What do you think about granite benchtops?
Will they ever go out of style
I love them but don't want tospend a fortune if they will be ugly in 20 years time
Re: Granite benchtops3
Dec 06, 2004 6:01 pm
if you can find a way to import the granite from India, you may find you can do it cheaper than buying it here! I had some Indian friends who did that & saved a bundle on some beautiful granite. Good luck!
keep it simple.
Re: Granite benchtops4
Dec 07, 2004 10:29 am
We have managed to get granti for our bathrrom vanity and splash back. We were given a quote from a reatil outlet specialising in grantie of $800 just for the top.
Hubby's brother got the top and splash back through a guy he knows for $300. I'm very please with the result.
Re: Granite benchtops7
Oct 31, 2006 9:36 pm
Put in what ever you want, it wont matter what you use the look will come and go.
If you love it go for it! When it goes out of fashion just sit back and wait till it comes back in! Because it will.
I personally think it will never go out of trend, so enjoy!
Re: Granite benchtops8
Jan 08, 2007 9:43 pm
Whilst checking out the options for our kitchen we were offered a man made material "Caesarstone" instead of Granite they told me that this was in just as hard wearing as Granite but unlike Granite which has natural fault lines this doesn't therfore making it a better buy.
Is this true? and what are the opinions of people in the business of this as a good option for granite?
Re: Granite benchtops9
Jan 08, 2007 9:55 pm
Snappy, Caesarstone is one of my favourite tops.
But I think you will find it is a natural product, not man made! It is reconstituted stone.
Unlike Granite it does not have the “Fault Lines” I call them… therefore cracking does not appear. But be wared if you put HOT pans on the surface you will end up with problems.
Great colour selection as well.
Re: Granite benchtops10
Jan 08, 2007 10:01 pm
Thanks Michelle sorry I did realise it was stone as in natural but crushed and stuck together by man if you know what I mean Can I ask what problems you get if you put a hot pan on the surface of it as this is one feature I quite like about Granite???
I uite liked the very light coloured Ivory version of this. It does seem silly though as I was also told that even though it was basically put together by man you could only get it in certain lengths and certain thicknesses otherwise you would get the joins as you would with granite.
Re: Granite benchtops11
Jan 08, 2007 10:09 pm
Hot pans will create the same problems as with Granite, it may crack and discolour.
You should NEVER put anything hot on Granite as well…..cracking will appear eventually.
Yes there are joins in the Caesarstone but they are well hidden.
It is a very heavy product that’s why they can’t have endless lengths of it.
To hard to handle and transport.
It’s a good product you won’t be disappointed if you go with it.
Re: Granite benchtops12
Jan 08, 2007 10:12 pm
Thanks Michelle as I was under the impression Granite or Caesarstone was a good work top to have because you could put down hot pans on it without causing any damage so I'm glad you have said otherwise before I went and did it and wrecked a very good but expensive worktop
Re: Granite benchtops13
Jan 08, 2007 10:17 pm
I don’t know why they say that…..
The only ones that do not crack are the MANMADE ones!
Corrian, Hi-Max and the alike. Renomart would be able to give more info he is the kitchen guru. It’s a wounder he hasn’t had a look in.
Any natural stone will not take a sudden change in temperature.
Cold then hot…. That’s what causes the cracking.
Re: Granite benchtops14
Jan 08, 2007 10:21 pm
It does make you wonder but then I suppose it is what the profit margin is for some (not all) kitchen fitters are after!!! I was looking on a website and they said the new trend will be wooden benchtops as you're in the design business have you seen much of this as I've seen a few photos and it looks lovely but I can't see it being very practical.
Re: Granite benchtops15
Jan 08, 2007 10:32 pm
Yes they are making a come back…. As I’ve said everything comes around again….a few times over!!!
I like them…BUT, you need to treat them well. They tend to get water damage after a while.
Which will mean sanding back and re-coating. That’s fine if you’re up for it.
I think that’s why the stones are so popular, very low in maintenance.
Re: Granite benchtops16
Jan 08, 2007 10:59 pm
I have a 5 metre long work bench which is a bit of a feature as it is in the centre of the house looking out onto the outdoor area so I want something with the WOW factor...this is something that hubbie has no say whatsoever over I do want it to be clutter free and very smooth looking I did like the look of that Caesarstone Ivory as I was using a feature wall at the back of the stove which would work out in the centre of the the wall behind the worktop so a neutral colour would be fantastic.
Re: Granite benchtops18
Feb 01, 2007 2:11 pm
I know a guy here in Perth that can get granite benchtops for around $500 a piece but i think they are 2 millimetres less than the standard sizes in thickness. Looks absolutely fabulous in the kitchen
Who, do you have some details please?
Re: Granite benchtops20
Apr 08, 2007 10:54 am
Stainless steel is ok…still expensive, only because it has become popular.
But I would be very careful about using it in residential applications.
It scratches very easily, and after a while with heavy use, could look like a meat cutters slab!
That’s just my opinion…..
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