oxygen will snap, crackle or pop, unless sealed. I wanted real granite for our counter tops, because I love the real beauty of natural stone. DW, outvoted me, and we have quartz in our kitchen and 3 baths. You know the saying," Happy wife,........."
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Granite is a natural stone that may have naturally occurring pyrites and may also may release radon. The pyrites, when exposed to water or oxygen will snap, crackle or pop, unless sealed. I wanted real granite for our counter tops, because I love the real beauty of natural stone. DW, outvoted me, and we have quartz in our kitchen and 3 baths. You know the saying," Happy wife,........."

I heard about the radon but people still get granite right? I wonder if people test for radon at all?

As for the happy wife, Iím glad my DH is in the same page as me.
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Radon can be present in any rock, and since kitchens and bathrooms are well ventilated it's a pretty miniscule risk.
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Radon can be present in any rock, and since kitchens and bathrooms are well ventilated it's a pretty miniscule risk.

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Radon is even emitted from concrete. But, like granite, itís in such small amounts itís not a concern. Homes with elevated radon levels usually get it from the soil they are built on. These can be remediated with venting.
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Radon can be present in any rock, and since kitchens and bathrooms are well ventilated it's a pretty miniscule risk.
And don't even think about the radiation exposer you get from flying.
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Quartz can be ruined by a hot pan, so we have ruled it out for kitchen use. Quarztite and granite come is various levels of porosity, which affects stain absorbtion, and colors, which affects your ability to see stains. We use a granite cleaner/sealer, so the stone is sealed every time we clean it.
what is the name of the cleaner/sealer and where do you get it? This sounds like a good idea if it actually seals it.
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what is the name of the cleaner/sealer and where do you get it? This sounds like a good idea if it actually seals it.

The best sealer I know is 511 Porous Plus Sealer available on Amazon. You can find less expensive products that clean and seal in local grocery stores.
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what is the name of the cleaner/sealer and where do you get it? This sounds like a good idea if it actually seals it.
This stuff https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002LGY10G..._t1_B000VTYRTA
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Out of curiosity, I went to the amazon link provided and it says that it's not a Granite sealer (??) at the end of the 4th bullet point under "About the Product"

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It is not a stand-alone sealer, but after the stone has been sealed, this stuff keeps it sealed. Look at the reviews and the questions. Most people (like us) do not use a stand-alone sealer in addition to this.
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what is the name of the cleaner/sealer and where do you get it? This sounds like a good idea if it actually seals it.
Iíve always bought from this place:

https://www.mbstonecare.com

I used to have an all natural stone shower. Never again. This places products always worked and never ruined my stone. With my granite counter tops, Iíve never used anything yet because they came sealed guaranteed for ten years. I my look into something in a year or so at the half way point. After natural stone, granite is a breeze. I think our shower was travertine. It was very porous.
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