Am I the Only One Who Hates Granite Countertops?

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Real Estate Agent with S & L Properties

Now, I know granite is very popular and status homes have to have granite for resale; however, I do not like kitchens with granite countertops.  I like other solid surface countertops, just not granite.  A few years ago, I rented a home with black granite countertops while my home was being remodeled.  After every activity at the sink, I was constantly drying and polishing.  Water around the faucets would cause a haze that was very unsightly.  Splatters from the stove required cleaning and polishing, again.  Wipe off the counters at night, get up the next morning...you could see smudges you hadn't cleaned the night before.  When I complained to my cabinet maker, he told me that granite has to be sealed every six months, and it sounded like the rental house granite needed sealing.  Needless to say, I have silestone which I love.  I hate to admit it but I really love the new textured formica...I know, that is the kiss of death on any home over $100,000.  I hate housework so I would never willingly put a product in my house that required that much work...so no granite for me.

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Comments (17)

Cheryl Clayton
Westlake Village home buyers and sellers Thousand Oaks homes - Westlake Village, CA
Conejo Valley and Simi Valley Realtor

Good points about granite, Linda, but I still think it looks very classy! Maybe the black color needs more maintenance.

Nov 11, 2010 03:30 PM
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Linda, I have silestone, too!! Granite is oh-so-popular here...but I often wonder what the next "wave of popularity" will be. I remember when buying a new construction in 1998...Corian counters were the big whoop-de-doo.  Now, Corian is ho-hum.

Nov 11, 2010 03:31 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm not a fan either.  Having had a cabinet builder in the family... I'm a corian girl myself.

Nov 11, 2010 03:31 PM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Linda, I have heard of clients not liking Granite either. I personally don't have it in my house, because I haven't taken the time and energy to switch out my old ceramic tile countertops. Thanks for something to consider.

Nov 11, 2010 03:33 PM
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

Its the black that is the problem.  My son has that and it is constant smudge clean up.  Other colors in granite tend to be fine. But it is true about the sealing that has to be routinely done.

Nov 11, 2010 03:33 PM
Richard Ruggaber
Metro Life Homes - Los Angeles, CA
California Real Estate - (818) 422-5035

I am with you on Granite counters, I do not like the look of most of them.  I selected silestone for my most recent home I live in now and renovated and love the look and the easy care.

Nov 11, 2010 03:33 PM
Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

I have the Silestone too, I like it, and I don't like cleaning all the time either.

Nov 11, 2010 03:34 PM
Linda Hinson
S & L Properties - Calabash, NC

I love Corian, also.  I was the first in our community to order it in 1977...you had two choices...white or beige.  Black granite shows smudges more but I have been in homes that had grains running through and pebbles...if it is high gloss, you will really have to spend time which most people don't have.  I'm glad I am not the only one.

Nov 11, 2010 03:38 PM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Counters are going green in the newer homes here... eco-friendly recycled materials and concrete.... granite is on it's way out!  Kathy

Nov 11, 2010 03:40 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I love Silestone and have never been a fan of granite!!!  And I am sooooo tired of "maple cabinets and granite countertops."  I actually like the recycled glass...hopefully the wave of the future will be something more interesting than granite! (And something that requires less maintenance).

Nov 11, 2010 03:40 PM
Noreen Fennell
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Tuxedo, NY
Professional Service, Serious Results

You are not alone.  There are so many great surface choices available now- I have noticed. Silestone is showing up in a lot of the high end construction instead of granite. People are also questioning the possible radon emissions from granite.  Although the data seems to say that the amount present in counter tops is minuscule, it had been put in home buyer's minds that it might not be the safest and most ecologically friendly choice.

Nov 11, 2010 03:45 PM
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Linda,

I like Formica.  It is what I grew up with.  It is utilitarian and cheap, and durable and attractive.

And I have been informed that I am in error, or at least less than relevant.   We will be getting granite...

A few years ago, I predicted that granite would be an expectation in homes under $200,000, and people scoffed.  Well, this week, we had a builder in the office who is proudly putting granite in $140,000 homes.  

We'll NEVER get out from under it.

Nov 11, 2010 04:15 PM
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA

Linda,

It seems homeowner's counter top choices fit in to different categories. Some put easy of use 1st and others the most eye-popping material.  I enjoyed your post!

Steve

 

Nov 11, 2010 04:32 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Linda---you make some good points.  Choice is a great thing---some many choices -- granite, silestone, ceramic, formica, concrete --- I can appreciate aspects of each and, of course, the setting makes a big difference as well.  Thankfully we have many choices as well as different tastes.  Now, don't get me started on stainless steel appliances....

Nov 11, 2010 04:39 PM
Linda Hinson
S & L Properties - Calabash, NC

...never thought about the radon issue...

Ugh, concrete????  Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors have a gorgeous building.  They used concrete in their bathrooms and it looks real good until the end of meetings or workshops.  The water splashes, the concrete looks stained until it dries...maybe a good sealer is needed.

Nov 12, 2010 12:18 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

I thought I didn't like granite either until I went to a granite specialty shop and saw the amazing granite products available.  Having the common black or Ooba-tooba (sp?) is what I think most people dispise.  The new sealers are dramatically improved.  Now sealing is only necessary once every 5-10 years if you use the proper sealers.  Also, concrete makes some beautiful countertops as well -- you would never guess it was concrete - you would think it was a high priced solid surface so careful before you say UGH!

Nov 14, 2010 02:30 PM
Linda Hinson
S & L Properties - Calabash, NC

...bur, Margaret, did you actually install one in your home.  They are beautiful, gorgeous countertops but if you cook alot or have kids or grandchildren, you still do a lot of wiping and drying...not so bad if they are not high polish finishes.  I agree that many people love them...just not for me.

Nov 15, 2010 05:02 AM