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whats the difference between vinyl and granite work top

Trying to get kitchen remodel, with little money what better vinyl or granite worktop. Funds are limited.
  • September 14 2010 - US
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why not check into the alternative choices. There are several.
try visiting a home improvement place.
  • December 25 2010
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Granite can give off radon. Vinyl does not.

Drop a dish on hard granite and expect it to break. Drop it in the other and it is likely to come out alright.
  • December 10 2010
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One thing to consider is how are the homes remodeled in your neighborhood...IF most homes have granite, you probably need to go ahead and install it too. IF not, you can still do it, but you could also consider a laminate. They have Wilson Art Laminate that looks really nice. I don't like tile on countertops- unless it is the super large Granite tiles...But the grout line needs to be super slim to look "polished". When I remodeled my bathroom I went to a granite shop and was able to purchase a gorgeous "remnant" granite piece. They have a LOT of leftover granite slabs out there that you can get enough for a kitchen countertop. Shop around, don't settle, and do what "feels" good. That's what worked for me..The really "nice" leftover/remnant granite only cost a bit more than the junk at the big box stores, so it was well worth it. Though of course a bathroom counter is much smaller than a kitchen counter...Still something to consider.

  • December 10 2010
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Never heard of "vinyl" worktops.  Do you mean laminate?  Laminate is cheaper and fairly durable.  Granite lasts forever and is expenseive.  There are some really nice laminate selections out there that resemble granite.  If your pocketbook is limited...go for the laminate!

  • December 10 2010
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If you are deciding between vinyl and granite then the cheapest granite would be better than the most expensive vinyl.  As an agent I can pitch granite counter tops even if their tiles, but it is a hard sale to state updated kitchen with amazing vinyl countertops.  It just doesn't sound great.

Simon Mills
Mills Realty
  • September 14 2010
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Look into cheap granite - its out there...Anything is better than vinyl.
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If cost is the driving factor, you're probably not going with granite. Ceramic tile is not a bad choice, although you might also look at granite tile.

We've had formica, tile, Corian®, and now have slab granite.

Really like our slab granite, with full splash. Lived with it now for 6+ years with minimal maintenance and no issues. Given the amount of counter and backsplash, we were advised to find a granite with movement (i.e., not a uniform pattern), and this was a great move. Also, practically no seams.

A less expensive granite option is granite tile.

Corian® was also nice, though our options at the time did not have very much variety in pattern/color. Choices may have improved. Downside over granite is lack of heat resistance. Advantage is it is non-porous. Can actually be more expensive than granite (depends on grade of both).

Ceramic tile was asked for by my wife (in the house after the Corian® experience). The overall look can be very nice, but grout lines got old real fast.
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you hit the nail on the head...cost is the biggest issue.
Consider ceramic tile as an option

good luck
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I sort of like ceramic tile. It has always been a good-looking, durable, cost-effective surface. Just make sure you seal the grout as recommended.
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Granite has to be sealed every 6 months or year (forget which) if not it could stain. You see, granite is slightly porous.
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Vinyl off-gases toxic fumes for a while.
Granite requires a lot of energy to quarry, manufacture and ship.  appearance is influenced by cost; that is "if it is cheap, it is probably ugly."
There are a number of products that are less expensive than natural stone and have some great characteristics that are heat resistant, easily repaired if damaged and come in some great colors.
Look at the countertop products carried by EcoHaus
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