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Unread 06-16-2006, 05:50 AM   #1
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Which is better for a kitchen worktop: Composite Stone or Granite? The composite stone is more expensive than the granite, does that sound right to you?

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Unread 06-16-2006, 06:52 AM   #2
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Natural stone is way better. It is heat resistant, and if you get the right one, absolutely impervious too. It looks way better than the plastic stuff and is the only counter surface that is guaranteed AT LEAST 100% return on value when doing improvements on your property.

Engineered stuff has a big marketing hype, but loads of fine print. They seem to think too that the price will lend something to it's quality. NOT
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Unread 06-16-2006, 07:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. :O) Composite stone is not plastic though, it is made out of marble, granite, quartz, etc.

Does that change your answer or is granite still better? Thanks so much!
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Maha - what I said about fine print

Marble, quartz and what? The answer is plastic resin. It is the "glue" that holds the pieces of rock together. By weight it is 97% stone and 3% resin (or whatever ratio they claim) but by volume the ratio is considerably different. The composites will burn and melt, and often do so.

Terazzo has a cementatious matrix, and that would be heat resistant - think concrete counters here.

Natural stone is the way to go
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I'm with GraniteGirl on this one. When we attach sink ancors to granite and use a torch to dry off the stone when we attach the achors and I tried the torch on a sample of the silestone which is a brand of composite granite and the sample caught on fire in about 5 seconds!
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