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Question #1

Robert, I live here in Valencia and am in the middle of planning a remodel in our home.

We are trying to decide on kitchen counters and are confused on the types of stone that exists.

We value your opinion so we’re bringing you in on this decision.

We are told that the options are: quartz, a manmade product; granite, slightly less costly than quartz; ceramic tile; and many other items.

We are looking for guidance from you, with your expertise and hopefully experience with some or all of these products. -Alan F.

Answer #1

Alan, This is simple for me.

I love granite for many reasons: it’s durable and has virtually no maintenance unlike marble, which is a softer stone and can be more easily scratched and damaged.

Mechanical polishing is necessary on marble to bring its luster back, but granite holds its great look for years.

I have granite in my home and with my large family I use commercial size pots. I am able to take those from the stove to the countertop, with no damage whatsoever.

Maintenance is easy, just keep it clean and about every six or so months. Depending on your level of usage, you can get an aerosol can of granite sealer and simply spray this on and wipe it down, to help keep the microscopic dirt out of the pores.

I’ve had my counters for about 20 years and they still look fabulous, with only this care.

I do recommend that you invest in a quality installer that uses laser cuts.

This will ensure that your seams are flawless, which will also help with the overall look and longevity.

There are many other choices out there, as you said, but I vote granite, hands down. Good luck.

Robert Lamoureux has 38 years of experience as a general contractor, with separate licenses in electrical and plumbing contracting. He owns IMS Construction Inc. in Valencia. His opinions are his own, not necessarily those of The Signal. Opinions expressed in this column are not meant to replace the recommendations of a qualified contractor after that contractor has made a thorough visual inspection. Email questions to Robert at robert@imsconstruction.com.

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