Need comparisons for concrete vs. granite vs. soapstone vs. Quartz
barbie14
February 2, 2014 in Design Dilemma
Need to see pros and cons of those 4 choices for kitchen counter tops.
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Southern Wild Garden Design
I can only speak for quartz. I did lots of research in deciding on countertops for the last house I built. My choice was the Silestone quartz for these reasons:
1. It is not porous
2. It does not require maintenance
3. It looks good and is very durable
4. It is environmentally sound

Simply put, I wanted beauty without the maintenance. I put the Silestone in kitchen and baths in my last house. I recently moved and put it in the kitchen. I have written a blog post about my entire kitchen remodel at www.southernwilddesign.com

Best of luck!
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barbie14
Thanks so much. Will read your blog.
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Twisted Minds Custom Designs
barbie14, attached is a link to a FAQ's page I created to give a introductory look at concrete as a countertop material. As this is a man-made material, different artisans will have differing levels of skill, and mix designs/sealing properties can differ vastly, so it is always best to check with a local artisan(s) to find out what their products pros/cons may be. There is no perfect material, but each has properties that will be attractive to different people therefore your personal needs will dictate which material is best for you. I hope this helps, and if you have any additional questions about concrete, feel free to ask. I would be glad to answer.
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/346684/Concrete-Countertops-FAQ-s-by-Twisted-Minds
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Marilyn Wilkie
If I were to spend money on a countertop, it would be quartz, for the reasons that Southern Wild Gardens stated above. I dislike most of the granite I see...too chunky looking.
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barbie14
Haven't looked at many samples yet, but granite seems quite shiny and heavy looking for my little kitchen
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Design Hintz Interior Design
Granite can be finished in other ways besides polished. You can do what is called a honed finish which is matte instead of shiny. You can also have it brushed or leathered which takes away from the shine and gives it a bit of texture.

Check out this link, it explains polished, honed and leathered.
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Ann
I think I'd choose either granite, soapstone or quartz for a kitchen. Concrete might be good for a bathroom. Consider a leathered finish if you choose granite. Even if you fall in love with a polished slab, it can be leathered. So, between the 3 choices, just see what you fall in love with. What color are the cabinets and floor? - that might help narrow it down.
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barbie14
White cabinets, wood floor.
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Ann
Well, that definitely keeps soapstone in the running. It's beautiful with white cabinets. If you like dark granites, Virginia Mist or Antique Brown granite are very pretty with white cabinets.
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barbie14
Would love some more info. On soapstone
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okdokegal
Soapstone can be very lovely, it does need maintenance. I have seen some of the most gorgeous farm apron sinks plus counters of soapstone. It is a softer countertop, and can scratch, but that usually can be dealt with. It will be a very dark counter.
http://www.soapstones.com/soapstone_care.html this place has some info, faq, and does some diy and prefab sales....

Myself, I'm going for poured concrete with inset/imbedded large slab granite tiles. I am a ways away from getting materials and trying some test mix/pours .. I won't be able to get anyone to come in and do it for me, the logistics of distance is very real here.

On any counter surface, there will pros and cons; and a certain amount of care and maintenance. Myself personally, don't want the maintenance and sealing of granite or soapstone; if I pour concrete I will have some of those issues anyways. I have found varying comments on the granite sealing, some say six months, some say five years... I think it is the type of granite, the porousity of the stone, the way it is finished, the use, and the type of sealer and how applied.
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barbie14
Great website. Love it's look with white cabinets and wood type flooring . Sounds like constant oiling isn't necessary after the first 3 times if one doesn't want such a dark look.
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Patricia Colwell
I love honed slate. If your space is small I think quartz in a light color is always nice. If you have a very modern kitchen the concrete works too.
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lefty47
HI -- Quartz is number 1 -- Concrete is number 2 --- Soapstone and or Marble is number 3 and people are getting tired of granite # 4 -- it is falling out of favor . This seems to be the trend in my area.
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barbie14
Thanks for wonderful info. I love the idea honed black marble. Will keep researching and looking at many examples.,thanks for taking time to educate me.
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jlheiland
I was originally going with soapstone for my new kitchen but wound up choosing honed Pietra Cardoza, it's beautiful
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barbie14
great information. I read your blog. Loved your new kitchen. I am a landscape designer so enjoyed all of your blogs.
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bardonsmith09
With so many different kinds of countertop material to choose from – laminate, hardwood, granite, quartz, marble, and other natural stones – it can be difficult to choose.but You got help from here http://www.forevermarble.com/
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All Granite and Marble Corp.
Granite is the best natural stone for a kitchen. Engineered Quartz is also great if you like the look: This video has some granite and quartz facts. Other natural stones are harder to deal with than granite. Engineered Quartz is the easiest to deal with.
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