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    Countertop Suggestions?

    I am installing new kitchen cabinets in the next month and I am also looking for a new kitchen countertop as well. I am leaning towards laminate just because of cost and the fact that if it goes out of style in 5-10 years I won't feel too bad replacing it.

    Any suggestions on dealers/installers out there???

    I live in Ankeny by the way.



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    I made the mistake of not upgrading to granite and now about once a week I have to hear about it from the wife



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    I don't particularly like it but I know that granite tiles are markedly more affordable than a solid granite slab. I would prefer a solid surface without the grout lines.

    We dont have the money to change it now but I would take anything other than laminate because that is all I have ever head and I am tired of it!

    Also remember that a kitchen is one of the best places to get your money back on a sale.


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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    Don't skimp....stay away from the laminate



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    My parents put ubatuba slab in their kitchen last summer and it really looks sharp, I would recommend it.



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    There are some really new cool kinds of laminate actually. I've had some friends install some look-a-like granite laminate that I would have sworn was real stone. It also can handle the heat like real stone. They claim you can take pots from right off the stove and place them on their countertop without a hot pad. I don't know if tha is really the case I wouldn't mind having that at all.


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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    Please don't upgrade to granite unless the house is worth it. Just because everybody and their dog on HGTV installs granite countertops doesn't mean that it's right for your house. IMO, if your house is valued at under $250K, then granite is overkill. There are plenty of solid-surface products that are much more affordable than granite and look just as good.

    As someone mentioned, a kitchen is a good place to get a high return on your investment, unless you overspend on worthless upgrades. A $50,000 kitchen has no place in a $150,000 home.



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    There are some really new cool kinds of laminate actually. I've had some friends install some look-a-like granite laminate that I would have sworn was real stone. It also can handle the heat like real stone. They claim you can take pots from right off the stove and place them on their countertop without a hot pad. I don't know if tha is really the case I wouldn't mind having that at all.
    I believe that you friend installed a Corian counter top.

    One nice thing about Corian, is that if you ever scratch/gouge it, it can be filled and sanded, making the damage virtually invisible.



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    We are going to put granite tile countertops in this summer. We thought about slab, especially since it's a tiny kitchen, but being a starter house we don't want to 'overdo' it. We have also heard alot about that 'look alike' granite and the stuff the lay over your existing tops, but decided against it...



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    Check out this place, they did some work on my basement bar when we lived in Johnston:

    Jon Top Distributing



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    Quartz is better than granite anyhow.



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    There are some really new cool kinds of laminate actually. I've had some friends install some look-a-like granite laminate that I would have sworn was real stone. It also can handle the heat like real stone. They claim you can take pots from right off the stove and place them on their countertop without a hot pad. I don't know if tha is really the case I wouldn't mind having that at all.
    Sounds more like Silestone or Zodiac. Anyone know what the cost of concrete is?



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    I believe the Jon top place in Ankeny is who did our counter tops. We got the basic laminate stuff through Home Depot in WDM.

    The counter tops are holding up well - now at about 7 years. But the installation was fantastic. Did a great job scribing the counter to the all, doing the seams and caulking the gaps. We also have a little odd sided cabinet they put a countertop on and did a great job on an odd piece.

    Can't say for sure, but it sounds right. I know the Home Depot guy said they contract though a place in Ankeny.



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by jtdoyle1 View Post
    I am installing new kitchen cabinets in the next month and I am also looking for a new kitchen countertop as well. I am leaning towards laminate just because of cost and the fact that if it goes out of style in 5-10 years I won't feel too bad replacing it.

    Any suggestions on dealers/installers out there???

    I live in Ankeny by the way.
    It's hard to beat Formica. It's cheap, tough, and you can get it in about any color and pattern you want. If you get tired of it in ten year, you just peel off and replace.

    The stone products tend to be expensive and heavy.



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    Re: Countertop Suggestions?

    If you are doing laminate tops, the only thing you really only have to watch for is the price. Installation is very simple and most already come pre-made so that all you have to do is screw it to your cabinets.

    If you are doing corian or granite, you will probably want to go off referals. There is a lot of detail work in installing granite and corian that you wouldn't want to get some Joe Blow off the street. I really haven't had any contact with and companies in the Ankeny area. What i will tell you is to stay away from Bertini Marble and Tile. I have dealt with them before and it took about 5 times for them to come to home and to get it right. And the last time they came they ended up tearing it all out and redoing the whole top.



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