yellowTlover wrote: I was trying to figure out what was best for my kitchen and they had such a good sale at a home center near us on Silestone and Granite was going to be on sale the week after that so I went and looked really hard at them and decided we needed to use quartz for me was 3 good reasons. 1. You can cut right on them and it only dulls your knives some. (I do a lot of butchering and sometimes the meat hangs off the cutting boards and my butcher block doesn't always have enough space to cut and package too. 2. They were giving your choice of edge treatments, (bull nose, half round, etc) free as well as they were upgrading to more choices free.) BUT the thing that sold me was I hated to see the seams on the granite and with them able to make longer pieces of quartz so with my (3) needed spaces I was going to be seam free! Then there was a thing they said that with granite it tends to get tiny problems of tiny cracks when you put hot pots on it..AND the a big problem I saw was you have to reseal granite too. 3. They were giving us a choice of a stainless steel sink of any kind a 2, 1 larger than the other, regular twins, deep or not and it was to be installed too! Plus there was 10% more off the entire purchase that day for the whole store so that we bought the water set of our choice along with a double filter system they drilled the holes for the spout too for us.
I needed to do something because the old counter was falling apart. I had had a long piece of Corian on the side for a while from a counter I bought at Ikea they were getting rid of a kitchen display for only $10.00 and found that was too easily damaged and showed every cut made. It evidently wasn't made to cut directly on. So that gave me a chance to see IT was not for my use lucky for me I learned that cheeeep!!... The photos are during the day of delivery ..The last photo is the entire length of the largest piece I would have needed and it just made it because of the length and the weight limits that the men needed to pick up off the dolly rollers they ran up my handicapped ramp to the back door and bend over and carry in to put in place. It is 1.5 inches thick.. I have loved using it every day since they were put in. Nothing about it have I not liked and this is here now for well over a year.
The HD home centers give away samples of their granite as well as the quartz to see if you like them in your own house. The quartz I chose I had stopped at a few of their stores for pieces leading up to the day of buying that match so I could get a better look of a larger area...and IF I wanted to make a mosaic out of the ones I have (only 1/4" thick) over the sink that match mine I could quite easily. But, I ordered the back piece 4 inches high. I took the remaining, NO ones back to the store! Afterward the installers gave us a sample when they came, full thickness to take to stores to match paint they told me...I just use it for a paper weight!