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    Granite countertops

    Anyone here have granite countertops? Wondered about any feedback you might have on them.

    Are there other less expensive alternatives to granite that i should be looking at?

    Also, anyone local (Des Moines area) that you might recommend for purchase/installation?

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    Re: Granite countertops

    I have had it in my last home as well as my current home. I LOVE it. they are easy to maintain, and it is nice to be able to put hot pans from the stovetop or oven directly on the counter.

    In my last home, we had a drop in sink, and with this home, we have an undermound. I highly recommend the undermount method as well.

    We had a great experience with Iowa Countertops in Grimes. They are incredibly reasonable on price as well.

    Hope this helps.



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    Re: Granite countertops

    Lowest price we've found so far is at Nebraska Furniture Mart, looks like good quality stuff, too. They've got three or four colors at $49/sq/ft installed, including taxes. Most stores are at around $80/sq/ft.

    We're about to order ours up and get the measurements taken.



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    Re: Granite countertops

    We love our granite countertops!

    Some of the chain stores have minimums that make it cost prohibitive to do bathrooms or smaller areas. We worked with Jeff Bogert, the owner of Granite, Marble & Tile Solutions in Ankeny. We did our kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a countertop in our laundry room all for an extremely reasonable price compared to the other quotes we received. We were able to save a lot of money by going to his shop and selecting remnants for some of the smaller bathroom areas. His crew was terrific too.



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    Re: Granite countertops

    We also went to Iowa Countertops in Grimes when we remodeled the kitchen last year. We went with formica because they have so many great colors and options to pick from, plus a fraction of the cost of granite. We spent the money we saved on other stuff. We never found any color combo and design with granite that fit what we wanted, so for us formica has worked out well.



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    Re: Granite countertops

    Granite is nice, easy to keep clean, looks good. If you require a decent amount of counter space, buy a slab. Then you can use the leftover pieces for things like window sills/ledges, or I had a friend who used the leftover for extending the counter out perpendicular to create a little eat-in table.



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    Re: Granite countertops

    Elite Stone Fabrications in Lisbon is where to go



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    Re: Granite countertops

    Granite is nice. We've had it for over two years now. One thing to note is that Granite is porous. The darker the color, the less porous it is. If you have a lighter color, it is recommended that you seal it yearly to prevent staining of the granite if something penetrates into the slab. Black Granite is said to be non-porous.

    Other than that, we just wipe ours down with slightly soapy cloths frequently to keep them clean. Some people with pitch daily sprays and crap like that. You don't need them.

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    Re: Granite countertops

    For small areas remnants are the way to go (as mentioned above). Otherwise you can go to a place like Cold Spring Granite and pick from their hundreds of choices--then find an installer to use the slab you pick out.

    If you are looking for something a bit different I would recommend soapstone, but it is typically more expensive than granite.

    If you want any more info feel free to PM me, as I work w/ an installer.



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    Re: Granite countertops

    Quartz is another option. It is nonporous and thus more stain resistant and food safe than granite. I believe it is comparably priced to granite. One company is Cambria - Natural Quartz Countertops



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    Re: Granite countertops

    I like Quartz over Granite.

    That said, the whole granite + stainless steel trend will likely go by the wayside in a few years in favor of something else.



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    Re: Granite countertops

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    I like Quartz over Granite.

    That said, the whole granite + stainless steel trend will likely go by the wayside in a few years in favor of something else.

    Agreed.. I dont see that whole fad lasting much longer



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    Re: Granite countertops

    One other alternative you may want to look at is Granite Transformations.
    Granite Counter Top Overlay | Kitchen & Bath | Granite Transformations

    They sell and install trend stone, an engineered product made out of natural stone, granite, and quartz. Cost is reasonable and there are advantages over granite in terms of installation and being non-porous. Has the most advantages if you are replacing existing countertops.


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    Re: Granite countertops

    There are many reasons for this due to the many benefits of granites use as a kitchen counter top material. Vast arrays of shades, colors, and textures are available. Colors to compliment any decor can be found weather its a neutral color or something bright, your personal tastes can always be satisfied. One note here, if your counter top will need more than one slab to complete, make sure they come from the same mine batch or color shades could be objectionably different between slabs. Because of its elegance, availability and durability, granite has become the countertop of choice. That popularity, in turn, has lowered the prices. Granite countertops are not a trend. Because of its wide range of shades and colors, and capacity to match and complement any cabinet, sink, and appliance material, granite will remain at the top of the list well into the future. Granite is one of the most durable materials available. Unlike Formica, it isn't subject to burning by hot pots or pans being cooked with. Granite is resistant to staining and discoloring when properly sealed on a regular basis. Sealing is easily done by anyone, and a properly sealed granite counter top will maintain a beautiful shiny luster for a lifetime. So why settle for less? It was indeed a good choice for me to choose this because Dh and the kids love this too.


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    Re: Granite countertops

    My only recommendation is to keep your resale market in mind when choosing the material. Don't drop 6k on counter tops in a 100k house.

    That said, I would go with a quartz. Had a friend tell stories about how they would hit those with forklifts by accident at Home Depot and not do ant damage.



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