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    Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Do any of you have any recommendations on an installer? We looked at Lowe's, but I would like to do some comparisons. We live in Ankeny.



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    There's always the 5 minute install of Formica!




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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONECONES View Post
    There's always the 5 minute install of Formica!
    Realtors are saying that is a deal breaker with many people. It's the new 3rd car garage apparently. We are looking to do this as a replacement to the slightly damaged laminated that we have now, for sale or for our continued enjoyment.



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Go quartz or be very selective about your granite, but do yourself a favor and keep it clean looking. A lot of people don't like busy granite or very speckled quartz made to look like bad granite. I'm one of them. (FYI, I design and build high end homes/apartments in NYC and Connecticut and use Caesarstone almost exclusively as we rarely have any stain issues with it, 7 years and no complaints from anyone yet across 75+ projects firm wide). Absolute black granite is ok if you really want granite. However, the only granite I've ever really liked was the marron cohiba... It's amazing, especially when honed. Silestone is another good quartz product that I'm pretty sure Lowes carries.

    The last thing you want to do is turn buyers away because the gawdy granite/quartz needs to be replaced... not really worth your money at that point.



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Quote Originally Posted by stateofmind View Post
    Do any of you have any recommendations on an installer? We looked at Lowe's, but I would like to do some comparisons. We live in Ankeny.
    Welcome to Renaissance Marble & Granite, providing countertops services in Urbandale, IA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isulive2train View Post
    We went there this weekend, but it was closed. I've heard they are pricey, but I have no idea yet. I've been fortunate to visit the one in Johnny's a few times.



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Quote Originally Posted by BKLYNCyclone View Post
    Go quartz or be very selective about your granite, but do yourself a favor and keep it clean looking. A lot of people don't like busy granite or very speckled quartz made to look like bad granite. I'm one of them. (FYI, I design and build high end homes/apartments in NYC and Connecticut and use Caesarstone almost exclusively as we rarely have any stain issues with it, 7 years and no complaints from anyone yet across 75+ projects firm wide). Absolute black granite is ok if you really want granite. However, the only granite I've ever really liked was the marron cohiba... It's amazing, especially when honed. Silestone is another good quartz product that I'm pretty sure Lowes carries.

    The last thing you want to do is turn buyers away because the gawdy granite/quartz needs to be replaced... not really worth your money at that point.
    quartz is nice I guess, but for some reason I just can't stop thinking it looks like the terrazzo floors of institutional buildings. I also can't remember ever hearing anyone complain much about granite.



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Quote Originally Posted by stateofmind View Post
    We went there this weekend, but it was closed. I've heard they are pricey, but I have no idea yet. I've been fortunate to visit the one in Johnny's a few times.
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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Watch about 5 episodes of house hunters and you'll have your answer. Not saying it's the best choice but nearly everyone asks for granite.



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Not to offend anyone, but I hang out on several decorating forums and it's sort of a running joke about how out of touch builders and realtors are with what people want. Go to a few open houses yourself and see if homes comparable to yours really are putting stone. Or if you really want it install it in go ahead but don't be bullied into it. There are pros and cons to all countertop options so don't write off laminate or solid surfaces just yet.

    I put in Cambria quartz and love it but it was expensive and I'm not moving anytime soon. There is a growing backlash against the obiquitious shiny granite/stainless kitchen so trying to please the next buyer it is a lost cause.

    Most people would be better off focusing in on choices that coordinate with the style of their home and the undertones of the existing decorating instead of just buying slab of granite because "that's what sells."



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicarious View Post
    Not to offend anyone, but I hang out on several decorating forums and it's sort of a running joke about how out of touch builders and realtors are with what people want. Go to a few open houses yourself and see if homes comparable to yours really are putting stone. Or if you really want it install it in go ahead but don't be bullied into it. There are pros and cons to all countertop options so don't write off laminate or solid surfaces just yet.

    I put in Cambria quartz and love it but it was expensive and I'm not moving anytime soon. There is a growing backlash against the obiquitious shiny granite/stainless kitchen so trying to please the next buyer it is a lost cause.

    Most people would be better off focusing in on choices that coordinate with the style of their home and the undertones of the existing decorating instead of just buying slab of granite because "that's what sells."
    I agree wholeheartedly. We have always hated our counters, and now the seam in the corner of our laminate is buckling. It's time to replace for sure, and although it's way more expensive we are going to have to replace. I figure we might as well go the solid surface route. Thanks to all for some suggestions on places.

    Hopefully the couple that looked last night will buy the house and I won't have to go through with it, but I doubt I'm that lucky. Although it's the second showing and we haven't even put our house on the market yet.



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    I've made this recommendation before:

    If you decide to go ahead with a natural stone countertop (i.e., "granite"), make sure that you see the actual slab of stone that the contractor intends to install into your home before they cut it to fit your counter.

    Unlike paints, which can be mixed precisely to match any swatch, natural stone shows, well, natural variability.

    Just because you like one color or style, doesn't mean that your countertop will look like that. As an example, my folks picked out a dark "granite" for their kitchen island and were slightly disappointed that it didn't have as many quartz veins and garnets in it as the sample stone that they looked at. That being said, it's still very nice.

    You'd hate to think you were getting one thing and then get something even slightly different, if your mind was set on a certain feature.



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    Re: Granite, Quartz, or other solid surface countertops

    Quote Originally Posted by isulive2train View Post
    We got our granite from there a few years ago and we love it. They did a great job and it wasn't that much more expensive then the high end laminate.



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