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Re: countertop options
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Posted by Bill Davies [Email] (#100) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Bill Davies) on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:06:07 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: countertop options, yaofeng, Wed, 18 Nov 2009 08:18:23
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I'd definitely look at cheap granite, especially if you don't mind a restricted colour choice, avoid greens and blues for instance. Granite's more or less bomb-proof. Just put it in carefully, well supported and levelled, and remember to seal it after installation - all stone is porous, even expensive stone!

My wife runs a cookery school in our home and the Corian tops I put in 24 years ago have lasted fantastically well, you can seal the joints and cove the back edges, that sort of thing. It has a 10-year warranty if correctly installed, at least it does over here. However although it's mostly stone (well, aluminium hydroxide) with some acrylic binder, it does need some care and protection from extreme, sustained heat, plus it can be scratched (though it's very repairable) and I guess you can't tell what your tenants will get up to.

I did my last tiled worktop in the early eighties. I made sure to use epoxy grout, applied with a mastic gun so it went right down in the joints. With all respect to those who like tiled tops, I would - like you - put them low on my personal list of options, and I don't recommend them to my own clients. Advice to those who disagree - be sure to find out if the glaze is suitable for worktop use - even within one range, some colours may be suitable, some not.

Maybe you should view the granite not as a luxury buy but as a way to insure against problems in your rental!
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