Need help with choosing countertop material.
rfzechman
February 11, 2013
We are planning a major remodeling project in our newly purchased home. Countertops are a concern. We like granite but are a little concerned with radon emission. What does anyone think of quartzite or slate?
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aclark900
What is radon emission?
    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:35PM
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rfzechman
A radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Usually from the ground in certain areas of the U.S., but in some cases have been found in granite up to 25 times the EPA limit.
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ruthmand
Wow, you just scared 50 million people with granite countertops! If that is a big concern for you I would go with something like Silestone, Cambria or Cesarstone. Slate comes out of the ground too so you better check to see if it emits radon as well.
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rfzechman
Not trying to scare anyone. We have had granite countertops in previous homes. You can google the subject. There appears to be enough instances across the country that we would rather not deal with the possibility. The vast majority of granite does not have this problem
    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 6:20PM
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ruthmand
You got my curiousity up so I started checking on this. Apparently quartzite comes forms from extended pressure on sandstone, the later also being susceptible to radon emission. The choices I mentioned above are all man made but do contain small particles of quartz. To eliminate your concerns couldn't you have the slab of granite, or whatever you plan to use, tested for radon emission? That is a fairly simple process and then you can choose the material you want.
    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 6:58PM
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rfzechman
Sounds like a plan. Thanks for your input.
    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 8:08PM
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