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Don't take the first bid for granted. Talking to a smaller contractor saved this homeowner money and landed him beautiful stone counters.
Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvement projects.
An experts contributor explains the pros and cons of installing porcelain tile and marble tile in your home and how to decide which is best for your space.
Artificial (quartz) is cheaper, more uniform, has fewer voids to collect dirt, and is almost as abrasion and chip resistant.
Granite is more expensive, stains and collects dirt a little easier as a rule, and is slighly more chip resistant as a rule.
For durability, I would not rate one over the other - barring a 250 lb guy hopping up on it and cracking it, either is likely to outlive you. Selection is typically based on appearance - quartz tends to be more uniform looking and does not always do a good job of simulating the veining and variations that natural stone has.
Now some of the man made stone counters rival the real granite and othe stones without the maintainence of stone. There are many of them out there and it is more a choice of looks than anything else. Corian is still a strong choice of tops today and one advantage is it can be repaired when scratched on site. If you don't mind the maintainence you can't beat the looks of real stone though unless you need a few pieces to make up the top as the graining may be hard to match up. I am impressed though at how realistic some of the man made products have become. It is more an issue of what brand are available in your area. Most all are made the same way with crushed stone and basically an epoxy binder used to make the sheets.
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in in the space. They also installed a bamboo floor which looks like it is part of the original 1927 hardwood flooring of the rest of the house.
My friends and family simply love the gorgeous glass back splash.
Unique hardware and modern appliances round out the look. I love cooking, and I really love cooking in that kitchen.
Installing my new granite counter tops proved tricky, but
I’ll aim to keep this short, so just a few of the reasons I recommend
The dozen or so contractors I interviewed sort of all blurred together toward the end, except that
Sort of off the cuff after taking a quick call,
That got us talking, with me volunteering a gripe about a memo I was just reviewing where the author couldn’t be consistent in his use of the serial comma.
I nodded my head, adding that I love that feeling when at work I’m right on the
That attention to detail was more than just aspirational.
I’m sure I’m unaware of many, many other times when
But it’s not just
I'm a bachelor with bad taste and no interest in, or flair for, interior design, so
Besides perfectionism and a lot of help and insightful recommendations, with
Those idiosyncrasies, combined with my work schedule, meant that it took more than a year for me to have everything ready before
So, this review is already long, but summing things up:
My word of advice to you:
The job went forward and the installation had no issues. We are thrilled with the results.
My only nits are that it is sometimes hard to get
went through a year-long process of trying to get the warranty from
There was one other important issue that
What we could not see at the end of installation (the undercabinet lights were not in yet), was that the Silestone has what looks like small subsurface fractures in many of the embedded quartz chips. They came back out and said it was not their fault. They came out with the Silestone rep and he said that this was not normal. We had hopes that it would be resolved, but heard nothing. I called Silestone and they said I would have to work through the installer (
We are still a bit concerned that
contractors would be months behind as a result. Not only are
labor. How many contractor's can you say tell you when not to give them work? What also impressed us was his team included almost everyone needed and when he had to sub-contract on specialty items (our granite countertop and island) he knew exactly what had to be done and ensured the work was up to the standard he demanded.
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