We are re-doing our kitchen. We have painted the walls, redone the cabinets, now it is time for the counters. My question is: We have ceramic tile floors, we are thinking of taking out the counter tops, and installing granite tile counters. We have visited a tile store and got instructions on how to do this, but is it worth it?
I want something for long term use, not something that will have to be replaced in a couple of years. Does anyone have this type of counter, are you happy with it, how much maintenance. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Last year we redid our kitchen with cabinets and countertop. I wanted the granite (oh it was soooo beautiful!) but; when the company came out to measure it was found that it would be too heavy for our mobile home. And, that if it cracked there is no warranty. I understand you want tiles so that part may not be a problem; but is your foundation strong enough to have it. I have heard from friends some of their friends have had it go through the floor! I have no idea, of course how much you would need; just be sure you have a sturdy enough foundation for this. I hope you can have it because it is beautiful. I did choose corian and while it is not my first choice; I really do love it and it can be repaired if necessary. Maybe it would be worth it to have some professional come it and determine if the weight would be too much. Best of wishes in your endeavor!
Granite will need weekly oiling, I have been told. What do you think will happen to your shirt if you lean on the counter?
Thank you both for your suggestions. We were planning on doing the work ourselves. I am pretty sure the foundation will hold up, as I have a treadmill in the next room and we have tile floors all over. I was just curious as to how well the granite tile would hold up against a house full of boys plus me. I would like the solid surface, but after the cabinets, paint and decorating they are well over our budget. Thank you again. Jean
I have had my granite counter tops for 7 years. Love it, love it. Easy to keep clean with a damp cloth or sometimes I use Orange clean for the smell. You can even put hot pots on the counter top without any problem. It should last a life time. Get it as you will love it. Worth the money.
Thanks rlf323 and sshep, will do!!!!!!!! Husband told me tonight to quit "thinking about it" and just "do it". Now, if only he would say " what else would you like to get?"
I would like Granite Counters too for our new home but, my husband said he saw a show on tv that it holds in bacteria. Is there anyone who knows this?
My sister has granite tile countertops as well as the back splash to match it. She loves it and believe me her house gets abused by her kids and it has stood up great over the years. Advice: Make sure you spend the extra money and get a special grout that resists stains. Don't just use any grout or you will never be able to clean the stains from food, etc. This special grout is "harder to work with" installation wise but insist on it being used. Pay extra even for installation.
My sister has it and swears by the special stain resistant grout. It is made by different manufacturers. For an extra touch, she had the extra granite tiles installed along the base board only around her kitchen island not the rest of the kitchen. She got the tiles on clearance from Home Depot. Make sure you get enough tiles if they are being clearanced out because if you need extra the store won't have anymore left to finish your job! One more piece, the tiles were installed diagonally which definitely costs more and wastes more tiles. It saves to install them the normal way (direction).
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